Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Matopos

For our last weekend in Zim, the team spent a night camping in the Motopos Mountains. It's similar to Moab State Park in Utah with balancing rocks and rocky hillsides, just the African version.

We drove down a very bumpy dirt road for about an hour until it stopped. Literally, the road stopped right in front of a steep rock. We kept driving. (the rock begins just where the shadow is in the picture below)

At the top of the rock, there were a few little cottages built into the gigantic rock with views to die for.

We all enjoyed the sunset, a long and late chat around the campfire, the bright stars bright enough to cast perfectly crisp shadows and a 5am sunrise.

On Saturday, the team went for a long hike while Lazzy and I stayed behind to nap. Dan captured some pretty cool pictures of cave drawings believed to be over 2000 years old. The drawings depicted bushmen and the much taller Bantu people who came up from South Africa. No one knows exactly who did the drawings. Pretty amazing stuff.

I felt a bit sentimental as we drove away from our retreat, knowing it was our last weekend in Zimbabwe. I have so enjoyed our getaways here. We saw more of Zimbabwe in 6 weeks than we ever saw of Malawi in two years! I am so thankful we were able to experience so much of Africa this time around. It's just confirmed for me how much I really love that place.


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