The guest house was originally the current owner's parents' house and has been lovingly and tastefully converted into a farm house B&B. Patti was very welcoming and took us for a drive to see the buffalo which they have on the farm and then to nearby her own house where they have two magnificent lions. The lions came to Patti as cubs which had been orphaned and were hand reared but are now fully grown so kept in a large enclosure. She can still stroke and pet them but they are now wild animals but were an amazing sight. So content and well cared for and getting up close enough to them we were able to get some incredible photos.
We spent the next day exploring the lovely gardens, having a swim in the heat and relaxing. We were served lovely home cooked meals and it was the perfect ending to our time in Zimbabwe.
We left early the next morning to cross the border into South Africa and continue our journey to Irene where we received the usual warm and loving welcome from my sister Dee and her family with whom we will spend Christmas and the next ten days until we fly off on the next leg of our journey.
Our visit to Zimbabwe has been a very happy one. Chris has looked forward to seeing the country where I grew up and we were so lucky to have explored so much of it, especially as mum has accompanied us on the journey. She has been such a good sport and joined in with everything we have done, even when it has been scorchingly hot. I truly hope that Zimbabwe will continue to improve so that the visitors start to return to enable the wonderful places to be explored and enjoyed more. The people of Zimbabwe have and continue to live under very difficult times, yet they are still so friendly, happy and welcoming. It has been great to be home again.