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Devil's Cataract

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  • Day6

    Letzter Tag in Simbabwe

    December 18, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Letzter Tag in Simbabwe bevor es nun morgen weiter geht nach Zambia und dann weiter mit dem Kanu für die nächsten drei Tage auf dem sehr beeindruckendem Sambesi. 🚣‍♂️So nutzen wir heute nochmal die Annehmlichkeiten unserer Logde.
    Ausschlafen bis 7.00 Uhr, herrliches Frühstück und dann hatten Romee und ich das Spa 💆‍♀️gebucht. Man muss schon sagen, die Afrikaner sind pünktlich wie das schweizer Uhrwerk. Frisch gestärkt mit entspannten Muskeln machten wir uns dann im Anschluss auf das erste Hotel am Platze zu besuchen( Hotel Victoria Falls) Die Engländer hatten in der Kolonialzeit schon immer ein sehr glückliches Händchen für gute Lage und imposante Bauten. Mit Blick auf die Sambesibrigde sitzt man äußerst vornehm auf der Terrasse und genießt einfach nur die phantastische Aussicht. Ich kann mich gut hineinversetzen wie mondän es hier wohl zugegangen ist zu dieser Zeit und auch heute kann man das sehr deutlich spüren.

    Ja - es gibt deutlich schlimmeres als an diesem wunderbarem Ort zum Lunch bei einem exzellenten Gintonic 🥂und einem winzigen Salat zu sitzen. Die Warzenschweine rannten kreuz und quer über den sehr gepflegten englischen Rasen und hinterließen dabei ihre Hinterlassenschaften😂😂😌kein Wunder, dass hier alles so wunderbar wächst. Heute Abend wird gegrillt und dann früh zu Bett gegangen. Der Tag war heute einfach mal zum ausruhen. Ich bin so erstaunt, wieviele tolle Sachen hier ich schon erlebt habe in dieser kurzen Zeit.
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    Birgit Guni

    Das ist mal wirklich ne schicke Hütte 😂

    12/18/19Reply
    Umtakati

    Ich habe nichts verstanden, aber ich stimme mit allem überein

    12/18/19Reply
    Claudia Geisler

    Du weißt auch ohne Bericht wie schön es hier ist

    12/18/19Reply
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  • Day51

    Day 50-52: I believe I can fly

    March 24, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Today I have made one of my dreams come true: I jumped out of an airplane ... skydiving 🌈✨🧚🏼‍♀️

    And it was AMAZING! I actually want to do it again right away ... I guess this is what being on drugs must feel like because afterwards I was the happiest and most excited person on earth for the whole rest of the day ... I wasn’t even able to sleep 🧚🏼‍♀️💛🥰

    So I guess this is the first of many more to come ... 🙏🌈

    If you want to see the whole thing, check out this video:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KpZkFp07P-n5WojFHJWPvhtttgR4twcK/view?usp=drivesdk
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    Anke Nitz

    Top Girl! Wonderwoman🧚‍♀️😘

    3/26/19Reply
    Marleen Relling

    Just like you ... runs in the family I guess 🥰

    3/26/19Reply
    Peter Dilg

    You are bloody mad! Well, it’s worth it, aye?

    3/27/19Reply
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  • Day3

    Livingstone

    September 23, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Ankunft in Livingstone, Zimbabwe in der Lilala Lodge in der Nähe der Victoriafalls. Nette Begrüssung durch Bushböcke und Warzenschweine. Bald geht es los auf eine Bootsfahrt auf dem Zambesi.
    Die Zambesi Fahrt war super.Read more

  • Day4

    Victoria Falls

    September 24, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Sehr eindrücklich auch bei wenig Wasser.

    Astrid Keller

    Einfach nur schön

    9/25/19Reply

    Herzlichen Dank dass ihr mich auch noch als pensionierten Swisscömler an euren tollen Ferienabenteuern teilhaben lässt. Auch nach vier Tagen sehe ich, dass Zimbabwe ein wunderschönes Land ist und viel Afrika-Feeling bietet. Geniesst Land und Leute! Viel Spass, Hans Stoop

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  • Day8

    Elephant Interaction

    August 16, 2017 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We had a couple of mornings where we went and had time with an elephant, feeding it and petting it. We also had the chance to sit up on its back and cling on whike it stood up. They are trained through positive reinforcement, gaining food treats as a reward. It showed that they are still wild animals when one elephant refused to sit diwn and allow our friend to get off her back. She had to climb onto the shoulders of the elephant trainer.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    What wonderful experiences you are having - riding on elephants and horses, swimming with dolphins, walking with lions and seeing all the different animals - you certainly are making the best of your trip. Enjoy it all, love xxxx

    8/24/17Reply
    Lynda Ralph

    They can look so docile, but not sure I'd want to be as close as you 2 !!! Enjoy all your great adventures xxx

    8/24/17Reply
    Tom Ralph

    Just wonderful xx

    8/26/17Reply
     
  • Day17

    Victoria Falls

    July 9, 2017 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Lazy morning. Still up at 6:30 but only by our internal alarms. Breakfast is included at this hotel, so we met up with mom and dad for breakfast at 9. At 10, Yvonne picked us up to go to Victoria Falls (only a few minutes away). She had pre purchased tickets, so we walked right in. She gave us a short orientation and discussion about the falls and we started our 4.4km, leisurely walk, with 16 look-out points to appreciate the exquisite falls. March and April are the high water flow months for the falls. By November the volume of water will have greatly decreased.
    The falls were made famous by Dr. David Livingstone in 1855 when he came across them for the first time. ("Dr. Livingstone I presume?") Yvonne brought us ponchos for the wet portion of the trip which was a must (to stay dry anyway!). I had a chance to talk with Yvonne quite a bit on the walk. She is so easy to talk to and is very honest about the state of affairs in Zimbabwe (though it would be illegal for her to say some of the things she says!) Belmond subcontracts her to guide tours in this area. She started her business, Routes Through Africa, 6 years ago after managing the local Abercrombie and Kent tour operator office here in Victoria Falls. She tells us that very few women own their own companies in this country. Pretty remarkable!
    We had lunch with Yvonne at The Lookout Cafe (recommended by her) which had beautiful views of the falls and the historic bridge (finished in 1904) that spans the Zambezi River. Ken had crocodile which truly tastes just like chicken. (I confirmed. 😊) This restaurant is also the point where travelers sign up for bungee jumping, swinging and zip line. We saw a few people jump. Made me sick just looking at them!
    We had a half hour back at the hotel before Yvonne drove us to our next activity at 3:30p. We took a sunset cruise on the Ra Ikane, a small skiff with seating for 12. Drinks were included along with some small appetizers which were fine, not excellent. We had nice views of birds and crocodiles, a water monitor lizard, saw hippos, and saw another lovely sunset. We were back at 6:15p.
    Yvonne picked us up and drove us back to the hotel (5-10 minutes).
    We ate at the terrace again, this time just dessert. The ice cream brownie was mediocre in my opinion.
    An early night tonight - back up to the room by 7:30, but Ken and I ended up sitting in the lounge downstairs so that the room could be turned-down.
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    Julie Smyk

    You two look adorable!

    7/9/17Reply
    Julie Smyk

    Wouldn't the room be "turned-down"?

    7/9/17Reply
    G O

    I agree with Julie! Would only be hyphenated if it modified something else. But, great post anyway!

    7/10/17Reply
     
  • Day16

    And on to Zimbabwe

    July 8, 2017 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Had a shortened game drive this morning from 7 to 10:30. Only a pride of lions worth mentioning though they did perform when they suddenly ran after a Steenbok. It was quick though with no catch.
    Our 14 seater flight left for Kasabi at 11:25. This time I was prepared! Scopolamine patch, Meclizine and Zofran to start then no looking outside the window and staying distracted playing a game on my iPad. Worked like a charm! The flight was 40 minutes long. We were met by Yvonne, our guide for this last portion of our trip. She seems wonderful - beautiful English and incredibly knowledgeable. The historical and current political/societal conflict in Zimbabwe is extraordinarily depressing. It is a true dictatorship here led by Robert Mugabe (who is 93 years old). There is a 95% unemployment rate! Zimbabweans are required to use banks to save money with strict limits on what cash can be withdrawn. The government changed currency suddenly several years back (from a highly devalued currency to the US dollar). This was done overnight and those with a lifetime of savings in the banks, lost it all. There is enormous corruption and voter fraud here so little changes. Makes one grateful to live in a democratic country!
    Yvonne drove us the 10 minutes into Zimbabwe. We had to purchase our visas (good for both Zimbabwe and Zambia which is very close) and clear customs. This took about 30 minutes including time in line. She then drove us 60km (about 40-50 minutes) to Victoria Falls where she dropped us off at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Very elegant hotel much like the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island - fancy in its heritage, location and view but small rooms with little storage (no towel rods which is strange). We are in room 136 and mom in dad in room 137. Unfortunately, we are on the 2nd floor with no elevator here which is tough for both mom and dad.
    We had 45 minutes before we left for a helicopter ride above the falls at 4. (12-15 minute ride for $150/person). I got the co-pilot seat with great views and opportunities for photos. It was a beautiful first view of the falls. Given that Victoria Falls is part of a National Park there were warthogs right on the property too!
    We were back at the hotel by 5:30pm and went down for dinner on the hotel terrace at 6. I had a yummy ceasar salad and Ken's chicken sandwich was delicious. (Ice cream sundae was weak though) 😕. It's annoying to have to pay for our meals again not to mention, they charge for still water!
    Up to the rooms by 8 and, I am totally ready for bed!
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    Bettina Koehler

    I just love the Falls!

    11/2/18Reply
    Bettina Koehler

    Thank you for the detailed account and beautiful pictures 👍

    11/2/18Reply
     
  • Day36

    Shearwater Explorers Village

    July 14, 2017 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    This campsite looks amazing, the campsites have cement blocks for the tents and lots of green grass surrounding them with a huge undercover meal area and kitchen. The bathrooms were clean and modern. There was a bar and restaurant area as well as a beautiful pool, I am very happy to be staying here for a few days.

    We set up our tents and then all met at bar where we were one of the hotel's staff members gave us information about optional activities available in Victoria Falls. I have decided to do a guided tour of Victoria Falls, bungee jump and the lion encounter.

    The second to last night we went out as a family for dinner where we all ordered different meats such as warthog, crocodile, impala, giraffe etc. I tried most of them but my favourite would have to be the crocodile!

    The last night at the camp I let my hair down a little bit and 'Jess the Mess' came out to play, 8 pre-mixed vodkas and 5 double shot vodkas with coke all within two hours was probably not the best idea. I was drinking because my tent buddy Nicole was leaving me and was already out drinking with her new tour group. We also met the new people joining our group that night, it first time we have met so I probably didn't give a very good first impression. I ended up in bed at about 12am but woke up at about 12:30am and vomited in my tent, once I made it to the bathroom I rested there for about an hour. The next morning was a struggle but no sympathy because it was self inflicted!
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  • Day16

    Jafuta Elephant Reserve

    May 16, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    There are 20 handlers. Handlers rotate elephants so they do not become attached to one person.

    There are 10 elephants at this reserve.

    Each elephant has a unique footprint. The front foot has five toes. The back foot has four toes.Read more

  • Day18

    David Livingstone

    May 18, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    David Livingstone, (born March 19, 1813, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland—died May 1, 1873, Chitambo [now in Zambia]), Scottish missionary and explorer who exercised a formative influence on Western attitudes toward Africa.

    Cause of death: Malaria and internal bleeding due to dysentery
    Resting place: Westminster Abbey.

    The heart was buried under a mpundu tree, where there is now a monument to Livingstone. His body was carried to the coast of Africa in a bark cylinder wrapped in sailcloth, then brought by boat to England. It was decided his body would be buried at Westminster Abbey, and the funeral was held on April 18, 1874.

    The David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, Scotland, is a museum in his honour. This is operated by the David Livingstone Trust
    David Livingstone Memorial Primary School in his birthplace, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
    David Livingstone Memorial Church of the Church of Scotland, in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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