Victoria Falls

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

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Got up a little before 7:00 and went to "In-da-belly" restaurant at our campground for breakfast. We had french toast and bacon.  Then we went to get on the truck at 7:30 but they didn't show up.  I finally knocked on the door at 7:45 and our driver came out.  We grabbed our shower stuff but other people had already gotten most of the hot water.  Early bird catches the worm!  We did some of our packing, found Ernie to sort out the tip, then we went to book our activities.  We wanted to do the all day Zambia package but is would have been $50 for all the visa stuff, so it wasn't worth it.  Then we went back to the truck, got our stuff, and said good bye to the driver.  Miles gave him the combined tip.  The other two crew members did not even come out.  They drank way too much the night before, so who knows when they were getting up. 
     We got a taxi to the Victoria Falls Backpackers and Marlene and Ernie got one to Elephant Hills.  We asked the driver to wait until we dumped off our bags, and the round trip was $10.  We walked around looking at shops then made our way to the border.  We got our "bridge visa" then headed to the bungi.  Miles had to check in at a hut, get weighed, signed papers, and he was ready.  They wrote his weight and number on his arm with marker.  We got there and he was 2nd in line.  They got him harnessed, we watched one person before him then they took him in. They attached the stuff to his feet, connected the harness stuff, then it was his turn.  I had butterflies in my stomach for him.  Right as he was headed to the platform the video stopped working so I had to yell, "Wait!" This did not make the workers or Miles very happy, but I had to get it on video.  He jumped and it was totally awesome!  Then he had to get pulled up and make his way back to the Zimbabwe side.  He said it was more of a rush than skydiving.  He realized that he left his long sleeve on the Zambia side so he went back to get it while I waited.  We got some ice cream on the way to a 1:30 lunch at Pizza Inn.  The pizza was very good for only $6.  We used the internet for 30 minutes then walked over to the casino.  We looked around then as we were going to pay for our card the power went down shutting off the computer system. 
     We decided to go to the Elephant Walk Craft Village and open market.  We got pens, a wooden box, and 2 bowls.  We also traded 2 balls for a stone family of 4 to give to Matt and April.  Then as we were headed to the casino we saw Ernie and Marlene.  They asked if we wanted to go get a snack to kill some time before the lunar rainbow.  We went to Pizza Inn but went to a different store to get a doughnut as a snack.  Miles got chicken and fries.  We walked down to the Falls, paid our $40 each then entered.  Then we found out that for our $40 it was one great big tour that all had to stick together.  We got pretty wet from the mist, so it was a good thing that we had ponchos on.  We saw the lunar rainbow which in the whole scheme of things was pretty amazing.  It was fairly faint, but amazing none the less.  The tour was about an hour, then we walked to Chicken Inn and I got the chicken meal for $2.50 and miles had a beef burger.  We got a tazi for $3 back to the hotel.  The owners only took over the company 3 weeks ago.  The place is decent for a hostel and the owners are very friendly.  Apparently, cereal is included and there is hot water!  Does it get any better than that?  Miles relzxed while I wrote, then it was time for bed.  We had our adreneline package to look forward to tomorrow so I am very excited about that. 

Budget for Victoria Falls $680          Food $40.10             Souvenirs $15        Internet $2
Spent $500                                         Activities $430 Lodging $41 Taxi   $14

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matt on

I've heard there is a place in Kentucky where you can see moon-bows, so I wouldn't doubt it's existence. Hopefully you did get to see them!

Betty on

Cumberland Falls in KY has the Moon-bow. I have not seen it, but want to some day. Thanks for all your posts! VERY interesting! Think I would pass on the food! LOL

Mom on

I remember Mom and Dad talking about the moonbow at Cumberland Falls. They took you to Cumberland Falls, Michele! You were young, but I'm sure you remember! :) I hope you feel like it was money well spent!

Hope your hotel is better than the one you had in Nairobi! Sounds like you are in a much better, more touristy area. Glad there are lots of activities to choose from. I have no idea about the size/scope of Victoria Falls, but I'm sure they are HUGE!

The food sounds interesting; glad you liked it! :) I think the impala stew sounds better than the warthog schnitzel! You will have to describe the croc fingers! lol!

Hope you guys continue to have a blast! Be safe! Love you very much!

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