Photographic Archive of Rhodesia - Photos by Colin Weyer  (for copyright details see here)  

View from Leopard Rock Hotel - 1975

View of gardens at Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, Rhodesia.

Happy days in paradise!

"Nowhere more beautiful in Africa" - Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of Britain, when describing her visit to Leopard Rock in the Vumba Mountains of Rhodesia.

Leopard Rock with the hotel nestling at its foot 1976

Leopard Rock in the Vumba

with the hotel nestling at its foot.

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Breakfast at Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, Rhodesia 1975

Breakfast time at Leopard Rock Hotel,

Vumba, Rhodesia.

 

Rhodes grave and Shangani Memorial, Matopos Hills, Rhodesia 1975

Rhodes grave and Shangani Memorial, Matopos Hills, Rhodesia

Lowveld Irrigation, Chiredzi, Rhodesia 1975

Lowveld irrigation, Chiredzi,

S.E. Rhodesia.

A hot climb up the kopje even in the dry season!

(Note numerous baobabs centre left.)

Conical Tower, Zimbabwe Ruins, Rhodesia 1974

Conical Tower, Zimbabwe Ruins, Rhodesia

Jacarandas on Montague Ave Salisbury Jan 77

Jacarandas on Montagu Ave, Salisbury, 1977

(see here for the same location in 1932)

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Alouette 111s at FAF8, Grand Reef, near Umtali, 1977

Alouette 111s in the revetments at FAF8,

Grand Reef, near Umtali, 1977

Livingstone House from Salisbury Gardens 1974

Livingstone House from Salisbury Gardens

Kyle Dam on the Mtilikwe River 1975

The Kyle Dam on the Mtilikwe River

which helps to irrigate the Lowveld

Mazoe Dam April 75

Mazoe Dam after good rains.

Constructed in 1919 and raised in 1961.

Rainbow over Mazoe Citrus Estate 1976

Rainbow over Mazoe Citrus Estate

Zimbabwe Ruins Hotel 1975

Zimbabwe Ruins Hotel

Bougainvillea and Jacaranda at Mazoe 1976

Bougainvillea and Jacaranda at Mazoe

Late afternoon view from Leopard Rock, Vumba 1976

Late afternoon view from Leopard Rock, towards Burma Valley, Vumba

Lunch at Birchenough Bridge 1976

Lunch at Birchenough Bridge

Baobab tree on the Beitbridge - Fort Victoria Road

Baobab on the Beitbridge - Fort Victoria road 1974

(see here for the same location in the 1930s)

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Heading North for Fort Victoria 1974

Heading North for Salisbury,

next stop: Fort Vic.

Looking East along Jameson Ave, Salisbury from Livingstone House 1977

Looking East along Jameson Ave

from Livingstone House, Salisbury

Salisbury, capital of Rhodesia from the air 1979

Salisbury, capital of Rhodesia

from the air.

RBC / RTV Studios, Salisbury, Rhodesia 1975

"This is the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation"

RBC / RTV Studios, Salisbury

Grain silos at Concession in Mashonaland, 1976

Grain silos at Concession in the heart of a prosperous farming area North of Salisbury.

Umtali from Christmas Pass 1976

Umtali from Christmas Pass, 1976

(see here for the same view 50 years earlier)

Looking North accross Salisbury Gardens from atop Livingstone House before the rains, 1977

Looking North from Livingstone House over Salisbury Gardens before the rains

Crossing the Umvumvumvu River, heading North for Umtali, 1976

Crossing the Umvumvumvu River,

heading North for Umtali

Kyle Dam from Murray MacDougall Drive

The Kyle Dam from Murray MacDougall Drive, Mtilikwe Tribal Trust Land

Zimbabwe Ruins showing Temple Enclosure from the Acropolis, 1974

Zimbabwe Ruins from the Acropolis showing the Temple Enclosure (left) in the Valley of Ruins

New Year's Gift Tea Estate, Tanganda, Rhodesia, 1975

Site author, Colin Weyer, at New Year's Gift Tea Estate, Tanganda, Rhodesia

Cashel - Melsetter Road - Chimanimani Mountains, Rhodesia 1974

Cashel - Melsetter road, Chimanimani Mountains, Rhodesia

Finger Rock near Morgenster Mission, Victoria District, 1974

Finger Rock near the Morgenster Mission, Victoria District

Fountains in Cecil Square, Salisbury

Fountains in Cecil Square, Salisbury

On the Narrow Tar, Shamva - Bindura road, 1974

On the "narrow tar"

Shamva - Bindura road

Approaching Birchenough Bridge with young baobab tree on the right, 1974

Approaching Birchenough Bridge.

The arch may just be seen in the centre glinting above the road. Note the young baobab tree on the right.

Mtarazi Falls from Honde Valley Rhodesia 1974

Mtarazi Falls (Rt) from Honde Valley, Rhodesia.

The river drops 2,499 feet (762 metres) being the 2nd highest

in Africa. (Mutaruru Falls to the left)

Bubye River Bridge, Rhodesia 1975

Bubye River Bridge, Rhodesia 1975. A fine example of 50 years progress taken from the Lion & Elephant Motel. The old low level bridge is covered with debris after heavy rains.

Deadly Hazard ahead on the narrow tar near Mtoroshanga

Deadly Hazard awaiting the unwary just round the bend on the narrow tar between Banket and Raffingora.

The Hazard awaiting the unwary - only room for one car!

The Hazard - only room for one car at a time over the low level bridge! Probably the Mukwadzi as that's the only river in the area marked as bridged. But it could be the Muneni or Ndondondo.

Fly Chamber near Makuti

The fly chamber near Makuti on the road between Karoi and Chirundu - a precaution against the tsetse fly which is still endemic in the Zambezi Valley.

Salisbury, capital city of Rhodesia, from The Kopje - a much photographed view down the years

Salisbury, capital city of Rhodesia, from The Kopje - a much photographed view down the years

View from G Car out of FAF8 over Umtasa Mission, north of Umtali, Oct 77

View from G Car out of FAF8

over Umtasa Mission, north of Umtali,

October 1977.

Summit of Mount Inyangani, 8504 ft (2592m)

On top of the world

- well, Rhodesia anyway!

Mount Inyangani, 8504 ft (2592m)

Zimbabwe Ruins, Rhodesia 1976

Zimbabwe Ruins, Rhodesia 1976

Strip road South of Fort Victoria, near Zimbabwe Ruins, Rhodesia

The old strip road South of Fort Victoria, near the Zimbabwe Ruins; all weather roads at an economic price. This Rhodesian innovation, from the 1930s, led to the best road network in Africa at a time when even South Africa had only dirt and gravel roads.

Jack Quinton Bridge over the Sabi River

The Jack Quinton Bridge,

due East of Chiredzi, which spans the lower Sabi River; seen here during the dry season.

Rhodesian troopies relaxing between contacts

Rhodesian troopies in the operational area

relaxing between contacts in 1977.

Unprompted, and unwatched by the world's media, this was but one example of many which I could have photographed whilst on call ups, showing ordinary Rhodesians playing sport together for fun.

Mount Inyangani, the highest point in Rhodesia

Mount Inyangani, the highest point in Rhodesia, looking East towards the Moçambique border.

Kariba Dam, Zambezi River, April 1975

Kariba Dam, Zambezi River

April 1975

Fishing at Mazoe Dam, 1975

Fishing at Mazoe Dam.

The road to Bindura can be seen to the left.

Raffingora - Mtoroshanga road , 1975

Heading N.E. from Banket towards Mtoroshanga

showing typical Mashonaland scenery.

Makuti Motel

Threatening rain: Makuti Motel at the top of the Zambezi Escarpment.

 

First Street, Salisbury, Christmas 1974

First Street, Salisbury, looking South.

Christmas 1974

African housing in Bulawayo, 1976

First World living becoming a reality for Rhodesia's Third World population: typical African housing in Bulawayo.

Fruit Kiosk at Mazoe Dam

A favourite stop:

the fruit kiosk at the Mazoe Dam

Flagstaff in Cecil Square, Salisbury

Where it all started in 1890.

The Flagstaff, Cecil Square, Salisbury;

looking West along Gordon Ave.

Centenary Park, Bulawayo

Centenary Park, Bulawayo

Rhodes Statue, Main Street, Bulawayo

Rhodes statue on Main Street, Bulawayo

Maleme Dam, Rhodes Matopos National Park

Maleme Dam, Rhodes Matopos National Park. 

The dams built all over Rhodesia have invariably improved on the beauty of nature.

Distant view of Cross Kopje, Umtali

A distant view of Cross Kopje, Umtali.

Cross Kopje, Umtali

The author at Cross Kopje, Umtali.

The cross was erected in 1924 in memory of the Africans of the Rhodesia Native Regiment who lost their lives in East Africa during the Great War.

Remembrance Island, Lake McIlwaine near Salisbury

Canoeing to Remembrance Island

on the West side of Lake McIlwaine.

Crossing the Lundi River heading North

Crossing the Lundi River

heading North to Fort Victoria.

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Upper Inyangombe Falls, Inyanga

First Street Christmas decorations, Salisbury 1978

A view of the 1978 Christmas decorations looking North along First Street, recently converted to a pedestrian mall, taken from the junction with Gordon Ave.

Melsetter Village Greenwith the Pioneer Memorial in the centre

Melsetter Village Green

with the Pioneer Memorial in the centre.

Pioneer Day ceremony Salisbury 1976

Pioneer Day ceremony Cecil Square, Salisbury 1976

The Inyangombe Falls showing the upper falls (above) which run directly into the lower falls (right) as is almost perfectly demonstrated in these thumbnails. They are seldom, if ever, seen photographed together!
Lower Inyangombe Falls, Inyanga

Flame Lily, Rhodesia's national flower

A Flame Lily, Rhodesia's national flower,

photographed at Inyangombe Falls earlier the same year.

First Street, Salisbury looking North to Jameson Ave.

First Street, Salisbury looking North to Jameson Ave. Southampton House, on the corner of Union Ave, in the foreground followed by the Beverley Building Society and the Reserve Bank beyond.

Saint Mary & All Saints Cathedral, Salisbury, Rhodesia

Saint Mary & All Saints Cathedral, Salisbury.

Teviotdale Road looking North to Vainona

Teviotdale Road looking North to Vainona in Salisbury.

Inyanga National Park junction

Inyanga National Park junction.

Heading East accross Birchenough Bridge

Heading East across Birchenough Bridge

Rhodesia v Natal, Gillete Cup, semi-final, Police Ground, Salisbury

Rhodesia v Natal, Gillette Cup semi-final, Police Ground, Salisbury, Jan 1977. Natal won and went on to win the final. But Rhodesia won the competition next year!

Rhinos grazing in the Matopos

Rhinos grazing in the Matopos.

View from Rhodes Hotel, Inyanga

View from Rhodes Hotel, Inyanga

Greenside, Umtali from Cross Kopje

Looking North over Greenside, Umtali

from Cross Kopje

Chimanimani Mountains from the old Cashel - Melsetter road

Chimanimani Mountains

from the old Cashel - Melsetter road.

Aerial view of Salisbury, Rhodesia's capital city

Aerial view of Salisbury,

Rhodesia's capital city.

Mazoe Oranges ready for harvest

Mazoe Oranges almost ready for harvest

Inyanga Village at the foot of the Inyanga Mountains

The little village of Inyanga nestling peacefully at the foot of the Inyanga Mountains.

Sabi River from Birchenough Bridge

Sabi River from Birchenough Bridge looking South at the end of the rainy season.  Imagine trying to cross this river before it was bridged!

View into Mocambique from Leopard Rock

View into Moçambique from the top of Leopard Rock;

Chicamba Real Dam below the clouds.

Umtali from above Christmas Pass

Umtali from above Christmas Pass

Leopard Rock Hotel 1975

Swimming pool at Leopard Rock Hotel,

Vumba Mountains, Rhodesia.

On the Victoria Falls - Bulawayo road, heading North

On the Victoria Falls - Bulawayo road,

heading North.

Spray from the Victoria Falls rising above the bush

Spray from the Victoria Falls

rising above the bush.

Statue of David Livingstone at Victoria Falls

David Livingstone's statue, which was erected in 1934, looks out along the Victoria Falls as shown in the next photo.

View of Victoria Falls from Livingstone's statue

The Victoria Falls are a mile wide and at this point the river is flowing almost due South. So this is the view from the western end which is on the southern bank of the Zambezi.

The Devils Cataract at the Southern end of the Victoria Falls

The Devils Cataract

at the western, or Rhodesian, end of the Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Rhodesia

Victoria Falls, Rhodesia. 

The falls are over a mile wide

(5,604ft or 1 708m) and

the average height is 360ft or 108m,

so this photo shows but a small section!

 

A section of the main falls at Victoria Falls, Rhodesia

A part of the main falls at Victoria Falls.

The cliff face on the right is dripping wet with spray.  It is almost impossible to avoid getting soaked yet the experience is always pleasant in Rhodesia's warm sun!

The Boiling Pot, Victoria Falls

The Boiling Pot where the mile wide Zambezi River enters the narrow gorge immediately below the Victoria Falls.

In the rain forest opposite the Victoria Falls

In the rain forest opposite the Victoria Falls which is subject to an almost perpetual drenching from the spray.

Oil tankers on the Victoria Falls border crossing

Oil tankers from Zaire (now the Congo again) crossing the Victoria Falls bridge which Zambia had supposedly "closed".  Many African countries continued to trade with Rhodesia despite UN sanctions.

The Victoria Falls bridge accross the Zambezi River.

The Victoria Falls bridge across the Zambezi River which Cecil Rhodes had instructed should be built within sight of the Falls so that the trains would be bathed in the spray.

The Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls

The Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. Imperial Airways flying boats on their way to Durban, in the days when it was necessary to stop over on the Nile and Lake Victoria, used to land here before the final leg of their journey.

Sunrise over a C47 Dakota at FAF8, Grand Reef, Umtali, 1977

Ready for a dawn take off.

Sunrise over a C47 Dakota

at FAF8, Grand Reef, Umtali, 1977

Pioneer House from the City Hall gardens, Bulawayo

Pioneer House, Bulawayo

as viewed from  the shade

of the City Hall gardens.

Offices of the Industrial Development Corporation of Rhodesia (IDC)

The Industrial Development Corporation of Rhodesia (IDC) on Park Lane, Salisbury, from whose offices its shrewd Chairman, Nick Cambitzis, played a key role in sanctions evasion.

Borrowdale Road, Salisbury, Rhodesia 1976

Borrowdale Road, Salisbury,

on a lazy Sunday afternoon looking

North near the National Archives.

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Melsetter Church Window, Rhodesia

Melsetter Church Window.

Chimanimani Mountains in the dry season

Chimanimani Mountains

The road to the Outward Bound Camp

in the dry season.

Salisbury Airport

Salisbury Airport

Lizards at Rhodes Grave, Matopos Hills

Lizards basking in the sun at

Rhodes Grave,  Matopos Hills.

Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, taken in 1975

Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, taken in 1975

 

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Lundi River High Level Bridge 1974

Lundi River High Level Bridge 1974

 

View over Mazoe Dam from the main Salisbury - Bindura road 1975

View over Mazoe Dam from the main Salisbury - Bindura road 1975

 

The Salisbury - Bindura raod through the Mazoe Valley 1975

The Salisbury - Bindura raod through

the Mazoe Valley 1975

 

Mazoe Orange Trees 1976

Mazoe Orange Trees 1976

     
       
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