Hometown Glory

December in Zim (DIZ) is a big deal for Zimbabweans. With a huge number of us being dispersed around the globe, this is the one time you are sure to see a large batch of the diaspora population making their trek back home for the Christmas holiday. It is a movement. It is an experience unmatched. Don’t get it twisted, Zimbos know how to have a great time.

So, with DIZ around the corner, I decided to write part II of my H-town GloryΒ post, this time focusing on the sights to be seen in Zim. One of my ultimate favourite places being, of course, Kariba.

Kariba is a very popular destination. The weather is warm year round – blazing in summer – and you get to escape from the madness of city life for a bit. The best way to truly enjoy Kariba is to be on a house boat. Boat cruises for an hour or two are cool too, but they are short lived and not as wonderful as a couple of days spent on the water.

House boats docked in Kariba

House boats docked in Kariba

Being on a house boat allows you to enjoy the company of friends & family in an intimate setting for a couple of days with none of the disturbances that come with phones, internet and unwanted visitors. When planning a trip like this, choose your company wisely. The last thing you want is to be stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere with bad company and ideas of jumping into the water to make friends with the crocs & hippos.

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Once out on the water, the purr of the boat as it moves along makes for the perfect lullaby – afternoon naps don’t get much better than this.

Rock-a-by baby

Rock-a-by baby

Once docked at your destination for the evening, it’s all about the fishing before the sun sets. I love the feeling of being out on the water, admiring the sunset, sipping on a cold somethin’, enjoying the company of loved ones and the triumphant shouts that come when you finally catch a fish or two.

Going fishing at sunrise and  sunset is a popular activity to do when houseboating.

Going fishing at sunrise and sunset is a popular activity to do when houseboating.

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Catch

Catch

After fishing, it’s for heading back to base for supper comprising of your latest catch, cleaned and deliciously prepared by the chef on deck and his assistant.

Catch of the day getting cleaned

Catch of the day getting cleaned

The days spent on the house boat follow a similar pattern – a blissful blur of doing very little, eating and drinking way too much and laughing till it hurts as unforgettable memories are made.

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Kariba is just another reason why I am proud to be called Zimbabwean. A true national treasure.

Lake Kariba in all its glory

Lake Kariba in all its glory

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