Mike & Debbie's Eclipse Tour 2001: Zimbabwe

Eclipse Album | Dublin | London | Cairo | Zimbabwe | Totality | Botswana | Johannesburg | Paris


The difficulty in viewing the June 21st eclipse is that the path of totality was over a very sparsely populated area. With very few towns and very few hotels within driving distance of totality, we decided to charter a plane to fly us to the viewing site. Instead of a hotel, we stayed at safari camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana.

In Zimbabwe, we stayed at the Little Makalolo Camp, located in the Hwange National Park on the eastern edge of the Kalahari desert. Here are photos of the camp.

Luxury tent    Breakfast in camp    Nature walk

Here are some of the many animals we saw:

Hippos grazing    Lioness    Warthogs    Leopard

Christa with leopard

On the 21st of June, we flew to Chikwenya to see the eclipse; see the Totality page for details.

On the 22nd of June, we flew to Victoria Falls to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Dr. Livingstone    Vic Falls Aerial view

After seeing the falls, we visited The Elephant Company, a private reserve of trained elephants. While we played with the elephats, a pair of warthogs looked on from a distance. Once the elephants were put away, the warthogs scoured the training area for spilled elephant treats. Once warthog seemed dazzled by the elephants' soccer ball.

The Elephant Company    The Elephant Company
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