Victoria Falls…

I have been in and out of Zambia since June 2015, so I thought it was time to visit Victoria Falls. One of my coworkers here with me also from Canada had never been, so we planned a weekend to see her magnificent beauty.

We had a pretty jammed packed itinerary in a 48 hour period. We flew from Lusaka to Livingston via ProFlights (extremely expensive unfortunately) and arrived in Livingston at noon on Friday. Our driver picked us up and took us to our hotel Avani (formerly Zambezi Sun) which is walking distance to the falls. We spent the afternoon having a tour of the falls, which in rainy season now it’s extremely high and mist so thick it’s as if you’re walking through torrential rains. We got pretty wet and I sacrificed my poncho to save my DSLR camera bag.

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After our falls tour we went back to the hotel to change into dry clothes and catch our transfer for our river cruise. This was a 3 level river boat with snacks and unlimited drinks that cruised two hours up and down the Zambezi with sights of hippos and elephants on the banks.

Saturday we got up quite early and took a tour to Chobe National Wetlands in Botswana. The drive was about an hour and a half total with a ferry crossing from Zambia to Botswana. I will go into more detail about Chobe in another post.

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Sunday morning we got up and walked back to the falls. At 8 am there were no tourists so we had the area to ourselves for photos which was really nice. We spent some time buying small artifacts at the shops outside the falls park gates and then walked back to the hotel.

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I had booked a chopper flight with one of my pilot buddies who tookus over the falls and then down through the Zambezi gorge. The flight was awesome and I had no idea that a helicopter could pull the type of maneuvers we made in the gorge. I have a youtube video of the flight here:

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After the chopper flight we caught transfer directly to the airport. 48 hours done, be we were able to experience so much! Overall I thought Livingston was kind of overpriced for the experience but worth going to. I would like to go back in dry season when the falls have less water and less mists, better phots and the devils pool experience (swimming at the edge of the falls). We were able to get a decent rate for Avani much cheaper than the tourist price. Either way I think that if you go to Zambia or Zimbabwe, you have to suck up the cost and experience the falls.

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