Times when it sucks to be a Canuck...

Trip Start Feb 23, 2009
Trip End Aug 22, 2009

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Friday, July 24, 2009

We embarked bright and early (wow I think I've definitely overused that word in this trip blog!), for the nearby border between Botswana and Zimbabwe.  The other two Canucks and myself got a rude awakening as our entrance visa was at least $20 more than everyone else's (if not $40)...it seems that Canada is picky about letting other countries in and charges an equal amount to enter the great white north.

It was only a short drive from the border crossing to Victoria Falls (evidently named after the waterfall!)...it only took an hour or two.  On the way our tour group truck managed to get a fine, for paperwork that did not exist three days previously and we were not notified about at the border.  Good times!  These are the moments when I'm extremely glad that we opted for a tour rather than backpacking our way across (twas also an issue of funds and time).  Although the officer who fined us did offer to drop the fine if we gave him some money for drinks...how kind of him...

After getting set up at our new digs, we traipsed about downtown Victoria Falls to go to the Falls themselves.  On the way we passed several large baboons, walking down the main street with all the people.  They were about my waist high on their four paws...I kept a reasonable distance...it's all about respecting boundaries, particularly when it's a monstrous monkey. :p

The Falls were amazing!  I first saw them from one side and I thought "wow, they're pretty!"  Then I realized that what I was looking at was in fact only a small part of the Falls and that they were huge!!!!  The pictures don't really do them justice!!  On the other side of the Falls is Zambia, in fact one of the border crossings between the two countries is on a bridge over the Falls, where one can go bungee jumping.  It's not for the meek (like myself :p)

We bumped into more wildlife in Victoria Falls National Park while visiting the Falls; there were several warthogs and many more massive baboons.  (NB park admission is $20 and it only grants you admission at the time of entry.)

Dinner was a fancy affair on a boat, with just our group.  The food was tasty: pumpkin soup, a fish dish and some dessert, along with the delightful concept of open bar.  The highlight for me however was an elephant crossing the Zambezi River quite near to our boat!  It's head bobbed up every once in a while, with just it's trunk floating out of the water...certainly not a site one sees every day!
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