Heading East to the mountains and cooler ‘climes’

Departing Meikles Hotel, Harare
Departing Meikles Hotel, Harare

On checking out in the morning – Lou Brett said she felt like she had been on a luxury cruise – such was the stay at The Meikles Hotel in Harare. The service and friendly hospitality was remarkable and though there is still some surreptitious refurbishment in progress, it did not affect us in the least. Meikles Hotel is back!

The Flower Market on Unity Square outside Meikles Hotel in Harare (Lout Brett)
The Flower Market on Unity Square outside Meikles Hotel in Harare (Lout Brett)

PJ and Koos made an early start to tend to the (once again) bad knocking sound in the front right – which saw Koos removing the shock absorber completely and perhaps I had jinxed Hentie’s car which suddenly demanded a push to get going.

Price for fuel in Harare
Price for fuel in Harare

A few kilometres out of the city centre on the Old Mutare road we stopped to fuel up whereupon Mike Brett had a problem of a different sort – now the welsh plug on his radiator cap – a new one was machined by a local youngster Nigel Henwood. During which time the rest of the group made their way on to Halfway House where they would wait for the Brett’s and Loaders to catch up. Plenty of road works under the direction of the Chinese shows signs of a dual carriage way under constructions – soon driving to the Eastern Border with Mozambique will be a breeze.

Halfway between Harare and Mutare there is an Oasis
Halfway between Harare and Mutare there is an Oasis

While we were at the Service Station we were alerted to two guys who were chatting very animated to the Brett’s with open bonnet and boot … seasoned professional crooks who pulled over in a taxi as soon as they saw a car in distress with foreign number plates … only when I took a photo did they abruptly turn their back and disappear as fast as they blew in.

TIP OF THE DAY – Zimbabweans are really friendly so be aware of the exceptional rotten apple with a devious worm!

Travelling with a bit more luggage than us in the MGs
Travelling with a bit more luggage than us in the MGs

The drive from the Rusape turn-off to Nyanga was spectacularly scenic with the distinct flat topped acacias marking the territory.

Driving to Nyanga
Driving to Nyanga

We cruised around the bends in a delightful convoy of colourful MGs until the turn off to Inn on Rupurara and the 3kms of sobering bumpy, undulating rustic road in.

Road to Inn on Rupurara
Road to Inn on Rupurara

The Oasis at the end of the road soon had everyone relaxed again. Pre-dinner drinks in front of a roaring fire followed by a Table d’hôtel Dinner a la Gordon Addams with the best service we encountered in the whole of Zimbabwe so far …. All made for a wonderfully memorable evening.

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