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    Zambians of all races take pleasure in visiting 'MUNDA WANGA' Lusaka's Botanical Gardens, and at week-ends and on holidays many families go there to picnic and relax in Zambia's Kew Gardens.

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    ROLL ONE - 200 ft. PLUS X.

    MCS Children of all races playing with toroises.

    CS Child feeding tortoise.

    MS Tilt down from cactus to piece of fossilised wood which is 90,000,000 years old.

    MS Mr,. Sander, owner of the Munda Wanga Botanical Gardens, and an assistant potting the plants.

    CU Mr. Sander. Tilt down to potting operations.

    MS Turkey gobbling.

    MCS Children feeding buck (duiker).

    FS to MLS Entrance to the gardens - vehicle drives into the gateway and stops.

    INSERT Board showing admission fees etc.

    MS Attendant gives tickets to visitors, opens gates, car drives in followed by another car.

    ROLL TWO - 40 ft. PLUS X.

    MLS Visitors entering fountain and pool area. Same family then

    FS Traverse stepping stones across a fish pond - ornamental.

    3 SHOTS They admire fish -till down to fish swimming.

    CU Fish swimming.

    ROLL THREE - 200 ft. PLUS X.

    ES Swimming pool.

    CS Visitors swimming.

    FS Peacocks with spectators watching while fed by young boy.

    CS Same boy feeding peacocks.

    CS Fish feeding - pan right to lilies in pond (Repeat shot for close up of fish feeding -see Roll Two).

    DS The river Musambangombe which runs through the middle of the gardens - showing chines style bridge in the distance with people crossing. MLS Paddleboat on River. Parents wave. MCS Children on boat.

    MLS Repeat of above.

    FS to MS VISITORS take photograph from chinese bridge, and descend from bridge R. to L.

    MLS. Botanical interest - visitors examining botanical specimens as they stroll through gardens.

    MS Peacocks and Peahens on the loose.

    MLS Visitors seated, relaxing under 100 year old fig tree.

    MLS Repeat as above - more action.

    FS People strolling away from camera.



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    Background: Zambians of all races take pleasure in visiting 'MUNDA WANGA' Lusaka's Botanical Gardens, and at week-ends and on holidays many families go there to picnic and relax in Zambia's Kew Gardens.

    Started as a hobby fourteen years ago by Mr. Sander, then a Forestry Officer with the Forestry Department the gardens have grown over the years from a few acres to their present forty acres. Stretching away on both sides of the MUSAMBANGOMBE stream the gardens are at an altitude of 4,250 feet with an average rainfall of 35 in. no frost and temperatures from min. 13øF to 95øF. In these ideal climatic conditions, many tropical and sub-tropical plants thrive. Attractions at the gardens include seventeen terraces of varying shapes sloping down to the river running through its centre, a Japanese water garden of one acre, wild-life 'orphanage' for the children, Chinese stone-walled bridge over the stream, rest house, tiled swimming pool, tree-summer houses, five-lily ponds, eight fountains and two water-falls. The pools are stocked with bream to keep them clear from weed. At Independence time (October 1964) a special bridge of stone called the 'Zambia' Bridge was built over the stream to commemorate Zambia's attainment of independence. A snake-pit has been established which it is hoped will grow into a snake park, and this year a ceramic artist is making pottery souvenirs for visitors, each article having a leaf from a plant grown in the gardens pressed on it. The botanical concentration at Munda Wanga includes fourteen years collection of 202 trees, 380 shrubs, 60 different bougainvillaeas, 47 hibiscus, 35 water-lilies, 210 pot plants, 80 cacti, 50 succulents, 25 aloes, 51 creepers and climbers, 30 orchids 27 ferns, 110 roses, 47 bromemiads and 460 herbaceous plants; 18 ornamental grasses reeds and bamboos and 22 aquatic plants. These are all different types and species and have been collected from Australia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Canary Is. Malaysia, Madagascar, U.S.A., China, Korea, Japan, Guatemala, Argentina, Siam, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica, Cuba, Russia, Israel, Mauritius and many countries in Europe and Africa. In return the seed bank at Munda Wanga has supplied seed to many countries throughout the world.

    The 'Desert Rose' (adenium multiflorum is a plant collected in 1958 from the Gwembe Valley in Zambia, now covered by the

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