Africa, Dear Africa
A Safari Diary by Patrice Walters – On Tour with Outdoor Africa
World Renowned Victoria Falls!
Arriving at Livingstone, we encountered a lengthy and very slow-moving line to obtain our KAZAVISAs which gets us into Zambia and Zimbabwe. As it turns out, the wait was well worthwhile. Victoria Falls is powerfully beautiful! Absolutely a must see. Upon arrival at Kingdom Hotel, we were greeted by festively adorned locals in authentic dress and treated to their vibrant music. Since it was already late afternoon and the park closes at 6, we opted for an early dinner by the poolside and explored the beautiful hotel grounds.
Getting Drenched by Victoria Falls
It was really nice to be a short walk to Victoria Falls Park, our post breakfast adventure. Rain coats in hand, at the advice of the locals, we headed out. This World Heritage site was AW-MAZING! After our first drenching, we laughed about the rain coat advice because yes, you get a good soaking but you are dry again within 10 minutes. The locals clearly don’t understand that coming from the Pacific Northwest, we’re not put off by a little rain and a warm soaking can be quite refreshing in the heat. We encountered new friends, Marissa, Petunia, and Lisa, whom we met on our flight to Livingstone (they attend Duke University), also enjoying the falls. Crocodile was our lunch favorite at an outdoor cafe inside the park.
Sundowner Cruise and Elephants on the Zambezi River!
A sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River was on our agenda for late afternoon/evening with more incredible animals displaying their behaviors. This included many Crocs and a herd of Elephants swimming across the river and climbing onto the opposite shore. Of course, many spectacular birds/raptors, which I haven’t mentioned too much because we’ve seen so many on a daily basis to even keep track.
Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park
The last full day of our Victoria Falls extension we chose a day tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana. The first half of the day was on a river boat and we had many animal sightings (mostly Elephants), some very close. We stopped for a wonderful buffet lunch, then into safari vehicles for the latter half of the day. It was a great game drive, shared with the adventure-loving Miles family from Cape Town. Lots more Elephants, Giraffes, and different antelopes were regular sightings as we attempted to find a reported recent kill to no avail. All in all, another GREAT adventure!
Our Journey Comes to a Close.
Waiting for our flight back to Johannesburg, we see our Duke friends, Marissa, Petunia, and Lisa again and enjoyed a last visit with them. Now in flight, I’m looking forward to chatting with Gilbert, Leoni, Queen, Johanna, and the rest of our Africa Sky family. Our last dinner at Africa Sky was outstanding as usual, along with the superb service! We enjoyed chatting with Diedre again over breakfast the next morning and complimenting her on her fabulous guest house and amazing staff. This was a tough day, saying goodbye to our new friends/family until we return!