FUN-travel: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls

October 23, 2010 by  

The ABC’s of Africa

A = Awesome
B = Bummer
C = Celebration
AA = Awesome Adventure
BB = Big Bummer
RBB = Really Big Bummer
TA = Totally Awesome
VG = Very Good

Day 18 – Monday, September 20 – Victoria Falls – hazy, hot 90’s

  • A – 1:30 arrive Victoria Falls Hotel – warthogs roaming on front grounds entrance – grand old Colonial hotel built 1904 – graciously & enthusiastically greeted by Duly, our porter – tour grounds – meet with guide to plan our time here – decide to go for “the whole enchilada” – walk to town for shopping – have lunch, 2 cokes, 1 hamburger $12.00
  • B – very small town with overpriced shops , continue on to Curio open market – with pretty much the same thing in each stall – wood & stone carvings, baskets, wooden bowls, masks, fabrics, batiks, etc
  • BB – pronounced poverty (people begging for soap & shampoo) amid opulent hotels

FF (FUN Facts) – Zambezi river 4th longest in Africa

Day 19 – Tuesday, September 21 – Victoria Falls – hazy, hot 90’s

Henry the Hippo on Zambezi River Cruise

  • A – full customized day expertly planned (by us)
  • A – 9:15 – 11:15 Victoria Falls Tour w/guide – walk the approx 1.5 km trail – falls spray like rain or mist at times – when high need umbrella & rain coat

Boma Dinner

  • B – water level is quite low, so half of falls area dry
  • A – 2:15 pick up for helicopter ride over the falls area – get front seat w/pilot – great views
  • A – 4:00 pick up for Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – includes snacks & cocktails
  • TA – see hippos, birds, crocodile, turtle, kingfisher
  • C – 7:00 Boma Dinner – includes 5 serving stations w/game meats, half lamb on open fire, local dishes, salads, desserts & Traditional Tribal Dancers

Not so FF – OO = Outrageously Overpriced – cost of 2 cokes, 1 hamburger @ hotel $24.00 – souvenir lapel pins $7 each, never pay more than $4 anywhere in world

Zimbabwe Recap: Victoria Falls is listed as one of the top 3 falls in the world that includes Niagara & Iguazzu. Clearly Iguazzu wins hands down! Have to go back to Niagara since it’s been over 30 years. Vic Falls drop is twice as long as Niagara (over 300 ft). Once again, Stephen was right on staying only two nights. Unless you want to do a game drive or do a one day trip to Chobe this was enough. I did  hear the Zambia side was better in terms of the state of the government. Zimbabwe doesn’t have their own currency and only take US dollars or SA rand and no credit cards.

Boma Dancers