Happy birthday Jaco!

Inn at Rupurara
Inn at Rupurara

Happy Birthday Jaco Boshoff!

Before heading for Mutare and Bvumba beyond, we made a detour to Troutbeck Inn where we had intended to stay but where ousted by an exclusive booking for a Hunting Shooting Fishing weekend. The place was abuzz with activity – and looking immaculate. A definite fixture on a return visit.

A day of fun at Troutbeck Inn, Nyanga
A day of fun at Troutbeck Inn, Nyanga
A creative steeple chase fence at Hunting- Shooting- Fishing
A creative steeple chase fence at Hunting- Shooting- Fishing
Road works on Christmas Pass into Mutare
Road works on Christmas Pass into Mutare

The drive over Christmas Pass was delayed for a long time by a very busy stop start due to road works and a rather nasty incident by a very political local who demanded we move over in the queue to let him pass because “ I am who I am!” It reminds one of a story where an irritating passenger on a flight demanded special service and said to the trolley-dolly “do you know who I am?” to which she responded over the intercom “Ladies & Gentlemen, can I have your attention please … does anyone know this Man? He seems to have forgotten who he is!”. Funny now, but it was rather intimidating whilst he was chasing us with a bakkie through streets in Mutare. Luckily he gave up when he realised we were not taking the bait. This part of the country seem a teeny bit more twitchy.

winding our way up through the Bvumba
winding our way up through the Bvumba

The drive up to the Bvumba and the spell-bounding approach to Leopard Rock Hotel and Golf Course is always welcome but this time, not mist and highlighted by flowering Aloes. What a sight.
Quick on the Golf carts to relish the sight before sundown.

Leopard Rock Hotel, Casino & Golf Course - Bumba
Leopard Rock Hotel, Casino & Golf Course – Bumba

Dinner was gracious and with a HUGE chocolate birthday cake to celebrate Jaco’s birthday, making memories that will definitely endure.

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