Jan 22. Drew twenty pounds on credit letter and left Bulwayo at 2:00 P.M. for Beira. Grand simple-featured landscape. Wide valleys with sparse forests, picturesquely interrupted by small prairies. The trees not large. Mostly kept down by grass fired. Glorious cloud range of peaks and battlemented mountains over the Shangane Hills, crisp and pure in white domes and pale blue. The most beautiful ever beheld, like vast glaciers. Rain and lightning at night. Many hills or kopjes. They look glacial in trend and form in general. Most of them granite. Weathered on summits into bowlders which disintegrate, forming ruinous piles, but with many over-flowed pavements. Distance not great from Bulwayo to the Rhodes 10,000 acre National park, where these granite hills and domes assume their wildest form. The whole country hereabouts has evidently been glaciated. At one of the stations passed
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