A Travellerspoint blog

Victoria Falls! Let the Highs and Lows Flow!

We came back from our last safari drive to have one final meal made by Henley our cook. We would be on our own for food at Victoria Falls for the next night.

P1020879.jpg

Our tour was almost over but to enjoy the area more Thom and I had arranged for us to stay an extra night at the campground in a chalet since we would need to give our tent back after the first night. Then we had booked for our final night a room in a nice place on the Zambezi River where we could just take nice showers, eat a good meal and relax before our LONG plane ride home. But more about how that plan went to hell later...ha ha ha!

Right now we are boarding our truck and the teak wood is still on fire from two days ago with blue flames....so crazy! Henley our cook throws some water on it finally to put it out and the ground looked like it was melting and instantly boiling. Whoa!

Oh somewhere along the way we made a stop for this one of a kind picture!
Only at the bus stop folks!
IMG_2244.jpg

When we arrive we are briefed on all of the actives to do at Victoria Falls such as these incredibly scary adrenaline stuff where you leap and dive into the gorge.....Not really my style and I start having breathing problem from just listening to them talk about the options... There was a 10-15 minute helicopter ride over the falls that some chose to do and while the pictures looked amazing we opted out because it was kinda pricy.
At this point we were just going to go back set up our tent and get our heads around the area.

We took a nice walk and wound up where the adrenaline activities took place at the gorge!
IMG_1863.jpg

They had the flying squirrel where you run and jumped horizontally like super man across, A steep zip line that you glided across and then wavered back and forth and finally the gorge swing....This made my stomach turn every time I watched someone do it! It is essentially bungee jumping but you are in a harness that isn't attached around your ankels so you swing out after the free fall and you are not upside down....( I am getting woozy as I type this)

We left the gorge and headed up and over the the super fancy posh Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe and made ourselves comfortable for a cocktail! We got a Stanley and a Livingston of course!

IMG_2253.jpg

Umm So I can't find any nice photos of the hotel for some reason but I do have the ones Thom took of the bathroom...the important stuff
IMG_2264.jpgIMG_2260.jpg

Don't mind the pumbas munching on the grass....
IMG_1871.jpgIMG_1876.jpg

The hotel has a great view and you can see that rainbow in the back from the mist of the falls...
IMG_1875.jpg

large_IMG_1868.jpg

Dinner Time came and we had some great a cappella South African men's choir perform at dinner.
While our tour with our group was officially ending some of us decided to meet up the next night for a booze cruise down the Zambezi River the next night. So after some time chatting we went to bed for the final night in our tent!

The next morning we woke to go support Cool Aussie Nancy as she had signed up to do all three of the adrenaline activities.
DSC02377.jpg

DSC02376.jpg

Thom had then decided to do the zip line. So I went to video because watching fall from thing just ain't my thing! But check it out Thom!
DSC02379.jpg

large_DSC02382.jpg

DSC02387.jpg

DSC02385.jpg

In the end Thom also did the crazy Gorge Jump (WARNING....The F bomb is dropped once in this so maybe turn the sound down) It was kind of crazy because I didn't know he was going to do it and then I had to run back to my spot to catch it on video....

After all that craziness it was finally time to see the falls!!!!
P1020733.jpg

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
P1020732.jpg

IMG_1885.jpg

IMG_1895.jpg

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 5,604 ft and height of 354 ft, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water.

IMG_1902.jpg

IMG_1890.jpg

IMG_1889.jpg

IMG_1884.jpg

Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls

IMG_1914.jpg

IMG_1912.jpg

IMG_1904.jpg

P1020737.jpg

Just a light mist ya know...

P1020743.jpg

Of course we need a tigger picture!!!

P1020739.jpg

After the falls is when the craziness started. We had a nice lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel again and then made our way back to the campground so that we could check into our chalet and shower before our river cruise...Well there was supposively something wrong with the locks on the chalets and they couldn't place us in them but they had some kind of upgrade for us. Well this turned out to be a dirty disgusting dorm. So let's just say that the people at the front desk were not very helpful or kind about the situation and I started to really loose my cool. The short story was that we were suppose to have been able to check in by 2:00 our boat ride was leaving around six and we had no room before we left. Luckily Christine and Bob let me rinse off in there shower but we were still not to happy. But I wasn't going to let it ruin my boat ride so we went to drink up and have a good time.

IMG_2046.jpg

IMG_1921.jpg

It was really fun and I was so glad that I got to do that with the people I enjoyed much of time with on the tour. Paul, Vivienne , Good old John, Bob Christine and Cool Aussie Nancy all joined us!
IMG_2051.jpg

IMG_2057.jpg

We also didn't realize it was a bit of water safari as well!
large_IMG_1939.jpg

IMG_1946.jpg

IMG_1955.jpg

IMG_2042.jpgIMG_1995.jpg

IMG_1988.jpg

This is me when I find out that our room that I reserved and paid for in February was not available:
large_IMG_2025.jpg

With once again amazing sunsets!
large_IMG_2067.jpg

large_B506EE76AB84967CBDAD7D1FCB7ECCC5.jpg

Getting back now after having too many I was super enraged when I was told that we had to sleep in the dorm, luckily for them it was clean and we had the entire place to ourselves. That coupled with the fact that because we were so pissed about this and called our nice hotel that we were to stay in the next night and were told that they also couldn't find my reservation and also had no room for us resulted in had a serious 100% last straw kicking punching raging melt down before finally settling in for the night. It was a low point for me I would say.

The next day we were to leave and go to our new hotel for a final special night. Yup so I called again, they had our reservation and so I was relieved and thought that would be the end of the bad luck. With that in mind Thom and I had plans to walk across the border to the Zambia side of the falls and take a boat to Livingston Island and swim and walk on top of the Falls!!!

We hiked it there to cheap to take a taxi...lol ( It really wasn't that bad of a walk) And arrived at this even more posh of hotel than the Victoria Falls Hotel. It was the Livingston Hotel in Zambia and wow...did I feel like a fish our of water walking up to the gate sweating in our bathing suits and my yoga pants!!! Ha ha ha!!! But it was fine. we met on the sun gate with some other people and waited for them to take us by boat to the island.

The island is owned by the hotel and so the only way to reach it and have that experience of swimming on top of the falls is to go through this company. I was so glad I was able to make this happen before we left.

P1020790.jpg

P1020791.jpg

P1020796.jpg

90_P1020797.jpg

There we were greeted with some kind of starch drink that I politely pretended to drink..(.yum....that was so good maybe I'll just save some for later ok?)
P1020800.jpg

Bathroom with a view
P1020801.jpg

We then had to remove our shoes and truck through the mud to get to the edge.
P1020802.jpg

Our guide then took us to one of my favorite parts of the entire trip! Top of the falls!
It was absolutely AMAZING!!!!
P1020806.jpg

P1020821.jpg

We got swim around in Angle's Armchair... While Devils pool would have been slightly better it was still an amazing second due to the water levels being too high to do that eddy.

P1020840.jpg

large_P1020831.jpg

The views were spectacular and thrilling!

P1020874.jpg

P1020898.jpg

P1020920.jpg

large_P1020919.jpg

Dr. Livingston I presume?

P1020882.jpg

After our time on the edge part of the tour was a fancy brunch on the island YUM!

P1020924.jpgP1020925.jpg

So after we arrived back at the hotel it was time to walk back to Zimbabwe but we first had to make our way through the rest of the property. To our surprise (since this did not happen on our way in) Random animals were roaming the property!!!!
WHAT!!!

P1020927.jpg

P1020929.jpg

OMG that tree is moving and alive!!!
90_P1020930.jpg

P1020934.jpg

P1020935.jpg

More?

P1020937.jpg

P1020939.jpg

We finally made our way back to the crappy campground and got our bags and were off to our nice final hotel to only find out when we got there that there now magically was something wrong with our room and we could no longer stay there. What was actually happening and we knew this was there was some African Political conference happening and they were using there corrupt power to pressure the hotels and so we were getting bumped out. So after being taken to a crappy second hotel and refusing to stay there we were finally driven to this AMAZING hotel called the Victoria Falls Lodge. W could never had afforded to stay there so it worked out in the end. Plus we got a free dinner as well.

It was a beautiful redone hunting lodge with multiple look out levels of a watering hole where different animals visited daily.

IMG_2286.jpg

IMG_2091.jpg

B7B63779D334C60DACA1C8DD9B16647A.jpg

IMG_2101.jpg

B7B6A53503FAC486F6B739233900F1FC.jpg

IMG_2287.jpg

IMG_2124.jpg

Absolutely fabulous. Two pool to watch the animals and sun set!

IMG_2092.jpg

IMG_2273.jpg

IMG_2278.jpg

IMG_2272.jpg

IMG_2276.jpg

large_IMG_2114.jpg

IMG_2130.jpg

Here are some photos of our final celebrations!
IMG_2285.jpg

IMG_2284.jpg

This trip was such a mix of really amazing highs and lots of downs and lows I between. I am so grateful the experience and will all treasure all the moments that in the end make us stronger and smarter travels. Ok now I waiting board a plane to Mexico City so got to go!

Posted by Kelly Rose 03:49 Archived in Zimbabwe

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

Wow! Beautiful pictures- the zip line looks crazy fun!!

by Chris

AWESOME - AS ALWAYS. WHAT A TALE TO TELL. WHAT SIGHTS TO SEE. WHAT FANTASTIC MEMORIES. GOD HAS BLESSED. LOVE YOU US

by Mom and Dad McLaughlin

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint