Blogs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa

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Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls August 16th 2019

Today we woke up at 6am to get ready for a white water rafting trip down the rapids in the Zambezi River, but we didn’t know if it would actually happen. We were told that Yehoshua was too young. We had breakfast and at 7 the guide came to “assess” Yehoshua. He wasn’t sure so he took us all to the rafting place to ask his boss. The answer was no. And none of us wanted to go without him. So, they drove us back (my mom did not go with us, she wanted to enjoy a quiet time alone). As we descended from the Jeep (open and freezing in the morning weather) a man came up to us and told us he’s from a different rafting company and they take kids. It’s a matter of ... read more
Before
Us with the wonderful men who guided us, MD in the blue, Morton, in the hat, and Spasho, my guardian angel next to me.
MD, our amazing river guide, pointing to Oblivion. 🤣

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls July 23rd 2019

Hello readers. We are happy to report that today was our last early wake up. We're glad we did it, though, as departing from our lodge at 6:00 meant we had the opportunity to spend some time with orphan elephants. The reserve we visited was home to ten elephants who had been orphaned. Most of their mothers died during Zimbabwe's most recent droughts. We were given information about their care and how they had been saved from certain death, but also that they had lost their fear of people, which meant they could never really succeed in the wild. Trained only with positive reinforcement, they knew their names and each other well. Our ground leader led us on a trail around the reserve and each elephant had a handler/driver who filled us in on the individual ... read more

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls July 22nd 2019

Today we were able to sleep in enough to enjoy a buffet breakfast in Johannesburg before catching a flight on South African Air to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls was "discovered" by Dr. Livingstone in 1855 (we presume) after he was taken to the site by two local guides. Our driver, Fanuel (like F instead of M in Manuel), met us at the airport and we were relieved to learn he would be with us for the next three days. After checking in to our hotel, the Victoria Falls Lodge, he would take us on a personal tour of the magnificent falls. Our rooms are very nice... Two stories with a living area below and bedroom suite upstairs, along with a balcony overlooking a watering hole. On our arrival, it was mostly birds gathered. Later that ... read more
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Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 15th 2019

Well, what a contrast of two successive mornings. After an overnighter in Joburg, we were due to take the short flight to Livingstone, Zambia (gateway to the Victoria Falls) leaving around 10.30 am. We duly arrived at the airport around 7.30am to be greeted by a mammoth ‘peasouper’ fog and a flight schedule board full of ‘delayed’ status on almost every flight, including ours. After an hour or so, the fog lifted and planes got away, but not ours. We were then designated ‘delayed indefinitely’ with no indication of when a plane and crew would become available. Eventually, the former landed but apparently the crew had worked their designated hours and they had to track down a new crew. To cut a long story short, they suddenly listed our gate number and time and scrambled us ... read more
'The Main Falls' - just a fraction of the total width
No flights getting away through this!
This had me feeling my age!

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 13th 2019

Today was our only full day in Victoria Falls so we started off with an adrenaline rush. We did a 25 minute helicopter ride over the falls and the national park. The views were spectacular of the falls and it was fascinating to see the herds of elephants, giraffes, buffalo and hippos from above. They really do move like on national geographic. After that we went to the historic Victoria Falls hotel and wandered the grounds. It had a bunch of old posters about the British empire and trade that were fascinating. After that, we walked over to the market and did the little bit of shopping we’re doing on the trip. We have to keep outlet bags light do we’re not doing much shopping but we saw some beautiful works from local artisans. We had ... read more
Victoria Falls .
Victoria falls hotel
Vulture feeding

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 12th 2019

What a day! We started off from our (very chilly) camp on the Zambezi river early this morning through Zambia’s smallest national park. We were treated to a great show from giraffes, elephants, some wart hogs, s wildebeest, water buffalo and, of course, impala. There are no big cats in this park so the animals were quite relaxed. At the end of this drive, which was basically in a mini van taxi, we got out and got to walk up to Zambia’s only white rhino population. We got about 20 meters away and were able to take pictures of the group which included a 2 week old calf. From there, we went to the Elephant Cafe, an elephant sanctuary, for lunch. We saw hippos sunning themselves on the far bank. We got to feed peanuts to ... read more
Eleywith baboon
Makuni  village
Falls from Zambia side

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 12th 2019

We had deliberately not taken in the falls yesterday afternoon when we arrived. For one thing there is a USD30 each entry fee and it is for one admission only. So we decided to hold off until this morning our visit to tick off another of the Seven Wonders of the World. Flying in to Living stone yesterday the pilot had announced as we were in our descent that the falls would be visible from the right side of the aircraft. Where were we on the aircraft you may ask? The left side !and belted in for landing ! So today will be our first sighting of one of the greatest sights one can imagine when it comes to looking at geographical views. We had established from a map that there is a rain forest to ... read more
Devils Cataract,Victoria Falls
Mist rising in a bright blue sky
Plunging water Devils Cataract

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 11th 2019

Again we didn’t a wakeup call for breakfast and then a ride to the airport for our flight to Livingstone, Zambia as we are now well in the mode of waking well before dawn. In saying that the sleep we do have is solid and we generally seem to last the day without a ‘nana’ nap in the afternoon. O R Tambo airport is spacious and modern and we got some help from a woman at the automatic check in machine to get our boarding passes. We had done everything else ignoring the chance for an upgrade on the flight to business class where the lowest bid was USD85 that you could make for the upgrade. What do you think they take us for? There was heaps of leg room and the economy seats were generously ... read more
Nobody took any notice a steam train was just metres away from the uncontrolled crossing
The luxury excursion steam train runs Tuesday(lucky us) and Fridays
Great name for a restaurant

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 8th 2019

Our last morning in Africa, we packed up our stuff, had breakfast, put together a tip for our guides and I went in search of souvenirs, but I really could not find any. Partly because it was so early, so many of the shops were closed. We all boarded our van bus for the last spot of the day, which is the Big Tree, a baobab tree approximately up to 1,500 years old. It was pretty impressive and we stayed for a few. The best part was actually when we left seeing multiple elephants on the side of the road, our last goodbye. We made our way to the airport and said good bye to our fantastic guides at Wanderlust Travels who I thought were great the whole time- I think they put up with a ... read more
A great group to experience Africa with

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls June 5th 2019

Our 4th day of the trip was a morning of "optional activities", those we chose earlier that week. Then we would have a 5 hour drive to Bulawayo for our Rhino trek the following day, something none of us were looking forward to. Optional Activities As mentioned, another girl and I had planned to go skydiving, having pumped ourselves up for it the first dinner and following through with the sign up and then scheduling it, only to be told the second evening that it was no longer an option. Bummer. We were only allowed to choose 2 activities, though if you were smart, you could probably have fit in more. However, they were not cheap and I was glad for the limitations. Instead, I signed up for the helicopter ride over the falls and the ... read more
Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls
Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls
Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls




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