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On to Victoria Falls

February 5 - Day 19

semi-overcast

We had a later breakfast and packed up our tents for the last time. Nkosi showed me some “flying ants”, which had collected into big piles because of the rain. The birds had gathered and were enjoying the ants as well.
Pile of flying ants

Pile of flying ants


The tents were very wet and sandy, as it had rained again during the night. It is the rainy season here, although everyone says the rains have been late and more sparse than the norm.We crossed the border into Zimbabwe without any difficulty. As Canadians the cost of a visa is $75. US, but we could get a double entry visa to Zimbabwe and Zambia for $50 US. No one else’s visas were as expensive as ours. We got the double entry one and we’ll see if we make it to Zambia or not - it is just across the river...

Our first stop in Victoria Falls was the Shearwater Activity Centre, where we saw a slide show and talk about all the adventure activities available. Everyone of our group but us signed up for something, from white water rafting to bungee jumping to helicopter rides. Then we drove over to the Falls parking lot and we all went for a walk along the Falls trail. We were wearing our raincoats for most of the walk, there is so much mist and spray in the air from the falls it seemed like it was raining at times. We had some bunwitches we’d made in the morning for lunch as we sat on a sunny bench watching the falls. It is very difficult to take good photos of the falls. There is so much mist and fog and you have to protect your camera from the wet as well.
With Victoria Falls as a backdrop

With Victoria Falls as a backdrop

View of the bridge from the end of the trail

View of the bridge from the end of the trail


After walking the 1 1/2 kilometre trail to the bridge lookout spot, we returned to the truck in the parking lot. My pants were soaked so I changed into my last pair of clean, dry shorts. Then I went and enjoyed the music and dancing of a group of Ndebele (Zulu) performers while we waited for everyone else to return.
Dancing with the Zulu performers

Dancing with the Zulu performers

The falls from the bridge

The falls from the bridge


The whole group of us walked across the bridge and watched Kira and Linda do the bungee jumping from the bridge. Yikes! Scary stuff! As we walked back, most of the group stopped at the bungee canopy. We were walking on the other side of the bridge as you see the falls better from there. It started to rain a little - I thought maybe it was just falls mist and kept going. Don had stopped and taken some pictures so he was quite a ways behind me. He went over to the canopy when it started to rain. I got completely soaked - it poured all the way back. I looked like a drowned rat when I passed the border checkpoint and a security guard gave me a plastic bag for my passport (which was already pretty wet). A woman who was going the same direction as me with an umbrella walked along from the border post to the parking lot. By then I was so wet it was like taking a shower with my clothes on. I had to wait at the parking lot until Gareth braved the rain cuz the truck was locked. Three of the other young people had also come across, there was a little break in the rain that we thought meant it was over, but it was just to fool us into getting to the point of no return!
So when everyone returned to the truck we went to the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, our accommodation for the night. We got checked in and managed to move all our stuff out of the truck into our room while soaking wet. Then it was time for a shower without clothes and some dry clothes. We finally had some WIFI so I could get some blogging done.
A view of the hotel grounds from the roof

A view of the hotel grounds from the roof

Nkosi, our happy, knowledgeable driver

Nkosi, our happy, knowledgeable driver

The decorated cups for Gareth and Nkosi

The decorated cups for Gareth and Nkosi


We had our last group meal at the restaurant and said farewell to everyone as the evening progressed. Of course, the young people were all going out to the bar after supper but we said goodbye before they left. We signed our names on some metal cups that held the tips we gave Gareth and Nkosi.

Posted by katdill 22:53 Archived in Zimbabwe

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