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    Rhodesia is celebrating the 12th anniversary of her illegal declaration of independence from Britain. But?

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    GV TILT UP: Statue of David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, Rhodesia.
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    GV PAN DOWN: Victoria Falls.
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    LV ZOOM BACK TO MV: African woman fishing in rapids.
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    GV PAN: Rapids showing rainbow.
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    CU & SV: Tourists taking photographs.
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    LV: Tourist women ZOOM BACK TO GV Victoria Falls.
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    SV: Rhodesian army soldiers patrolling Zambian border.
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    GV: Border ZOOM BACK TO show swimming pool of A 'Zambezi Lodge Hotel
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    GV PAN: People relaxing by pool. (FOUR SHOTS)
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    CU: Wake of pleasure launch PAN TO game reserve on river bank.
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    SV & CU: Tourists on board launch. (TWO SHOTS)
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    LV: Elephants on river bank.
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    CU: Tourist taking photographers. (TWO SHOTS)
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    GROUND TO AIR SHOT PAN: Tourist aircraft flies above tourist ship.
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    SV: Tourist looking at wild life. (TWO SHOTS)
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    CU: Crocodile in crocodile farm.
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    SV: Owner of farm holding baby crocodile and talking to tourists.
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    SV: Crocodile at water's edge ZOOM BACK TO SHOW tourists.
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    CU: Farm owner talking to tourists. (TWO SHOTS)
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    SV: Crocodile sliding into water.
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    CU PAN: Armed volunteers escorting Rhodesian airlines bus. (TWO SHOTS)
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    LV PAN: Bus along road with escort. (TWO SHOTS)
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    GV: Plane taxiing for take-off at airport.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Rhodesia is celebrating the 12th anniversary of her illegal declaration of independence from Britain. But the four-year old guerrilla war being waged by the African nationalists is biting into the tourist trade at the world famous Victoria Falls.

    SYNOPSIS: One hundred and twenty years ago the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone discovered the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.

    It is one of the world's largest falls with up to 600 million litres a minute pouring down from a height of 100 metres.

    Just above the falls Africans fish in the shallows as they have done for years.

    And the rainbows produced by the perpetual spray have given it the name of the Rainbow Falls.

    Not surprisingly the Victoria Falls is one of Africa's foremost tourist attractions, and for visitors to Rhodesia it used to be the one 'must' on an itinerary.

    'Used to be' because now the guerrilla was has made the falls a place of danger; standing, as it does, on the guerrilla frontline between Rhodesia and Zambia.

    But in the face of the danger tourist continue the old routines. Drinks by the swimming pool served by African staff reassure many white Rhodesians that the old ways are not yet gone forever. But the number now coming to these hotels has dropped severely.

    Even the famous "booze cruise" as the trip down the Zambezi past the National Game Park is called has taken on a somewhat forlorn look. By day the trips are safe enough but at night an armed escort is required. The game park itself has had to be closed because of the treat of guerrilla attacks.

    The Zambezi river trip only takes tourists past the edges of the national park but it is enough for them to get an idea of the great wealth of big game which Rhodesia, or an independent Zimbabwe, could offer the tourist.

    One of the country's most chilling tourist attractions is the crocodile, a reptile which abounds in the waters of the Zambezi.

    This crocodile farm is run by a New Zealander, Rob Gee, as both a commercial and conservation enterprise. But whether Bob Gee would be able to stay on in an independent Zimbabwe remains to be seen.

    Meanwhile the guerrilla war goes on and tourists to Rhodesia have to accept the risks that even a trip to the airport can bring. Armed guards escort every but as guerrillas are known to operate along this road.

    The Rhodesian Government, using both the police and army, are making every effort to keep the country's tourist trade alive. Whether or not it will all have been worthwhile will only be known if and when the guerrilla war reaches a conclusion.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPAEXZPVJ8YNQ7PFCB5CRBRO0
    Media URN:
    VLVAPAEXZPVJ8YNQ7PFCB5CRBRO0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
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    N/A

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