which half of the Zambian population suffer from.
Instrument with entrance angle 180° for observation of the whole sky above
ASUS: Our favorite notebook into
which we copied all photos. The amount was so huge that we had to
uninstall even the Microsoft Office application.
Beitbridge: Place in Africa
with coordinates 22° 14' 35'' S, 29° 59' 26'' E. The bridge forms a
border between Zimbabwe and Republic of South Africa. There was the barbed wire
and ploughed zone of nobody.
Big 5: Five kings of the animals
(elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, lion). Will we see all of them today?
Favorite bet of the guides in the Kruger National Park.
Big tree nearby the Zambezi River upstream the Victoria Falls.
Blyde River Canyon: The
third biggest canyon in the world, length 32 km, depth 850 m.
Boeing: American company
producing wonderful planes, that transported us till our destination.
Břeň David: Member of the expedition.
Břichnáč Pavel: Member of the
Bulawayo: City in Zimbabwe with historical and archaeological
meaning, in which we spent about an hour...).
Customs: A place, where
many needless people are present. The custom officers lose your time,
money and nerves. I'm afraid, if you want come through the frontier, you have to stand several
queues there and fill in a number of senseless forms and let to mark them
with many rubber-stamps.
Department of Physics: Main organizer and financial patron of the
Czech Republic: Peculiar country in the heart of the Europe, from which
come all the
participants of the expedition. Population: about 10 millions, capital:
Prague, currency: Czech crown, language: Czech.
CTU: Czech Technical
University - organization, in which three members of the expedition are
lecturers and one student.
Great Zimbabwe Monument: 80 m high rocky royal seat and neighboring medieval little village with
remains of the fortification. Well-known part of the Monument is the stone tower that is
illustrated on right side of the Zim dollar coins. From the story comes also the characteristic
bird which occurs on backside coin and in national emblem.
Harare: Capital City of the Zimbabwe. For us
it was several hours of rest during our first and longest way through the Africa continent.
Heathrow: London district and
a well-known international airport. Place, where we had to spend much more
time than we originally meant.
Chiluba Frederik: Zambia president,
who declared for the press, that the eclipse is God's wonder and proclaimed
the eclipse day as public holiday.
Jackie: An African girl, to which Martin
fell in love at first sight.
Johannesburg: The biggest town in
the Republic of South Africa. We spent here several hours in the bus and
railway station and the desperation came as we realized that with one day delay
it is almost impossible to be in time in the total eclipse area.
Kariba Lake: Wide lake on the Zambezi
River, with depth as much as 489 m and huge dam,
that we unfortunately did not see.
Microbus driven by natives:
Very uncomfortable means of transport.
Kruger National Park: The
biggest national park in the Republic of South Africa, where live various wild
African animals. Length of the park is 350 kilometers, width from 60 to 80 km.
People willing to examine, photograph or film animals can be here only in driving
cars. Maybe they also could survive there without a car but no too long.
Kruger Paul: Founder of the national park in
the Republic of South Africa.
Kulhánek Petr: Head of the expedition.
Kwacha (ZAK): Zambian currency, instantaneous rate 3265 ZAK
per one USD.
Lachrymatory spray: Intended defense against possible
nighthawk. We have used
it only three times, but unfortunately only against ourselves.
Limpopo River: The river that headwaters
are located at the east of Pretoria. The river forms a big arc along northwest border
of the RSA, makes a part of the border with Botswana, the whole border with Zimbabwe and in Mozambique
joins the India Ocean. Length over 1310 km.
Livingstone: A town in southeast
Zambia. More famous are Victoria Falls, about 8 km south from Livingstone.
Towns of the same name are also in Scotland, USA, Mexico and New Zealand.
stop on our way and by the way the capital of the Great Britain. Population
is about 7 millions. Airport Heathrow. We had stayed at wonderful hotel Sheraton Heathrow.
Lusaka: The capital of the Zambia, it has 1.3 million
inhabitants, three high houses, power station and university. The city
became famous due to the total solar eclips on June 21, 2001.
Masvingo: A small town in the center of Zimbabwe, with two bridges, three gas stations and rectangular
Mesina: A town on Zimbabwean side of the border with Zambia,
not tofar from Beitbridge. It has a railway station but the trains go only twice a
Mpumalanga: Mpumalanga is
a town in the Republic of South Africa. It is located southerly from our
trip and that is why we did not visited this town.
MTO: Objective with focal length
of 1 m, it is of the Russian origin an it was lendšed by the Rokycany observatory
Nelspruit: The town in western part of the Republic of the South Africa, where we
had spent three days. The town was a starting point for our ways to the Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park.
Nikon: Company, which produced wonderful digital camera, with which we made over 1800 photos.
Petersburg: Town in the Russia and in
the Republic of South Africa. South African Petersburg has nor white
nights, nor Russian cold in it.
Pretoria: The capital of
the Republic of South Africa, 60 km north from Johannesburg.
Rand (SAR): Currency in the
RSA, rate 7,72 SAR per one USD.
RSA: Republic of South Africa.
SAR: See Rand.
Shona: One of original tribes living in
Zimbabwe. Ruins of the Shona king's town founded the history of present-time Zimbabwe. Symbols of this culture
can be found on the national flag, coins and notes and entrance Zimbabwean
Solar eclipse: Interesting natural
phenomenon, the solar disk is shielded by the Moon.
South Africa: Southmost and
well-developed country in the Dark Continent. Also the first and the last visited country of our
Third class train: This
means so called Economy Class train. It is extremely cheap way of
transport. We can recommend it to anybody, who has enough time. We
estimated average speed during 500 km section as 30 kilometers per hour.
Victoria Falls: Only the one place in Zambia and Zimbabwe, where
there are clouds and where it rains all over the year. The reason is the air
stream, spreading water fog from 95 m deep canyon. The total length of the
Victoria Falls is nearly 2 km. See map.
Zambia: Country in southern part of Africa, population of about
the same as in the Czech Republic, area ten times larger than Czech
Republic, unit of currency, Zambian Kvacha, approximately one hundredths
of the Czech crown.
Zambezi: African river,
forms a part of the Zambia - Zimbabwe border. Well-known are Kariba Lake and Victoria
Falls located on this river.
ZAK: See Kwacha.
Zimbabwe: An African
country, south from Zambia. In Zimbabwe we enjoyed the Great Monument (Ruins
of the Shona civilization), traveling by train and the customs procedures.
Zimbabwean dollar (ZWD): The
currency in Zimbabwe, rate 100 ZWD per one USD.
ZWD: See Zimbabwean
Member of the expedition.