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Africa » Zambia » Livingstone November 24th 2019

Today, we flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg and then on to Livingstone, Zambia, a new country. We were immediately driven to our lodge, Toka Leya, just outside of Livingstone. Livingstone and surrounding areas are very rural and impoverished with over 50% unemployment. But our lodge was lovely. Our guide, Godfrey, had us quickly unpack and then took us on a personal Zambezi River Cruise where we saw many, many hippos, water bucks, birds and a huge male Cape Buffalo. The other guests at our lodge consisted of 14 people on a tour with OATS, Overseas Adventure Travel Services, an educational tour. After a nice dinner, we went immediately to bed. Mornings on safari start early so early bedtime is a good thing.... read more
Our Suite
Our suite from our private deck.
Cape Buffalo

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone November 24th 2019

There are no phones or alarm clocks at Toka Leya. Instead, someone walks to your suite, which, by the way, are all connected to each other and the main lodge via elevated wooden walk ways. This protects you from the wildlife. When it gets dark, you must yell out for someone to come get you and then they escort you to where you need to go. We had a great breakfast and then were driven to the Zimbabwe border where we went through customs again so we could tour Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The United States has one, the Grand Canyon. The falls are massive and even though they were at low flow as this is only the start of the rainy season, we still got damp from the ... read more
A water buck
A wildebeest
A giraffe

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone November 24th 2019

We had to depart Zambia in the early afternoon so we started out at 6am for our final river cruise with Godfrey. We still hadn’t seen any elephants so Godfrey said we might see them crossing the river in the early morning hours. Boy was he right. We saw three different groups of elephants for a total of 16. They are great swimmers and cross the river by sticking their trunk out of the water where it is deep. They pretty much stay in single file and sometimes rest halfway through. Once upon the shore, two juvenile males played in the shallow water. On another bank, a large male tried to scare us by folding out his ears and trumpeting. We knew we were safe in the boat but I did gasp a little. We were ... read more
Arriving on shore
the male juveniles playing
The pilots greet us at the Cessna.

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone September 19th 2019

Livingstone ist ein ekelhafter Touristenort. Alles perfekt durchorganisiert um einem Maximim an Touristen maximale Geldmengen zu entlocken. Vormittags Spaziergang im Nationalpark an der Sambiaseite der Fälle. Nachmittags bei den Löwen. Paul nach wie vor todkrank. ... read more
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Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 20th 2019

20 July 19 - We arived in Livingstone after a short flight from Johannesburg, to stay two nights at the Avani Hotel located close to the Falls. We were able to quickly get our visa for both Zimbabwe and Zambia on arrival and were out of the airport and at our hotel by midday. We decided to take a tour on the river in the afternoon, another couple joined us in a small boat to explore the narrow channels and islands above the falls. We sped over the rapids before stopping at a small island on the zambezi to have a picnic. One of the crew checked there were no elephants, crocodiles or hippos on the island before we were able to go ashore. The two man crew set up a little table for drinks and ... read more
Drinks in the middle of the Zambezi .
Devils Pool
Avani hotel

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone June 11th 2019

We had a lovely final dinner with all of the guides last night. We have to say the the good at Senalala was great the whole time. After what was for me a restless sleep, we got up at 5:30 and our ride picked us up for the 3 hour drive to Nelspruit airport. On the way out of the reserve we were treated to more game sightings including a big bull elephant, and old Cape buffalo who couldn’t keep up with the herd anymore, and a giraffe in the distance. And more impala. We also were fortunate to see 3 female lions stalking a herd of zebras and a wildebeest. Fortunately we didn’t see an attack or kill - but it was fascinating to see the herd behave in a protective way. The drive through ... read more
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Africa » Zambia » Livingstone June 7th 2019

This turned out to be one of the busiest days of our trip, with so much to do from beginning to end. Zambia - Victoria Falls Today was the day to cross the border into Zambia and see Victoria Falls from the other side. We took our shuttle bus to Victoria Falls and then started our walk to Livingstone, Zambia via the Victoria Falls Bridge. We quickly got our exit stamp from the Zim side and walked along the bridge, each taking a photo at the border sign in the middle as well as some photos of the falls themselves, though the angle of the sun was not great. At the border office at the Zambia side was a huge line and we had to wait a good half hour to get our passports stamped. Unfortunately, ... read more
Entering Zambia
Victoria Falls - Knife Edge bridge
Sunset cruise

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone August 16th 2018

Slow morning before our helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Picked up by the standard 4wheel drive safari vehicle and driven about 3kms to the helipad. Signed up and then briefed on the safety, etc. We were on the second flight. Somehow I ended up in the middle back seat...... Never mind, could still see really well. Huge expanse of water and falls and we went round at least twice before exploring up the Zambezi for a while. Huge pod of Hippos, elephants and crocs. Was a really good flight, then back to the helipad before we were driven back to the hotel. We had until 1400 before our walking tour of the falls so had time for a bite to eat, shop and re-arrange the bags a bit. Onto the bus, given a bit of ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone August 15th 2018

There is a song somewhere in my head about 3 countries in one day, can’t get the tune though. Anyway, today we did 3 countries in one day...... Left the ship with heavy heart, what a great experience in such luxury. Then we had to do customs clearance from Namibia, enter into Botswana again. This is where things turned interesting. We had been warned that the immigration people in Botswana may want to do spot checks of some bags. Wrong, every bag had to be opened, do you have curios, how much did you spend, do you have receipts (bit hard when you buy from a village market). Took a while to clear this effort, especially as they only had a small table under a tree in the dust opening bags, asking what was in this ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone August 11th 2018

L’une des parties du voyage théoriquement les plus « challenging » au niveau de la logistique était de se rendre de Kasane au Botswana à Livingstone en Zambie, à proximité des chutes Victoria. L’option 1 était d’engager une compagnie qui nous mènerait du point A au point B. Option très simple, mais dispendieuse puisqu’on charge habituellement autour de 60 à 70$US par personne pour un trajet de moins de 100km et de moins de deux heures (aller simple). L’option deux était d’engager des taxis locaux et de traverser la frontière à pied. Cette option semble peu populaire puisqu’on retrouve peu d’informations sur Internet, à part que le poste frontière est assez chaotique. Nous avons opté pour l’option 2 et finalement il n’y avait pas grand défi. Expérience intéressante quand même : taxi vers le poste frontière ... read more
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