It was border-crossing day, and we left the lodge in Botswana around 07:30. After a short drive we entered the border; first we had to check out of Botswana and then drive for another 100m to apply for visas and check into Zimbabwe. We got a double visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia since the others in the group had made a mistake and booked flight from Livingstone in Zambia instead of Vic Falls in Zimbabwe, and we saw that opportunity to visit another country.
At the immigration office it was totally chaos, and we were supposed to deliver all of our passports together to avoid mistakes. And a couple sneaked up in front of us so Jon tried to explain that they had to wait, but the man got angry. And when he passed us when he got out of the office he shouted out “ASSHOLE.” Charming!
African speed bumps?
We drove for an hour or so before we got to the centrum of the Victoria Falls. We went straight to the activity center to book activities, then had 30min free time before we went back into the truck for a short drive to see Baobab tree and a sausage tree, then we spent 30 min at the market. After that we drove to the entrance for the falls and went on a guided tour..
Victoria Falls is approximately 1700m wide, and varies in height from 80-108 meters. This huge volume of water that flow over the edge produces a spray that rises up to 1650 feet into the air.
Some fun facts:
– Because of the spray from the falls – the Rain Forest at Victoria Falls is the only place on earth that it rains 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.
– During a full moon you can see a moonbow also known as a Lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls.
– Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
– Victoria Falls is the world’s largest curtain of falling water.
For more facts: http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/strange-facts.html
When we were finished with the tour at the falls we drove to our hotel for our two nights in Vic Falls: Rainbow hotel. There we had to fill out the forms and check in. From that time we had the rest of the time on our own until dinner the last night. Jon and I wanted to go to back to the market, and Pumi let us go with him in the truck since he had some errands in the same area. We walked around for a while and bought some big pieces: drums, two large masks, the big five carved out of one piece of wood and giraffes carved out of stone.
Papa warthogs with all his children in Vic Falls centrum. Wonder what they choose for dinner!
(Pic taken by our tour leader Dee)
Back at the hotel we just relaxed, ate dinner, got our new printed t-shirts, went to the roof to check out the view over Livingstone and then went back to our room for some wifi-time.