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Southern Circle: Day 19

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

sunny 30 °C

17 July 2017

Aaaaah …. I need a sleep in! Another 6.15am breakfast and on the road at 7.00am. Clever and JP cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The exit through the Botswana border was very quick – we filled in a form and got an exit stamp in our passport. It took much longer to enter Zimbabwe. We had already filled out the forms and had the visa money ready, we handed it over and they kept the passport, which was a bit confusing. William said to wait outside until they had done all the visas. I did a single entry visa for USD30, the fee for Canadians is USD75 so it was cheaper for Jude to get a visa for both Zimbabwe and Zambia but it meant she had to cross into Zambia. We waited nearly an hour and I got a pretty visa page in my passport for my USD30.

It wasn’t far to the town of Victoria Falls, we reached there around 10.00am and went straight to the booking office to learn about the options for tomorrow. I booked two exciting things …. no, not bungy jumping … you’ll have to wait for my next post.

From there we had a quick drive around the small town. It’s very touristy with lots of markets. Then on to see Victoria Falls. William bought the entry tickets …. ouch, it’s also USD30 to enter the park. You could get a view of the falls from the bridge or from Zambia where it also costs about the same to enter the viewing areas. Judging by the number of people in the park this is a good source of revenue for Zimbabwe.

We had two and a half hours to visit the falls, which was plenty of time. Victoria Falls are spectacular, not a long single fall but lots of falls spread over a wide area. They are called the smoke that thunders for good reason. You need a raincoat or poncho because the spray from the falls is incredible. This is the time of year when the water flow is at its highest. Jude took off to quickly walk across the bridge into Zambia, take some photos from that side and then cross back into Zimbabwe – there’s a fine of USD100 if she didn’t cross into Zambia after buying the visa.


Back on the BB King truck for the last time, this is the end of this leg and everyone else is going their own way tomorrow. We are staying at a beautiful hotel/resort (best of the trip) called A’Zambezi, right on the Zambezi River. The rooms are pure luxury, warthogs roam the ground and apparently a hippo sometimes makes an appearance at dusk.

We had a group buffet dinner (terrible value at USD35). It was sad to say goodbye to William and Clever. Clever has an infectious smile and William is the more serious chief organiser – whenever he made an announcement he said ‘I’m going to make some noise now’, which meant everyone had to listen; and ‘Tomorrow is another day and if tomorrow comes …’; and ‘If there are no further questions my office is closed and I’m going in to the village to get married’. Of course once his office was closed to us he still had daily reports and accounts to do. These guys work very long hours!

Jude and I didn’t have to say goodbye to JP because he’s coming back to Johannesburg with us and maybe all the way to Capetown.

Posted by MissWalker 11:29 Archived in Zimbabwe

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