Day 31 - afternoon
Temperature: 37 Celsius
Weather: Blue sky, hot
A 4X4 open safari truck picked us up at the front of the hotel! Seated in the back of it, I held on tightly to the side railing as every bump of the rugged road that the driver took made me jump all over the place! This was what I called having free fun!
Once at the gorge's lookout, a good ten minute walk followed along the cliff’s edge which brought us directly to the zip lining platform. Glancing at Michel, no signs of nervousness appeared on his face! He was that determined to plunge at 106 km’s an hour across the 425 meter wide gorge!
Forms were filled out and waivers signed and then just like that, Michel was ready to experience the adrenaline rush of travelling at the speed of a bullet suspended high above the Zambezi River below.
With excitement appearing on his face, he followed a staff member where a harness was rapidly put on him and then attached to a pulley. Suspended at 120 meters above the river, at a count of one, two three, he let go and went flying into the air!
Actually, he let go at the count of two…..and never waited for the number three! Was he that eager to jump to his death which we all joked about! Putting this aside, he rapidly went flying into the air picking up speed as he descended over the water reaching the promised 106 km speed an hour…..hopefully!
Well it appeared that rocks should have been put inside his pockets. This definitely would have made him a lot heavier and would have allowed him to go at a much faster speed!
As light as he was, he was able to reach only three quarters length of the cable! Poor Michel! He never made it to the end of the cable way up to the other side of the gorge!
Still, as I looked at him through my telescopic lens, he appeared quite thrilled to be suspended high above the river as he came to a complete halt right in the middle of it! A big wide smile was sported on his face and his two thumbs were up!
For a minute, I wondered how he’d make his way back to the platform! This never crossed my mind! Would he have to pull himself back with his bare hands or what!!!
My question was rapidly answered as a local staff member already equipped with a harness descended the cable wire and upon reaching Michel, attached him to it. Afterwards, they were both pulled back to the platform! Voilą! It was that easy, simple and done with within a matter of minutes!
Having jumped off the platform at exactly 2:29pm, he was back on it at 2:35pm, six minutes later! The entire episode of zip lining above the Zambezi River in between two gorges lasted only six minutes! And this, at the cost of 65.00US$! Hmmmmm! Regardless, just the fact of being able to say that he did it made it all worthwhile!
After taking time to rest for a while on the patio terrace and admire the views of the picturesque scenes, we were brought back to the hotel on the same bumpy road.
It was 3:00pm when we arrived! This whole outing had taken just an hour! The day was still young and the weather still perfect! It was time to go out and check more places around here! Monique :-)