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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #75 on: September 03, 2015, 02:28:15 PM »
gorer would be the masculine form
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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #76 on: September 03, 2015, 02:36:16 PM »
Day Four: Zimbabwe/Cape Town

We woke super early to cram in some last minute actives before flying out to Cape Town. Incidentally, this afforded us with the opportunity to get some amazing shots of sunrise over the falls:
DSC01131 by ponash, on Flickr

We did a (very) early morning elephant back safari. We each rode elephants through the bush and were able to get pretty close to giraffes, zebra etc. After that we were able to interact and feed our elephant. They then served a big breakfast, which of course we couldn’t partake in.
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The Zimbabwe currency was so devalued that that it’s no longer used. Some dollars laying around:
DSC01227 by ponash, on Flickr


We had told our driver that we’d be interested in visiting a local village and asked if he could arrange it. So after we got back from the elephant back safari, he took us to his own village and arranged a tour with his village headman.
The village headman took us around his homestead and showed us how they built the bricks and thatching for their houses. He explained casually that they respect the women a lot because they’re very smart and work so hard. They do everything including building the homes and only sometimes do the men help. (Interestingly enough we noticed all over that the females, animal and human alike, work like dogs while the men do basically nothing.)
DSC01231 by ponash, on Flickr

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He showed us his mother’s kitchen and said they bury the women in the field near their kitchen:
DSC01246 by ponash, on Flickr

The village headman with the dish drying rack:
DSC01247 by ponash, on Flickr

Bathroom, inside and out:
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DSC01267 by ponash, on Flickr

Village headman’s house:
DSC01266 by ponash, on Flickr
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After that we went back to Victoria Falls Airport where we caught a flight to Joburg and then straight to Cape Town. On the way to the hotel we stopped by Avrons to pick up some food, which was really excellent.
We got to our hotel, The Clarendon – Fresnaye, a beautiful boutique hotel located right near Avrons and the Chabad shul. The staff were amazing, super friendly and helpful in every way.
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To be continued...

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #77 on: September 03, 2015, 02:39:55 PM »
Awesome
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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #78 on: September 03, 2015, 02:44:23 PM »
wow, hotel looks nice.. I think I see a Washington Redskins superbowl champion cap that town mayor is wearing...
We are spoiled the way we live...........

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #79 on: September 03, 2015, 02:44:27 PM »
Wow, excellent pics. Keep it coming.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #80 on: September 03, 2015, 02:58:45 PM »
wow, hotel looks nice.. I think I see a Washington Redskins superbowl champion cap that town mayor is wearing...
We are spoiled the way we live...........
Yes it was a Redskins cap.
And yes, now that I have both pictures side by side of the village and then the hotel...

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #81 on: September 03, 2015, 03:17:56 PM »
Awesome pics and report.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #83 on: September 03, 2015, 05:27:49 PM »
Thanks for sharing..

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #84 on: September 04, 2015, 02:34:12 PM »
WOW what an epic experience. Very interesting and entertaining...

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #85 on: September 05, 2015, 02:46:22 PM »
The village people all spoke English?

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #86 on: September 05, 2015, 09:37:44 PM »
They all learn English in school

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #87 on: September 05, 2015, 10:28:09 PM »
Great TR. One question which was asked previously and wasn't answered yet. How was kosher food arranged at every step of the way? Also, what hecsher was it? I would love to do such trip. I think the price makes sense for a trip served on a golden plate. People don't count in all the planning which is required when doing it on your own, some people like planning and researching, I hate it..

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #88 on: September 06, 2015, 01:27:13 AM »
Everything was under the Beth Din of Johannesburg, which is the one hechsher that everyone there keeps. The food depended where we were. Going to Zimbabwe we checked in with our luggage 2 boxes of food. We then brought it straight to the hotel and they took care of it from there. We told them when we would want to eat dinner and they would heat all the double wrapped food up. We had cutlery as well. For lunch we had prewrapped salads and such that we also kept in hotel kitchen. They were a bit bewildered but very willing to help (one guy came over with a package of hot cups asking us to open the package because he knows he's not allowed to.) In Cape Town and Joburg we were able to go out to eat and for Shabbos it was basically the same idea as Zimbabwe.

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Re: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana Trip Report
« Reply #89 on: September 06, 2015, 10:07:17 PM »
Wow very nice TR and thanks for the Picks! who doesn't like that. ;D