Gorge Swings, Flying Foxes and an Overland Tour!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A very cool day where I signed up to do a combo adventure sport day. Absailing, Flying Fox and Gorge Swing, all of which was in a spectacular canyon running just off the Lower Zambezi.

Emmanual who I think owned the place came to pick us up that morning. I had shared a beer with him the previous evening and the guy was huge. I think his biceps were the size on my thighs!

Besides the adrenalin stuff, everything else about the day was excellent. Our fee also included breakfast and free sodas and beers.

First was the absail down a steep 50m cliff. I did it pointing forwards, first time absailing in that direction.

A hike back to the top and then it was the Flying Fox. A wire was strung out across the canyon, they would attach a clip on your back to the wire then you run down a ramp and shoot across the canyon like, yes you guessed it, a flying fox.

One of the guys with us was extremely scared so the instructor took him down to the edge to have a look before just pushing him off! Another guy who was even more petrified held on to a metal support that was holding the wire up, before the instructor clipped himself on to the same wire and pulled them both over the edge. All very entertaining to watch.

Lastly was the Gorge Swing, this was what I'd really been waiting for. Again a wire was attached across the canyon, with a swing rope attached half way. After stepping over the canyon edge you would free fall 54m in 3.5 seconds, hitting 100mph before leveling out and swinging like a pendulum and then being lowered to the canyon floor.

I was determined not to scream like a girl (an like all the people before me), but when you can see the canyon floor getting closer my body didn't give me any choice. I enjoyed the first fall so much I went back for seconds!

Late afternoon and I went to watch the Danish girls on their microlites before we all headed out to dinner. My last night in Zambia and I had gone against every thing I'd said earlier and booked on to an overland tour the next day that meant I need to get to Zimbabwe the next day.

I liked Zambia and the people. It seemed like the 'real Africa' and similar to Malawi and Uganda to a certain extent. I have to admit though my time in Zambia wasn't that cultural, I'd hung out with other Westeners, drunk too much beer, seen the Falls and taken a microlite flight. The last 2 of those activities probably been 2 of the highlights of my trip.

The overland tour I'd booked onto only had 6 people, between the ages of 20 and 35 I was told. I was hoping they were going to be decent and this was going to be a good trip. I was also hoping after travelling solo for so long, I'd be able to handle a group situation for the next 3 weeks. Either way getting me used to people again would surely be a bonus for Erica when she meets me in South Africa.

Chobe National Park and a dug out canoe would be the highlights in Botswana. Atosha National Park, the Namib Desert and the Fish River Canyon would be the highlights in Namibia. With Stellenbosch and the vineyards been the highlight in South Africa before arriving in Cape Town. In the end I'd figured if I went solo I'd end up having to do tours to all these places anyhow and this would work out more expensive. Time will tell, but either way this section of my trip is something that was near the top of the list since leaving Boston.
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