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Day 90 – Into Kariba

21st December 2011

sunny 30 °C

The nights’ sleep was never going to be a particularly good one; perched on a seventies wire deck chair with the stars sailing by. We were up just after four and stood looking out over the starboard side as the suns’ rays started to grapple over the hills of the mainland. The boat picked up speed again, (the leaky fuel pipe had been fixed with gaffer tape,) and we continued along past the Kapenta fishing boats. (Kapenta is basically what we call white bait in England and here it’s fished for by lowering a wide circular net into the water and shining a light above it. As the fish come to the light you raise the net and bingo, you have a catch.) We arrived just after 2pm, only eight hours late, travelling faster than we had been when we started. (I believe the efficiency of speed was due largely to the depletion of the not insubstantial food stocks and their subsequent voiding into the lake via one individual’s gallant efforts and multiple visits to one of the onboard water closets.)

At Kariba we were straight off the ferry as the manager told the guy with the scratched car to deal with the problem himself. We picked up some bolts that Redvers may find useful and a visit to the supermarket allowed us to stock up on beers and cider for the forthcoming canoe expedition, as well as a few Christmas supplies for the day of our return. On the way to our campsite Somers purchased a Tiger fish (my elusive quarry) from a chap with a cool box and a monopoly on fish mongery at the petrol station. Our campsite overlooked the lake from the hillside. Down at the beach, near the water, Somers jumped out of her skin as she realised there was a metre long crocodile barely submerged and looking right at her. We retreated to a safe distance and sat and watched it cruise around the bay for a while. Back at the camp we braai’d our Tiger fish, some T-bone steaks and cracked a few cold ones. We’d need the energy; the next few days would be spectacular.

Posted by ibeamish 02:44 Archived in Zimbabwe

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