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Day 88 – ‘Christmas Box’

19th December 2011

semi-overcast 28 °C

After such a sweet game drive it was time to see if Redvers would step up to the plate. As a car doctor I’d essentially given him antibiotics and sent him off, knowing it probably wasn’t going to fix him. We said our goodbyes and tuned the Sat-Nav for Mlibizi, the town from which we’d catch our ferry across Lake Kariba. Police engagements ten and eleven ensued. Ten was a formality. Eleven replied “Not good” when I asked how she was. Here we go, I thought. Out came the drivers’ license. Out came the car papers. Out came the car ownership papers. We were airtight. “Christmas box,” she stated looking me in the eye. “What?” “Christmas box, something for Christmas...” You cheeky little... “That’s illegal,” I said “We’ve spoken to the police down the road and they say we shouldn’t pay any bribes.” “Which police,” she replied. As we told her about the cops at the last stop her will broke, we had her, I carried on smiling at her, got back in the car and thanked her as Redvers grumbled, and drove away, squeaking.

Our sources told us there was nowhere to camp at Mlibizi, so we’d planned on finding a local chief and making use of his lands for an evening. It turns out, there are a few places to camp. We chose a lovely spot on the banks of the lake. The folks got lucky as ‘Colin’ patched us through to England via the magic of satellite technology, he’s a beauty. For seven dollars each we had a lakeside view, a chap that fetched fire wood for us, and when Laura asked about the mango trees a bag appeared ten minutes later with seven large, ripe, sticky and sweet fruits which Somers et upon like a ravenous fruit bat. Her comedy orange smile betrayed her age as the sweet juice that coated her lips glowed brilliant orange in the evening sun and another mango met its sticky end. We had cold beers as we watched monitor lizards climbing into the bins to retrieve fish guts from the days catch while the sun set.

Posted by ibeamish 02:36 Archived in Zimbabwe

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