John Kaye and his family recently spent a memorable week on Matusadona and had some wonderful feedback and photos to share:
Obviously the Matusadona is an incredible craft which, despite having seen many photographs of her prior to our arrival, totally exceeded our expectations in terms of her size, comfort and luxury. Similarly, Lake Kariba is a place of breath-taking beauty with its ever-changing landscape, abundant wildlife and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Those wonderful things aside, what made the experience truly unique for us were those people who made it happen: The other organisers, thanks to whom every detail was taken care of and who put together a schedule which ran like clockwork from start to finish; Pascal at CFS who met us at Lanseria on both legs of our journey and made us comfortable and welcome from the outset; Pilot Piers who took great care of us not only in the air but also at Kariba airport and performed the smoothest touchdown that I’ve ever experienced on our return to Lanseria – my Mother-in-law wasn’t even aware that we were in fact on the ground; Our driver to and from the airport Flower (christened Mr Pot) and Maxwell our driver and guide during the game drive at Bumi Hills whose knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area was exceptional and made the drive a fascinating experience.
Then of course there was Scott (Indiana) Brown and his crew Newtern, Tyson and Tendai who were absolutely amazing in fulfilling our every need and creature comfort. Thanks to Tendai (and Sabine’s tuition I believe) the food was absolutely delicious and catered wonderfully for all our diverse culinary requirements and thanks to Scott there was never a dull moment. We were constantly on the go in the launch exploring the lakeside for game and birdlife, fishing or just watching the sun come up or go down – absolutely fabulous!
Amongst the five of us I estimate that around 3000 photographs were taken – an indication of the variety of fascinating things to which we were exposed. A few of them are attached: the family and I with Scott at the end of the cruise, and my wife and I in the launch showing that the weather on the second day was untypically wet and cool. Fortunately for the rest of the time the Jacuzzi was the order of the day together with a frosty Bohlinger’s, the local brew of which I became quite fond!
Then there is a shot selected from the multitude taken of the magnificent sunsets, followed by various examples of the wildlife we encountered, followed by some fishy tales.Firstly me and my first (relatively disappointing) catch followed by something more acceptable, then Scott with the largest ‘Cornish Jack’ that he’s ever caught (16kg plus) followed by a distinctly cheesed off baby whose mother we thankfully didn’t encounter.
Finally a shot of one of the many commercial fishing rigs that net fish from the lake by lamplight at night followed by the reason for it all – the remarkable Kariba Dam wall.
Sadly, now we are back in Gauteng it seems like a dream but we have our photos and many, many wonderful memories of a truly memorable trip for which we cannot thank De Vere enough.
Below are a few more pics from our wonderful time on Matusadona.
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