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Overland Safari 2 – Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Diary….

Day 11: Vic Falls Rest Camp, where we stayed for 4 nights, was a beautiful campsite located in the heart of Town in Victoria Falls. Our private room came with a double bed and refrigerator and a shared bathroom.It was a great change from a tent. The campsite was huge. There was a gorgeous pool and sunbaking area. Beside the pool was the bar and restaurant and we had a couple of really yummy meals here, one of which Pete tried ‘Pumba’ (warthog) Schnitzel.

The pool and bar in Vic Falls Rest Camp

The pool and bar in Vic Falls Rest Camp

Looks as pretty as the animal is itself, but my word Warthog is tasty!!!!

Looks as pretty as the animal is itself, but my word Warthog is tasty!!!!

Entertainment by the locals at Rest Camp.

Entertainment by the locals at Rest Camp.

After a briefing from a tour company called Wild Horizons about all the activites that can be done in Vic Falls we went for a walk around  the town we had visited 3 and half years earlier on our honeymoon. At that time the economy was in tatters and the Zimbabwe dollar wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. It was great to see that the town had bounced back, we noticed many changes here. Shops were filled with product, shelves were full and in general the streets were much busier with both locals and tourists. The last time we were here, we honestly felt like the only two tourists in town.

Elissa revisits a very different Vic Falls from hyperinflation times 3.5yrs ago.

Elissa revisits a very different Vic Falls from hyperinflation times 3.5yrs ago.

Day 12:
While lots of people went off to see the Falls, walk with lions or horse ride, we decided to fit in a few adrenaline activities. We both decided to do the gorge swing (Tandem), so we could jump off a cliff together. A few others from our truck joined us. Pete also booked himself in for the bungee jump. As you will see from the photos below, we didn’t exactly look forward to the gorge swing.

We put on these smiles for the camera, we weren't really happy just before we plunged off a cliff...

We put on these smiles for the camera, we weren't really happy just before we plunged off a cliff...

The thought of jumping off a cliff even when tied to a harness and rope was absolutely terrifying. Luckily once you are all harnessed in, the guy gives you little time to back out and basically pushes you…. Over the edge.

The big leap off the cliff, was hurried by a slight push from the guy behind us. Scary times!!!!

The big leap off the cliff, was hurried by a slight push from the guy behind us. Scary times!!!!

'Oh this is just crazy'...

'Oh this is just crazy'...

Holding on for dear life...

Holding on for dear life...

90 metre drop over thank God... although it wasn't easy on the stomach getting pulled back up either.

90 metre drop over thank God... although it wasn't easy on the stomach getting pulled back up either.

The free fall drop is 90m and feels like it will never end. We tried to scream but no sound came out. Then before we knew it, we felt a pull, the harness picked up the slack and we swung out across the Zambezi River. It felt amazing at this point. However we only really breathed a sigh of relief once we were back up on platform. The ride up was still pretty scary as well – swinging and using our feet to stop us from smashing into the rock wall. Would we recommend it? Absolutely – we were really thrilled when back on land. Some serious action junkies might even say it was fun?

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The bungee jump takes place near the Zambian and Zimbabwe border. You jump off the bridge and plummet head first towards the river. Everyone that did it prior to Pete said it was amazing. His face in the picture below tells a different story.

'So I take it you enjoyed that Pete?'...

'So I take it you enjoyed that Pete?'...

This is how the actual jump played out….

The reassuring thumbs up...

The reassuring thumbs up...

'Arms our wide and look to the horizon'.... (were the tips provided)

'Arms our wide and look to the horizon'.... (were the tips provided)

Head first into the Zambezi...

Head first into the Zambezi...

FINALLY!!! Someone comes to the rescue...

FINALLY!!! Someone comes to the rescue...

Following an incredible day we headed to the Victoria Hotel with Rainer and Marlene for cocktails at sunset and afterwards our last dinner with them at Mama Africa’s ( a fabulous restaurant in town – delicious cuisine and local african entertainment).

While backpackers can only dream about staying at the Victoria Hotel, cocktails on the main deck or by the pool are possible and so enjoyable...

While backpackers can only dream about staying at the Victoria Hotel, cocktails on the main deck or by the pool are possible and so enjoyable...

Day 13: We said goodbye to Rainer and Marlene this morning. Today’s date is 21st March and we had been travelling with these fabulous Austrians since the 24th January. We had so much fun with these guys and hope we get to see them in Johannasburg again sometime in May. The rest of our day was easy, sitting by the pool, reading and updating our fairly delayed blog.

We highly recommend Victoria Falls as a holiday destination. There is so much superb scenery and plenty of activities to fill your days...

We highly recommend Victoria Falls as a holiday destination. There is so much superb scenery and plenty of activities to fill your days...

Day 14: Today we said goodbye to Hesbon, Dom and Cyrus who had taken us from Dar to Vic Falls. The remainder of this trip was on a new truck with the same passengers but different ATC staff. So at breakfast we met Manda, our guide, Themba and Sophia, our cooks and Zenali, our driver. We set off at 10am for a short drive, across the border into Thebe in Botswana. We were spending two nights at the Thebe River Safari Lodge and Campsite to give us plenty of time to visit Chobe National Park.

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  • helen pyman

    Welcome home Pete and Liss (good aren’t I). Love all the photos and Videos. You two have had the best experiences together. Lovely to see you making the very most of our beautiful world. Catch up soon. Love always Helen, Fethers, Little one, Minnie mum. x x

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