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Friday, 13 April 2007

Teak trees and cormorants, Kariba

Four days' houseboating on Kariba gave a good start to the trip, with first looks at wildlife. From the houseboat, a speedboat or the shore many visitors presented themselves.
The lake was artifically created some decades ago along with a dam at one end which provides much elecrtricity to Zimbabwe. In the process, many animals had to be rescued from the flood - in Operation Naoh's Ark, as it was called - and many trees, such as these teaks, were drowned. Their wood is so hard that they remain standing after all this time, and it is still useable to make beautiful furniture or other items.

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