The Road Less Travelled is ours; River rescues and Boating on the mighty Save River ……

The road less travelled is ours…


we have boated across the mighty Save River, Mahenye Island in the distance…


and have been the only human adventurers to explore the newly washed landscape of Gonarezhou….along rain-puddled  green-flanked roads inhabited by rolling balls of bullfrog tadpoles…and a troop of Ground hornbills who are happily collecting frogs…


and past the gigantic “Hunter’s Baobab” with its glistening wet Ansellia orchids and dripping honeycombs in its three bee’s nests on high..


The road leads nowhere, into sheets of flowing water, overspilling from the Tembweharta Pan and flowing towards the great Save river..which means that eager tilapia and other small fish such as Squeakers and catfish will soon be speeding their way up the new currents to inhabit the Pan, heralding a new season of life-giving water…


and delighting the crocodiles, Fish eagles and Pels fishing Owl who prey on them…

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Tembweharta Pan is bursting with water,


teeming with new life…


and the overspill into lower Tembweharta is spectacular..


Gentle bull elephants dot the lush landscape


and our return to Chilo Lodge involves getting deeply stuck in the mud and a gorgeous sunset river experience…



My favorite fig tree on the river bank usually stands high and proud out of the water, now its leaves brush the surface of the rolling tide…


followed by a peaceful evening on the high deck at Chilo Gorge,


watching nightjars hawk flying ants over the stately river below…

This Save river is a beauty, but treacherous for those who are caught unaware or who can not swim…we have rescued a man who spent two nights hanging in a tree and crying in vain for help across the rising waters below Mahenye Village…

Jephias and Mahore, master boatsmen of Chilo, canoed their way to him..


and brought the happy man to shore…


Peter Khumbula…a grateful and very happy man, puts his feet on solid ground….

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He has been spared by the River God– read about traditional beliefs here in this excellent article by Sekai Nzenza

and in my blog ...The Njuzu of the Save River...

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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