Well, the handover of the apartment went surprisingly well and we left the 30th of August on our southern African adventure.
Our first destination was Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and we timed the visit for the end of August to take advantage of the full moon which produces a lovely phenomenon known as the Lunar Rainbow. We didn't get any good pictures but it was lovely. Next day, when we saw how close we had come to the unbarricaded edge of the rocks marked as "Slippery and Dangerous" (a sign that wasn't visible at night), we wondered how so many people crowded right up to the steep dropoff managed to get home safely. Or maybe not all did and we just didn't hear the scream. Hmmmm.
We stayed at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel which is an easy walk to the falls (if you discount all the people trying - some very aggressively - to sell you cheap souvenirs along the way). I had discovered an online special which gave us a "deluxe" room for the same price as a standard so we took that. Turns out it was a suite. The hotel is amazing, very Rule Britannnia, if a little tired around the edges. We loved it.
|Two dead animals lying on the floor. There were a lot of dead things in this hotel.|
|Hotel from the air.|
I had been very excited about the possibility of seeing warthogs and we saw our very first ones on the grounds of the hotel. Later, we would learn they are as numerous as bedbugs but we never did tire of seeing the comical little guys, especially when they were kneeling to eat or running off with their tails standing straight on end like bicyclist's flags.
We took the "Flight of Angels" helicopter flight over the falls. The helicopter only held three passengers and there were three couples so Greg and I volunteered to split up. For once, good intentions paid off as both Greg and I had the best seat - the one right beside the pilot. The flight was amazing. I'm going to have to dig out the Thesaurus or I'll be using amazing to describe every aspect of the whole trip. Well, maybe not the flat tire or the food in Aus.
|The bridge crossing the Zambezi River separates Zimbabwe (right) from Zambia (left).|
Later in the day, we walked along the length of the falls and it was - you guessed it - amazing.
|Lots of double and even tertiary rainbows.|
|See the crazy tourists on the Zambia side? They sit in a pool looking over the falls.|
|Here they are again. This picture shows just how strong the falls are in that area.|