Victoria Falls – The Smoke That Thunders – Zimbabwe and Zambia – November, 2011

Beautiful Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe – November 3, 2011

We were all very excited to get to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and we could hardly wait to start our African journey. We checked into Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and all we could say was wow! This place was fantastic, the location was away from town and the lodge had a watering hole and you could sit on the terrace and watch animals come in for a drink. Our room was huge and had a nice bedroom on the upper level and a sitting room with a deck on the lower level (we loved the giraffe tile motif). Both levels of our room looked out over the watering hole. We saw elephants, crocodile, kudu, impala and the odd warthog that would come to the watering hole to drink and cool down.

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Late afternoon we went on a very scenic Zambezi River cruise for cocktails and a beautiful african sunset. Right away we felt that there was something magical about this place and it was only the beginning of our month long adventure. We saw so many hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. The people in Zimbabwe were so warm and welcoming, they always had a smile on their face and they loved to joke around. We felt so comfortable in this hotel and we were super excited for the next day because we booked a tour to Livingstone Island and The Devils Pool!

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Taking a plunge into the Devils Pool in Zambia – November 4, 2011

We gathered up our courage and took the trek to Zambia to brave the Devils Pool. You can only go in the dry season and you can actually lie down and look right over the edge of Victoria Falls while in the Devils Pool, it was an amazing feeling! It was kind of crazy and slightly scary because you have to literally jump into the section of the river where the pool is and you definitely want to make sure you target it correctly or you might just go over the falls! Cheryl has now christened our journey the OMG trip because everything we see causes someone to shout OMG! I was just thinking OMG please don’t let me see a crocodile while I’m in this river!

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We got back to the lodge before noon and we gathered to watch the daily 1:00pm vulture feeding. OMG! I happened to get a little freaked out at the hundreds of swarming vultures within a few feet of us and when I tried to rush out of the way I ended up getting hung up on a very large thorn tree – I made a quick mental note to stay away from those (both the vultures and the thorn trees).

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Later in the afternoon we went on our walking tour of the falls and they were indeed a sight to behold.

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In the evening we went to the Boma Dinner, it’s a dinner and dance show where we enjoyed traditional dance and sampled some local cuisine. We tried wharthog, crocodile, ostrich, buffalo, impala and of course a morpani worm (Gordon ate the worm and has a certificate to prove it, I did not).  It was a fun experience and we all had some good laughs, it was a great way to spend our last evening at Victoria Falls.

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On Our Way to Botswana – November 5, 2011

We were kind of sad today to leave beautiful Victoria Falls and the wonderful people of Zimbabwe and Zambia. We had a slight mix up upon check out, OMG we were charged for the Boma dinner again (we were charged for it before leaving Canada and then again at the dinner), we have now paid for it three times but the hotel fixed it once again for us. We had such a good laugh while checking out because I asked if they would be giving me change in USD while completely forgetting that they no longer use their own currency. The lady at the front desk calmly says to me that she will be giving me a trillion Zimbabwe dollars for my change and that it will be a huge stack of bills – then she cracked up laughing. She told us that they had to switch their currency to the USD because there wasn’t enough room on the cheques to write out a billion and trillion so there were a lot of mistakes made on cheque writing – ha ha.

Where we stayed: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 

Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel


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One Response to Victoria Falls – The Smoke That Thunders – Zimbabwe and Zambia – November, 2011

  1. Lorraine says:

    Awesome pictures.
    This will always be my No 1 trip and fantastic memories Was extra special to share this great adventure with you, Gordon and Cheryl

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