Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
36Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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When Miles got back I decided to walk to Rainbow Hotel to find out about their buffet. It was much further away than it looked on the map. It took me 20 minutes to walk there, and after all that, they had a $20 breakfast buffet, but no dinner buffet. It took me 20 minutes to walk back but I found a porcupine quill and a huge millipede. I had given the porcupine quill that I found in the Serengeti to Marlene, so now we each have one
I arrived back at our hostel and we waited for our pick-up to take us to the adreneline package. We were the only two he picked up and he took us straight to the spot where we would do the activities. We did the flying fox first. They put you in a harness in the reverse position, clip you in, you run five steps then jump off the end. You go belly/face first across the gorge 125 meters above the water. Next it was time to zipline after taking off the harness and changing it around to a normal way of wearing a harness. It was 450 meters across and much steeper than any we had done anywhere before. They strap you in, count down, then you go 100 kilometers per hour down the path. Wow! What a rush. Then it came time for the gorge swing. I probably should not have let Miles go first because then I had longer to stew and I saw Miles do off the edge. Miles yelled, "Oh Shit!" Miles was just coming off of doing the bungi the day before and he acted like this was even more crazy. It was a 70 meter free fall which is a huge deal. At the bottom, in the gorge, there is a hippo that fell over the falls. Now it is dead, belly up, and it is caught in the 180 degree bend to rot and decay. Then it was my turn for the gorge swing. When they hook you in, there is so much resistance that it feels like you are giong to get pulled over the edge. Because of this, I really thought if I stopped holding myself back then I would go over the edge
We watched our videos then watched some other people do the zipline. We headed over to the lookout point to watch others, but no one else was doing the gorge swing. We bought the shirt that said Gorge Swing. We got a ride back into town and went in a fabric store, then walked to Shoestring backpackers to check out the prices. We walked to Spar which is the grocery store and bought a huge one liter pop. We each got a chicken pie and they were very good. Then we did 30 minutes on the internet. Next, we rented bikes for $5 per hour. We rode to "The Big Tree". Yeah, you could say that! The girth was 18 meters. Then we rode along Zambezi Drive. We had nice access to the river. There was a spot that said to watch out for crocodiles and Miles went out to the river anyway. We saw some guys swimming or taking a bath. You could see where the falls went over from this swimming hole. There was a sign about how it was at your own risk. We had been fast enough on our bikes to ride to the Victoria Falls Hotel which was very nice. The people staying here have an amazing view of the bridge
It was super nice of them to say they were treating us to dinner. I had crocodile tail and Miles had kingklip fish