LOCATION: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
WEATHER: Hot – 95. Overcast
Our two (!) tour guides picked us up to take us on a guided tour of the Falls. First we stopped to see this gigantic baobab tree – 1500+ years old
Then, on to the Falls. You don’t really need a guide to walk around the Falls, just following the route and viewpoints, but it was nice to get a bit more history and info. The Falls are about 1 mile wide, twice as wide as Niagara Falls. The water is low right now, so there are parts without water streaming over the cliff. The Zambian side is dry. But they are still magnificent!
In fact, we heard that it is better viewing now, when the falls are low, because when it is really full and roaring, the water creates so much mist that you can’t see anything. Something like this:
It was hotter than blazes as we walked around, and very humid with mist from the falls covering us with moisture. It felt like a tropical rain forest.
Dr. Livingston, I presume?
Across on the Zambian side, on Livingtston Island, there is a pool of water (Devil’s Pool) right on the edge of the falls drop-off where people were swimming….crazy!
Mom and baby warthogs were snoozing in the Falls park..
After the tour, we stopped at the colonial-style Victoria Falls Hotel, built in 1904. Quite elegant. George chatted up the bellman..
Next to the hotel is the railway that calls itself the “Most Luxurious Train Ride in the World”, like the Orient Express.
Parched and suffering from the heat, we headed for the brewpub where we shared a lunch and a cold one
The hotel provides a shuttle to/from downtown, so we hopped on it back to the hotel where we rested and watched a thunderstorm approach – from our 3rd story deck.
DINNER: We ate at the hotel’s restaurant sharing some Zimbabwe beef ribs. Very good.