Blogs from Livingstone, Zambia, Africa - page 3


Africa » Zambia » Livingstone November 13th 2014

Zimbabwe/Zambia here we come! This is the section of travel that has promised fun and excitement. The flight takes us from Lilongwe to Johanesberg South Africa, then onwards to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe. The flight is uneventful for Angie, but Francine is a little nervous about the smaller and much older plane with Zimbabwe Air. She practices deep breathing and clenched fists with every little sway of the plane. When we land the race is on, having to collect luggage stand in line for our double entry visa. We then have to find a cabby to take us to the Exit border of Zimbabwe to get our visa stamped, then a short distance later have to enter the border crossing to Zambia and wait in line there. All done in the hothot weather🌞. We also ... read more
Maramba lodg

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone November 8th 2014

Geo: -17.8573, 25.8429Maun to Livingston 27 October - 8th NovemberOn the Namibia/Botswana border we stayed at Ghanzi camp in San country. The San people (bushmen) of the desert are fascinating. Their life, like that of most aboriginal people, is changing quickly. It is more difficult if not impossible to remain nomadic as their children have to attend school. However, they want their children to retain the Bushman skills so they go off into the bush whenever they can. They move around the Ghanzi camp area and our guide arranged for a group to take us for a walk and show us some of their skills. Robert from the camp came to interpret as these San do not speak any English. What I really liked was the San spoke to us directly, and we to them asking ... read more
Inside our big red bus, cool boxes for beer!
The San people
Plant to protect against mosquitoes

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone October 8th 2014

Geo: -17.8573, 25.8429Our objective in Zambia was to visit the world famous Victoria Falls- while it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls. English explorer Dr. Livingston (he of the "Dr Livingston I Presume" fame), was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") waterfall (which he renamed Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria) so it was appropriate that we use Livingston, Zambia as our base. The Zambezi River, upstream from the falls, experiences a rainy season from late November to early April, and a dry season the rest of the ... read more
Victoria Falls
Waiting For The Boat To Zambia
The Zambian Border

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 22nd 2014

We have now seen the big three - waterfalls that is. Iguazzu, Victoria and Niagara. Victoria seems to create its own climate. From the hotel we could see the mist rising in the air. We walked down to the falls in brilliant warm sunshine, taking photos as we went particularly of th,many rainbows that seemed to appear and disappear frequently. Suddenly we had to don our ponchos as the water felt like rain falling. It was hard to keep the cameras dry but somehow we managed to take some very unattractive photos of several of us disguised as "drowned rats". Two days later we got some different views of the falls from a helicopter. What an experience. It was a 12 seater. I was strapped in a,,t the side with fellow traveller, Julie and we thought ... read more
Rainbow at the falls
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 15th 2014

Geo: -17.8573, 25.8429Tirsdag 15. juliSto opp kl 0400 og var på flyplass 0500 for å ta fly klokka 0610 til Zambia. Var fremme i Livingstone ca kl 1330. Merker her at vi er i det virkelige Afrika. De hvite mennene du ser her er kun turister. På flyplassen ble vi «adoptert» av en hyggelig drosjesjåfør som vi «kjøpte» - Vi ble kjørt til hotellet og han hentet oss på ettermiddagen og kjørte oss til Victoria-fossen, Zambia-siden. Vi brukte ca 1,5 time rundt i parken her. Victoria-fossen er en kjempediger, bred og lang foss. Fossebulderet er en konsert for øret. Vi hadde ikke regnfrakk på oss når vi gikk rundt og det ble vi straffet for - Victoria dusjet oss og vi ble søkk våte. Men – en deilig følelse – det var heller ikke kaldt så ... read more
Utenfor hotellet vi bor på i Livingstone
Der fossene starter
Helge oppi stort tre

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone June 12th 2014

06 juin 2014 : Nous sommes réveillés par le vent à 03h45. Nous nous levons à 06h00. Nous démontons les tentes et partons pour Kasané et la Zambie à 07h35. Nous nous arrêtons à 08h30 pour regonfler les pneus qui avaient été dégonflés pour rouler dans le sable des pistes. Nous reprenons la route (goudronnée) et au bout de quelques kilomètres nous trouvons un buffle vraisemblablement tué par des lions. Nous nous arrêtons à 09h15 à Kasané pour faire le plein d'essence. Nous achetons quelques souvenirs. Nous arrivons à la frontière à Kazungula à 10h30. Çà nous prend près de deux heures et 50 $ par personne pour avoir le visa d'entrée en Zambie, sauf pour Socorro (gratuit parce qu'elle a la nationalité irlandaise). Nous sommes effectivement en Zambie à un peu plus de midi. Nous ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone June 12th 2014

07 juin 2014 : Nous nous levons à 08h00. Il fait froid aujourd'hui. Nous demandons à changer de tente car nous n'avons toujours pas d'eau chaude. Nous passons de "tent 2" à "chalet 2". A 09h45, Socorro peut enfin se laver les cheveux et prendre une bonne douche. Sur l'autre rive de la rivière Maremba il y a un beau crocodile allongé que l'on peut voir depuis la terrasse du restaurant. Nous avons rendez-vous à 10h30 pour survoler les chutes en hélicoptère. Le chauffeur arrive à l'heure et nous emmène directement à l’héliport. Nous montons dans l'hélicoptère avec le pilote et un couple de Belges. Nous survolons les chutes pendant 15 minutes, C'est un spectacle magnifique, elles sont vraiment grandioses. Le chauffeur nous dépose ensuite au centre de Livingstone. Nous en profitons pour visiter la ville ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone June 1st 2014

THE LONG & WINDING ROAD...100 Blogs...100,000 memories. I'm inspired...inspired by Andy & Debbie and Home & Away 100th blog...stories told and not told...traveling down my long and winding road...serendipity at every corner. ***** Greeting the Day Breakfast around our small campfire...not raining now. 5 days at Coolamon Caves in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales showing Denise my fiance the joys of spelunking...lucky we got out of that cave where I got my feet stuck. Time to go...into the Datsun 180B...turn around that puddle...back left wheel grabs the edge...front wheel follows...we are sliding sideways down the slope. Yeeka...we are turning over. Bang. Windows shattered. Smashed and wedged between two rocks...suspended upside down above Cave Creek. How are we going to get out of this one? *****... read more
How will we get out of this one?

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone » Songwe Village April 15th 2014

So I travelled with John, a friend from Ireland who I met in Lilongwe from Lusaka to Livingstone, which took approximately 8 hours on a comfortable "luxury" bus. Now I've been on a number of buses which class their service as luxurious and of a high quality, but it more often than not, is anything but. However, the Mazhandu bus we caught was just like a Western bus and made for an enjoyable journey, especially as John and I booked the front two seats meaning we had more leg room and a decent view. Vic Falls - Wow!! Victoria Falls is an unbelievable sight, the power and size of the river is extremely impressive. With the rainy season having just ended, the river is at it's highest which meant that the view of the falls was ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone April 1st 2014

Southern Sun Garden Court Tambo Hotel, Zambia to Johannesburg, South Africa--Tuesday, April 1st For a last attempt at a better view of Victoria Falls, we hired a taxi to take us at 8:00 am over the vehicle/railroad bridge into Zimbabwe (allowed just because it is a no-man’s land and there is no way to fit an immigration check point in the middle of the bridge) and then we walked back across the bridge into Zambia. Lots of pedestrians out this morning. I guess people cross the border to shop and work in Zambia. Wet, wet, wet---camera and us, from the mist and not much, sadly to say, of the Falls could be made out through the mist. Oh well, we tried, at least everything short of getting up in the air. (For a video of looking ... read more
2104-02 People getting ready to cross the bridge to Zimbabwe-B
2104-03 One of several baboons that hang out near bridge
2104-04 People crossing the bridge to Zimbabwe through windshield of our taxi

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