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Devil's Cataract

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    • Day 13

      Victoria Falls Hotel

      February 18, 2020 in Zimbabwe ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      Da wo Kaiser und Könige nächtigen und Charles Livingston die Fälle entdeckte, entstand dieses historische Hotel. Auch von hier hat man einen fabelhaften Blick auf die Brücke und die Gischt der Fälle.
      Die Kolonialzeit ist überall in der Ausstattung des Hotels noch gegenwärtig.
      Putzig sind die vielen Affen auf dem Gelände. Wir haben heute das Glück, sogar den Zug auf die Brücke fahren zu sehen. Das geschieht nur dienstags 18 Uhr.
      Wir genießen einen Drink auf der Terasse. Am Abend geht es noch in die BOMA.
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    • Day 13

      Ein verrückter Tag in Victoria Falls

      February 18, 2020 in Zimbabwe ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

      Die Nacht ist ruhig und wir schlafen wieder prima in unserem Dachzelt. Hier gibt es auch relativ gute sanitäre Anlagen - engl. ablutions.
      Der heutige Tag hält wieder einige extravagante Programmpunkte für uns bereit, also sind wir alle sehr gespannt darauf.
      Nach einem Frühstück, von unserer Cooking Crew zubereitet, geht es zur Crocodile Farm.
      Hier beobachten wir viele große und kleine Mangusten.
      Ca. 30 000 Krokodile gibt es hier in allen Größen. Außerdem gibt es ein Gehege mit drei Löwen. Anschließend fahren wir zum großen Markt.
      Die Verkäufer stürzen sich regelrecht auf uns.
      Jeder von ihnen preist seinen "Shop" an.
      Ich tausche eine kurze Hose mit ein.
      Alle von uns haben ihren Spaß und nach ca. einer Stunde sind wir gesättigt vom Verhandeln und Feilschen.
      Danach fahren wir wieder zum Look Out Cafe und einige möchten sich in die Schlucht hinunter stürzen, an der Leine natürlich. Wir schauen den mutigen Springern zu. Zwischendurch gibt es einen heftigen Regenguss.
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    • Day 12

      Von Baum zu Baum

      August 5, 2022 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Eine der angebotenen Aktivitäten ist die Canopy-Tour, der wir uns heute angeschlossen haben. Mit zwei weiteren Familien sind wir über 9 Seilbahnen über die Schlucht gerauscht und konnten dabei die herrliche Aussicht genießen. Wir wurden dabei bestens von unseren zwei Guides unterhalten und hatten eine Menge Spaß.
      Im Lookout Café gönnten wir uns dann noch leckere Wraps.
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    • Day 22

      Victoria Falls

      December 3, 2022 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      Urlaub vom Reisen. Angesehen von den Victor Falls wurde in den letzten 3 Tagen hauptsächlich der Pool und die örtlichen Lokalitäten erkundet.

      Highlight war mein erster Helikopter Flug über die Victoria Falls.Read more

    • Day 17

      Mein Tag!

      March 18, 2023 in Zimbabwe

      Wir haben gut geschlafen in der Nacht, trotz trötenter Elefanten und heulender Hyänen. Um 6:30 werden wir zur Tagestour an die Victoria Falls abgeholt. Wir übertreten die Grenze zu Simbabwe innerhalb 13 Minuten. Damit hätten wir nicht gerechnet. In Victoria Falls angekommen, erfülle ich mir einen langersehnten Traum. Dazu später mehr. Danach schauen wir uns die Wasserfälle genauer an. Ziemlich schwierig wird es, da momentan sehr viel Wasser im Zambesi ist. Während wir an den ersten Aussichtspunkten noch einen guten Blick haben, wird es etwa ab der Hälfte ziemlich feucht. Danach ist an Fotografieren nicht mehr zu denken. Die aufwirbelnde Gicht prasselte als Regen auf uns nieder. Von da an sind wir völlig durchnässt. Ein Erlebnis der besonderen Art. Frisch geduscht vom Zambesi-Wasser nehmen wir ein leckeres Lunch im Lockout Café zu uns. Ein nicht ganz preiswertes Mittagsmahl, aber heute darf das mal sein. Mit gut gefülltem Magen und besonderen Eindrücken im Gepäck bringt uns unser Guide zurück ins Camp. Dort genießen wir das treiben am Wasserloch bei einem kühlen Getränk.
      Ein schöner Tag neigt sich dem Ende.
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    • Day 3

      Die Victoria Falls

      May 30, 2023 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Nach einem sehr guten Frühstück sind wir mit dem Taxi zu den Fällen gefahren. Wir wollten natürlich die riesigen Wasserfälle auch aus der Nähe sehen.

      Die Regen-Ponchos kauften wir natürlich nicht „wer braucht denn schon sowas“
      Na ja. Wir waren alle so patsch nass, die T-Shirts haben wir auswinden müssen, in den Schuhen stand Wasser.

      Aber es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!
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    • Day 70

      Checking in to Victoria Falls Rest Camp

      July 15, 2023 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      While some of the others were booking activities, we walked across the road to Victoria Falls Rest Camp, where we were camping. We had already decided we wanted to upgrade, so went to enquire at reception. We were offered a two-bedroomed lodge at a cost of US$84 per night. It was expensive and very dated, but we decided to go for it anyway! Kim and Iona, Heidi and Kris, and Liz, all found other accommodation elsewhere in the town, but we wanted to be on site so we just made the best of it.

      After settling in, a guy came to camp to take orders for T-shirts for the trips we’re doing. We all chose the colours, sizes, and designs we wanted. We paid a US$10 deposit each. Those who are leaving us tomorrow, will get them tomorrow. The rest of us will get them the day after.

      We went to the café on site to get a sandwich for lunch. The wifi there wasn’t strong enough to complete Mark’s application, so I went to sit in reception to try again there. While I was doing that, Mark went to the supermarket to buy ingredients so that we can cook for ourselves a couple of times while we’re here. He had a bit of a nightmare! All of the prices were displayed in obsolete Zimbabwean currency, so he had no clue how much things were. (It turns out that the exchange rate to the dollar is 5500 to 1!!) He also couldn’t get most of the things on our list as the shelves were bare! He ended up getting a small bag of pasta, a tin of tomatoes, a pack of bacon, the smallest jar of coffee imaginable, and a bottle of shampoo for a total price of US$26!! The days of cheap shopping are over!!

      Meanwhile, back at the site, I was still having no luck with the internet. I had to get it done, so I went back to the activity centre and asked if I could log in to their wifi. Success!! I managed to get Mark’s application completed. Now we just have to wait for it to be approved.
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    • Day 70

      Farewell dinner at Lookout Restaurant

      July 15, 2023 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      By the time we had done these things, we only had an hour to get ready for our farewell dinner. We were all going to the Lookout Restaurant with views over the gorge which the Victoria Falls flow into. It’s also the location for all the zipwire and flying fox activities. Laban had organised taxis to take us there and bring us back. We had a lovely meal and were entertained by the Black Amakhwezi Ensemble who sang and danced. The crew came along, and we organised to pay for their meals. There were one or two dissenting voices who quibbled over a couple of dollars, but we didn’t let it spoil the atmosphere. It was a great way to spend our last night together.Read more

    • Day 71

      A morning in Victoria Falls town

      July 16, 2023 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Breakfast was from 7am this morning, but there was no pressure to be on time for it. We didn’t wake up until 7.20! We wandered over, though, as one or two people were leaving early doors, and we didn’t want to miss saying goodbye to them. We stayed chatting to a few people for a while and said our farewells to Sarah, who is flying to Singapore to continue her travels in Asia. We then went to update our emails before walking into town. The town is full of souvenir shops and little else! We looked in a few of them, and I bought some country patches with the idea that I will stitch them on to a bag before our next trip.

      We returned to the Lookout Café to watch some of our group do their adrenaline activities. On the way in, we saw warthogs and banded mongoose. We sat with John and Trish, who had the same idea! They didn’t stay to see the others, but then Nathan and Georgie joined us. We admired the view as we enjoyed our coffee. Sadly, there was a bloated dead hippo at the bottom of the gorge. We saw Maddie do her flying fox ride, but the others were doing the canopy rope walk first, which would take them to the other side of the gorge and would take an hour. We decided not to wait as there were other things we wanted to do.

      My elephant necklace that I bought in South Africa had broken on my way into the restaurant. The waiter had kindly collected up all the beads and wrapped them in a serviette. He suggested that I take them to the craft market opposite the entrance to the falls to get them rethreaded. So, this is where we headed. I met a guy called Antonio who said he could do the job for US$5, so I left it with him.

      Zimbabwe is such a poor country with an economy that’s on its knees and 80% unemployment. Everyone is trying to make a living by selling you some product or service. You get hassled every time you walk down the street. It’s heartbreaking, but you can’t help everyone! The most common item these people are trying to sell is obsolete and worthless Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes!

      We then went to visit the falls. Victoria Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi River, which provides habitat for several unique species of plants and animals. It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is one of the world's largest waterfalls, with a width of 1,708 metres.

      Archeological sites and oral history describe a long record of African knowledge of the site. Though known to some European geographers before the 19th century, Scottish missionary David Livingstone identified the falls in 1855, providing the English colonial name of Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria. Since the mid-20th century, the site has been an increasingly important source of tourism. Zambia and Zimbabwe both have national parks and tourism infrastructure at the site. Research in the late 2010s found that precipitation variability due to climate change is likely to change the character of the fall in the near future.

      We made for the entrance to the Victoria Falls National Park. Foreigners have to pay US$50 each to go in. Once inside, you follow a marked trail to visit 12 viewpoints. As you go, you get progressively wetter!! We were wearing our rain jackets, but mine, in particular, was useless against the deluge we had to walk through. We were absolutely soaked!! There is so much water in the falls at the moment. We took some lovely photos at the start of the trail, but by about halfway through, there was so much spray and mist that it was difficult to see anything at all! The whole place is absolutely stunning, though. It is undoubtedly a bucket list destination that everyone should see at some point in their life.
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    • Day 71

      Lunch at the Three Monkeys

      July 16, 2023 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      We then walked back into Zimbabwe. We went to pick up my necklace from Antonio, who had done a great job. Our intention had been to go back to the Lookout for lunch, but we changed our minds and headed to the Three Monkeys instead. I’m glad we did because we met up with Maddie, Phil, Mel, Liz, and Iona, and had lunch with them. We heard all about their zipline activities and watched the videos! Mark had crumbed prawns and crocodile skewers for lunch. I had a more mundane margarita pizza. It was all delicious!

      After lunch, we headed back to camp in time for our 4pm welcome meeting to meet our new group. We are to be joined by Jenny and Greg, Niamh from Ireland, Corrina and Mika from Canada, and Joey, Jilly, and Tina from Australia. Despite our fears, they all seem OK. It will be odd, though, to completely change the dynamic of the group.

      T-shirt man arrived with the shirts for those leaving today. Most of them had something wrong with them! I hope ours are right tomorrow!

      We then said our goodbyes to Nathan and Georgie, Natasha, Mel, Ken, and Maddie and Phil, promising to keep in touch via the wonders of the internet and social media!

      We went for a drink at the bar, and then went back to our lodge. I spent the evening catching up with my trip diary, the intention being to spend tomorrow posting!
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