We visited Victoria Falls first from the Zambia side and then from the Zimbabwe side. That required a visa to get in and then another to get back into Zambia. A little confusing but all without a hitch.
I can hardly describe the volume of water thundering over the falls. The other name for the falls (also the name of the park, Mosi-oa-Tunya, means “The smoke that thunders”. You can see the mist rising in the air from far away. It does look like smoke rising from a fire. It’s also very wet! You wear ponchos otherwise you end up drenched. It makes it a little hard to take photographs! By the way, I didn’t get to jump in Devil’s Pool. Still too much water flowing. 😦
This bridge is the way between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also the bridge from where people can bungee jump! Victoria Falls has become the adventure capital of Africa.
The bridge from the Zimbabwe side. We could get close enough to see jumpers but there weren’t any at that time.
A double rainbow!
Elephants are masters at pushing over trees. But apparently, there wasn’t much interest in doing so with this lucky tree.
grey hooded kingfisher
Some of the giraffe here have very pale spots. This is, unfortunately, due to a lack of diversity in the gene pool. It is a small national park, and there is no corridor to other areas.
The matriarch of this herd decided to take exception to our passing on the road. She refused to move even though her herd had left the road. We finally gave up and took another route.
A little extra salad….
The rhinos have implants in their horns that allow them to be tracked 24/7. Initially, a group of rhinos were brought in to this park. All were poached except one; he’s the guy sleeping in some of these photos. More were brought in and those are the eight that are there now. Because we were with AWF, we were allowed to have access to where some of them were. It was truly a privilege.
The calf was born here.
These are two males. The one resting is the only remaining rhino left from the initial reintroduction. The others were all poached.
After his companion left and we prepared to leave, he got up and wandered off. The sun was about to set and he was going to lose his sun soon.
On our way to Botswana, we stopped at a school that AWF has helped fund. It’s in a very rural area and some of the kids walk quite a way to school. There is one language that is understandable to everyone…. children seem to giggle exactly the same way no matter where they live and whatever language they speak!
On to Botswana next. That will take a while…