We were gone from Joburg by 11am, flying to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The hotel that we were booked into, the Ilala Lodge, was lovely, and we had been given an upgrade to the executive suite (I had told my South African booking agent it was Geoff's birthday, so she had obviously passed this on to the hotel). The suite was lovely, we could see the fall's mist rising from our veranda, Warthogs in the gardens below, & many birds in the trees around.
We did the 10 min walk to the Falls National Park, and walked several kms around to the various lookouts. There was progressively more and more mist as we headed up the gorge towards the bridge across the Zambezi River to Zambia. We also walked onto the bridge and across into Zambia (just).
Dinner at the hotel on the veranda was lovely. It was a warm summer evening, with a sunset behind the hotel which just got better and better.
|Archie is ready for he falls|
|Two wet boys|
|Carved walkway rails|
|Dr Livingstone & Dr Geoff I presume...|
|The boys again|
|The path in the mist|
|Zimbabwe/Zambian bridge-border crossing|
|Archie with the Zimbabwean|
national bird - Bateleur Eagle or
African Fish Eagle
|Our suite, top level centre of photo|
|A Warthog family comes visiting|
|Mist rising from Victoria Falls at dusk|
|Geoff gets his 1st birhday card for his 50th|
|The Palms Restaurant|
Vic Falls is a very impressive place. The water is still building up from the wet season. We got rather wet from the spray, which can come at you from any and all angles.
We then wandered across the bridge to Zambia. But as we never made it to the border station we were really in the no man's land between the two countries. There were plenty of hawkers flogging cheap trinkets, but we resisted their charms and sob stories and finished our 8 - 10km walk unburdened.