National Geographic : 1944 Sep
Railroads - Highways ===/ff the principal center of commerce for the colony and headquarters for the Rhodesia Railways, under whose control are 2,700 miles of line, connecting with the Union of South Africa, the Belgian Congo, and with the Mozambique port of Beira. Buildings of two to four stories flank the uniformly plotted broad streets. Originally the avenues were designed wide enough to allow the turning of the long spans of oxen hauling huge wagons. Over rooftops many windmills whir in the breezes. What with electric refrigerators, radios, movies, fine shops, several clubs and golf courses, and homes surrounded by bright gar dens, Bulawayo has gone far since its first precarious days. Jonathan Swift once gibed map makers with the verse: So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns. You think of those lines when you travel northwestward across the veld toward Victoria Falls. The elephants are here, roaming the bush! So, too, are lions, herds of wild buf faloes, big eland, wildebeests, giraffes, and many other animals. Towns are few (p. 287). For fifty miles before reaching Dett, and much of the rest of the way to the coal-min ing town of Wankie, the railway skirts the northern boundary of a huge wild game re serve, untamed save for a few paths. Thread these trails and from the protec tion of your car watch a pride of lions at a kill, see herds of antelopes grazing, and come upon a herd of elephants or black buffaloes. You glimpse primitive Africa in the raw. Within the hour after leaving this spectac ular experience behind, you can drive your car right down into a coal mine at Wankie, the biggest coal seam in Rhodesia.* * See "Coal: Prodigious Worker for Man," by Albert W. Atwood, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, May, 1944.