Day 6: To Livingstone and Victoria Falls

Today we are all excited because we are leaving for Livingstone to have a fun weekend! Everyone had to pack their suitcases because we are leaving them at the Zebra Guest House and just taking what we need for the weekend. We had an early morning – suitcases out at 6:30 am for storage here and then we were out waiting for the bus.

Ready and eager to get on the road!

Ready and eager to get on the road!

Emmie came a little late, but we were off before 7:30am. The blogging has been keeping me up till 1 or 1:30 am, so I slept on the bus and was much refreshed! We stopped and bought bananas from the road side – unfortunately they did not have the tiny ones that are the tastiest, but these were pretty good too.

We reached Choma the headquarters of the southern province about noon and did a stop for gas and a restroom break – 2 kwacha to use a restroom where the flush did not work and there was no TP. But – I’ve seen a lot worse! We ate our lunches on the bus and reached Livingstone at 2:30 – almost exactly 7 hours of driving and found Chanters Lodge easily as there were very clear signs. Richard Chanter was there to greet us and it seemed like a very nice place – reminded me of Chaminuka where we went last year for the weekend when Jenn and I were here – with rooms with access from the outside. By the time we got into our rooms etc. the van from Safari Par Excellence was already there to take us to the falls! So we quickly put things away and hopped in with our guide Paul to go to the falls. Just a short drive and we were there. The tour started slow, with a view of the mist, and then a view of the falls from the side.

Pre-soaking pic of

Pre-soaking pic of the group

The falls!

The falls!

As we continued on the trail, we reached a spot where Paul put on his poncho and then asked us to all wear the ponchos provided to us also. So we did, and slowly we started feeling the mist, but still no too much. We now had a full view of the falls from the front – they are really wide: 1.7 km and 108 m in height. According to Wikipedia they are neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, but the largest, because with that width and height they form the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Then we crossed a bridge and started literally getting rained on!

The bridge

The bridge: notice the rainbow!

We saw a double rainbow over the falls, and the rainbow from several places.

Rainbow over the falls!

Rainbow over the falls!

We had to turn around and walk back over the bridge, and this time we got even more soaked!

The soaked group!

The soaked group!

Walked to the little market they have there and some of us bought some souvenirs.

Souvenir shops where the bartering happens!

Waiting for the students in front of the souvenir shops where the bartering happens!

We sat on these rocks and watched the sun set near the calm waters of the river before it gets to the falls.

Sunset over the calm river before it gets to the falls

Sunset over the calm river before it gets to the falls

Back to the van and Paul had a cooler with water and soda, so everyone got a drink and then back to the lodge.

Drinks from Paul after a great visit to Victoria Falls!

Drinks from Paul after a great visit to Victoria Falls!

The group with Paul

The group with Paul

Dinner at the lodge , to end a very nice day all in all and we get to bed early, so we can be ready for more adventures tomorrow!

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sibks
    May 24, 2013 @ 20:33:52

    What a great blog today! We felt like we were experiencing the mist and rain right along with all of you. We had no idea the falls was so spectacular! Long bus rides and busy days..you all must sleep well at night. Thanks for the photos and descriptive notes about the day. What a great Purdue team! take care~Kathy and Steve Sible

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  2. Terri Thomas
    May 24, 2013 @ 20:44:07

    Beautiful falls and rainbows! What a great adventure!

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  3. Susan Kerkhove
    May 24, 2013 @ 21:28:15

    What an amazing day!!

    Reply

  4. lkrish64
    May 25, 2013 @ 17:35:32

    Thanks all for the comments!

    Reply

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