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IN 1994, I WENT BACK TO ZIMBABWE, BUT ON HOLIDAY THIS TIME. THE WAR WAS OVER WHICH MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO TOUR THE COUNTRY IN SAFETY, SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE WHEN I LIVED THERE.

L IN THEM THAR MATOPOS HILLS

LAETITIA IN THE MATOPOS HILLS.

BACK TO SCHOOL. The first thing I did was go to Bulawayo (where I'd grown up) and visit my old school, Hillside Junior. This is me in the main quad where we used to line up after breaktime in the late 70s. We stayed in the Churchill Arms Hotel, just around the corner from where we used to live in the early 80s. KYLE IN THE HILLSIDE SCHOOL QUAD, 1994
FALL GUYS. After that, we drove up to Victoria Falls for a completely excellent couple of days at the Vic Falls hotel. 

Despite the fact that I'd lived in the country between 1974 and 1984, I'd never had the chance to see its sites because of the war, so this was my first opportunity to travel the country safely. It felt great.

US AT VIC FALLS
TOM=CRUISE. If you've got the tom (money) for it, then you HAVE to try the sundowner cruises on the Zambezi River, where you do your best to fit the Hippo and elephants in between the rounds of Gin & Tonic. Yum. ON THE ZAMBEZI
GREAT ZIMBABWE. Then a hot dash across the country to what's one of the only ruined cities in southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe, where I bought an excellent cobra-headed hiking stick. We also stayed at what used to be known as Lake Kyle (yes, really) in the Rhodesian era. I have no idea where the name came from, but my school friends never stopped ribbing me about the coincidence. KYLE IN RUINS...
HOME AGAIN. After Mutare, the Eastern Highlands, the Troutbeck Inn in Inyanga and other nice things, we drove back to Bulawayo where we caught our return flight back to SA. Note the glass bottles on the table here at the airport - Zimbabwe still recycles all its bottles. BULAWAYO AIRPORT

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