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  • Day 21 - Matopos Trip Re-imagined

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    At breakfast we were told by Nix that we were going to Matopos after all, but only for the day to change SD cards and take down traps whilst the Wilson's were away for the next week. Mid through brushing my teeth she comes to get us and we set off in Kevin's truck, after a quick comment on drive safely because he loves his baby (the truck). Nix's song …

  • Day 20 - Mud Baths and Parties

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Today was not a productive day of work. It was our plan (Teea, mine and Mack's along with Patrick's help) to make Breezer a massive mud pond and to fail in his little hut that we had started to give him a shelter to keep warm at night. The morning went well - we wetted all the soil and started digging. Great company and especially as soon as Patrick stepped …

  • Day 19 - The Fake Return Trip to Matopos

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Today started off normal but rushed as a I still had to pack to my return trip to Matopos! I was pretty sad that Teea couldn't come but all the while couldn't wait to get started on the camera traps. I packed and walked down the house after feeding Tammy her morning banana peels. I toddles down under the weight of my huge thick blanket and Kevin commented that 'there's …

  • Day 18 - The Meat (Foetus) Pile Up

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    This morning I was so excited to see the sun and feel the warmth again even if it was slightly windy. Ornella and I were on carnivores so after breakfast we went straight to the slab to find Lala and Brian. I started off cleaning Rosaline and Kaala's water bowls which was easy enough. The tricky job was getting Aranja out of her little inside cage and outside so we …

  • Day 17 - The British Weather Catastrophe in Africa

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Today was a cold day! By cold I mean the England Autumn chill. After breakfast I started to do baby duty but was taken to the antelopes with Ornella as the schedule properly started being used. Richard (the antelope staff member) is awesome. He's so relaxed and funny, and makes the work so much easier. We spent the morning just brushing out the water buckets and refilling them and taking …

  • Day 16 - A Sad Goodbye to My Best Friend Here

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Seeing each other at breakfast today Jos and I almost started crying again. Neither of us can believe she's actually going today! Finally the foods ruck arrived last night and so babies have food! Rees, Rhea and JJ (the duikers) were so pleased to see the buckets piled high with fruit and veggies, and Breezer (bush pig) had even emptied his scrap and chips that had been there for ages …

  • Day 15 - Another hot half day in the sun

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Another day began at Chipangali and breakfast seemed very sparse for people. Then I realised - it's Bart, Keeley and Alison's last day and the Parson's last full day before they leave tomorrow so they were having a lie in. After breakfast I fed Tammy banana peels with Ella and went to do babies but when I arrive and opened the fridge it was empty. The truck for rotten fruit and veg fro …

  • Day 14 - Back to Chipangali and it's multitude of leaves

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    SaturdayThe morning bell rung again at 5am but I knew better and took that extra hour and half in bed. After breakfast we packed away the tents, which was nice to not do in the rain (thank you DofE). Thank god we found the machete that Joslyn has 'lost' the night before - she had placed t on the lip of the braii and so the plastic handle had melted into the …

  • Day 13 - Tracking Barney

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Nix had mentioned last night that we were getting up at 6am but there is a very loud bell that goes off at 5am for the dairy workers. This obviously did register with neither Jos or me and so that morning bell was our call to wake up. We sat awake moaning that no one was up and that we were hungry but the kitchen was locked, for over an hour until Keeley and …

  • Day 12 - Matopos (Matobo) National Park

    MollyBuckmaster

    by: MollyBuckmaster

    created on: Aug 30, 2016 | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    Waking up to the morning breath of a bush pig was not pleasant. After breakfast Nix came down and said we were leaving as soon as possible for Matopos, so I had to pack in 5 minutes. With a full backpacks ready for the 3 day-2 night trip we set off with everyone piling in the jeep with the bags and food from Chipangali. Moving off in the Land Rover …

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