Victoria Falls-- Zimbabwe

View from Victoria Falls Hotel

View from Victoria Falls Hotel

You can barely talk over the noise

You can barely talk over the noise

CIRCA 1975

Karen and I went to the magnificent Victoria Falls discovered by Doc Livingstone on the border of Zambia and Rhodesia (as it was called then-- it is Zimbabwe now) on the beautiful Zambezi River.

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Christmas in Rhodesia

We stayed at the Zambezi Lodge Hotel and were with a couple of Brit friends Jeff and Rhona. The food was insane!

This is the bridge upon which Joshua Nkomo . Ian Smith and Mugabe had their talks about Rhodesian independence. On the right of the bridge is Zambia, on the left is Rhodesia.Of course they were mortal enemies all. Ian Smith had declared UDI and broke away from Great Britain as a British Commonwealth country, subsequently declaring UDI and he himself becoming Prime Minister of Rhodesia as an independent country. Nkomo and Mugabe battled each other as well as Ian Smith and eventually Mugabe took the country back as it were and became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Him, his family and his cronies have since plundered the great diamond wealth of this beautiful place whilst the poor people have suffered greatly in poverty. To this day it is status quo.

This is the bridge upon which Joshua Nkomo . Ian Smith and Mugabe had their talks about Rhodesian independence. On the right of the bridge is Zambia, on the left is Rhodesia.Of course they were mortal enemies all. Ian Smith had declared UDI and broke away from Great Britain as a British Commonwealth country, subsequently declaring UDI and he himself becoming Prime Minister of Rhodesia as an independent country. Nkomo and Mugabe battled each other as well as Ian Smith and eventually Mugabe took the country back as it were and became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Him, his family and his cronies have since plundered the great diamond wealth of this beautiful place whilst the poor people have suffered greatly in poverty. To this day it is status quo.

You get soaked from the spray. Lovely legs-- me that is.

You get soaked from the spray. Lovely legs-- me that is.

Jeff trying to get the monkey to chat! But it didn't care a damn.

Jeff trying to get the monkey to chat! But it didn't care a damn.

Can't remember ever not having a mustache -- strange really-- even as a baby!

Can't remember ever not having a mustache -- strange really-- even as a baby!

Constantly at war you would see this all the time.

Constantly at war you would see this all the time.

Karen's turn for a face look-- complete shock if anything. I think it was New Year's Eve circa 1975.

Karen's turn for a face look-- complete shock if anything. I think it was New Year's Eve circa 1975.

Zambezi Lodge Hotel.

Zambezi Lodge Hotel.

Local Bantu home.

Local Bantu home.

Baobab tree. Put Jeff there just to show scale.

Baobab tree. Put Jeff there just to show scale.

This beetle flew into my head! Blind as a bat.

This beetle flew into my head! Blind as a bat.

Livingstone.

Livingstone.