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May 24. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

sunny 28 °C

This morning we left at 8:00 even though it is a short drive to Victoria Falls since we can be held up at the Zimbabwe border for 2 hours in order to get our visas, and in fact it was almost 2.5. The lines were horrendous. When we got close to the border crossing there were miles of trucks on the side of the road who were waiting to take the ferry to Zim, which is cheaper for them, but they have to wait almost a week to get on. The ferries quite often break down as well. They are in the midst of building a bridge. Misheck said that Botswana does not spend much money on infrastructure, even though it is one of the wealthier countries!

Once in Vic Falls, Misheck drove us around to get our bearings. We stopped at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel to look around. This historic hotel was built during the time of the bridge building in the early 1900’s and British royalty would always stay here.

For lunch we went to The Lookout which is perched on the edge of the gorge below the Falls, right at the bend. Aptly named!

At 4:00 we went for a helicopter ride over the Falls and along the Zambezi River to see animals from the air. It was a 25 minute ride. I was in the co-pilot seat and the pilot was a lovely woman, with long exotic blue finger nails. The view of the falls was spectacular.

The Zambezi River is Africa’s 4th longest river at over 2500 Km’s long, starting in northern Zambia and flowing out into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfalls in the world. They are not the widest or the highest, but with all dimensions taken into account, including almost the largest flow rate, they are considered to be the biggest curtain of falling water in the world. Dr. David Livingston was the first white man to see the falls (in 1855) and he wrote: "It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight".

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Posted by barb3389 14:55 Archived in Zimbabwe

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