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An amazing mollusk: the Giant African Land Snail, revered totem of the Chauke Clan…

I love sketching the shells of these snails, so sculptural…. Achatina fulica is a species of land snail in the family Achatinidae, known commonly as the  giant African land snail. Wikipedia says: Outside of its native range this snail thrives … Continue reading

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Cleome by any other name would taste as sweet…..good ‘slow’ food at Chilo Gorge!

Beautiful Cleome Gynandra is growing fast in our Gonarezhou area with the recent rain. Thomas Mutombeni, head guide at Chilo Gorge, says: “it is a food plant, the leaves of which the Shangaans cook and eat like spinach. Shangaans call it … Continue reading

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A wedding to remember……forever

Life is a roller coaster, high wave adventure, and Kelli and Anton started 2015 on a huge wave….!   riding their separate cruise ships round the Hawaii’an Islands and the Caribbean islands! While on their far-apart cruise ships, Kelli and … Continue reading

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Elephants, Sabi Stars and Aloes go well together in the garden at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…..

Over the last weeks our young bulls have been munching trees nightly around the rooms, looking down their long trunks at me in disdain as I try to shoo them away… ……..and for the last few nights at Chilo, two of them have raided … Continue reading

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Beauty specialist on a South Sea Cruise: Humpback Whales, Dance and turquoise waters…

Kelli, my Zimbabwean African child,  is sailing as a Beauty Specialist on a South Sea Cruise from San Diego to Hawai’i and Tahiti this month…     This is one of her orchid photos from the Hawai’i Botanical Gardens… What … Continue reading

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Crossandra flowers and tilapia fillets; old “churhi” and Blue waxbill grass…

At Chilo Gorge every day brings new beauty, such as this gorgeous Crossandra framed by what I call ‘blue waxbill grass’– I have called it that because I did not know the latin name, but do know that the Blue … Continue reading

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African Wood Owls fascinate; Gecko for supper….

  African Wood Owl – Strix woodfordii As dusk falls, we sit quietly on the breakfast deck at Chilo Gorge…listening to the night sounds, enjoying the cool after a long, hot, rain-threatening day… A bush baby tiptoes out of the … Continue reading

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