Hwange morning game drive and Victoria Falls

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Monday, July 2, 2012

 Up around 6:30, and cereal at 6:40, started the game drive at 7:00.  We saw some dika, then a band of go away birds sunning themselves on the top tree branches.  Then we saw a birches cookle bird, and a Southern piped babbler, then a white crowned shrike.  It was the morning of bird watching.  Then we saw three steenbok.  Usually, they are solo, but two bucks were trying for the same female so we got to watch a little competition.  We saw the cremson breasted shrike and the lilac breasted rolla.  Of course we saw wildebeests, zebra, elephants, giraffe, and several kudu including a good sized buck.  We made our way to one of the pans, but when we got there very little water remained.  Two workers were sitting and waiting for transport.  They stay in a little hut for one month at a time.  The national park comes to check on them once a week, and Jordan thinks they only make about $100 per month.  They drink from the same bore hole as the animals, so when there was a problem with the pump it effected them too.  We gave them a drink for which they were very greatful.  We also offered them a lift back to the main office.  It might have been as much as 6-7 hours before the park service would have arrived.  The guys said that we missed seeing lions by only about an hour or two.  Imagine being trapped in a little metal hut for a month at a time with lions coming to the watering hole everyday.  We ate some snacks on the way back and shared with the guys.  We didn't see too much on the drive back but we did drive faster knowing that we were behind schedule.  We really enjoyed our game drives in Hwange!  There are not as many animals as the Serengeti, but there aren't as many tourists either, and you can drive your own vehicle.          
     We got back and took down the tents.  Then we ate brunch which was pancakes and spaghetti.  Victor and I were supposed to finalize the kitty.  We came up $65 short and I wanted to know where they came from.  He could only account for $16.  We went round and round so we had Miles take over my job after a very heated exchange.  Finally, it ended up that Zanzibar was they problem spot at $44 extra per person. 
We were late heading to Victoria Falls, just like we have been everywhere else.  Good thing we finally left and looked at the records on the road.  We finally got to Victoria Falls, they showed us the entry to the park, and bridge then they drove us to the campground.  We set up the tents, figured out dinner, then took off walking.  We checked prices for all the activities then walked to the border. 
     We got a bridge pass so we could see the falls.  It is magnificent!  Pictures simply can't do it justice.  Then we watched someone bungi jump, bought some old currency, then went to an internet cafe.  We both used the very fast internet for a whole hour for $4. Then we were supposed to meet for dinner at 7:30, but they did not come until 7:40.  I had warthog schnitzel, Miles had impala stew, we had crocodile fingers and cinnamon crepes.  We split the ticket for Kioko and Mueseoka.  Victor was free as the guide.  After dinner, we walked to "The Kingdom Casino".  They wouldn't let you buy souvenir chips but Ernie found two on the floor and we smuggled them out.  We walked back to the campground at 10:30 and headed to bed. 

Budget $50          Food- $50 farewell dinner Tips  $10
Spent $72            Souvenirs $7 Internet $4
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WOW! Loved hearing all of your last few day's adventures! TEN TRILLION dollars? WOW! You are RICH! Who needs the Powerball? lol!

Can't wait to hear the more detailed stories and see your pics when you get home! What an awesome adventure!

Glad you have good/fast internet service now! Enjoy your farewell dinner and try to keep us posted after you leave the group. I am glad you were able to travel with Ernie and Marlene! You guys will probably stay in touch from now on! It's great to have friends from all around the globe! :)

Love you both! Stay safe and have a BLAST!

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