Victoria Falls

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

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Lunar Rainbow and Gorge swing/zipline/flying fox

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day! Nothing special for the people in Victoria Falls, but we are celebrating with our own fireworks of the adreneline package.  We got up around 7:15, and I ate my doughnuts and a bowl of cereal.  Miles went for a run, while I chose to shower. My shower was quite the ordeal.  The power was out, so I asked aobut having warm water.  The owner said if I went now then I should still have hot water.  Well, because there was not power, there was no water pressure so they had shut off the cold water, thus all the water coming out was scalding hot.  What an experience! 
     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.  They were going whitewater rafting at 7:00 this morning. 
    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.  Well, this is not what happened.  Instead it made it look like I was chickening out, because it caused me to fall on my butt.  I had to stand up and when he counted down I actually had to jump.  It totally took my breath away.  I am so glad that I did, but when I went over the edge I really believed that I wasn't connected and I was going to plunge to my death. 
     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.  We got our bikes back to the rental place with a few minutes to spare.  We walked down to the casino, invested $15 in the casino and came out with $18.  We got a taxi to Elephant Hills for $6.  From the front desk we called Marlene, and Miles talked to her.  He said that she sounded out of it, so they agreed that we would walk the property and look around.  We looked at the restaurant, walked one of the fairways and saw more than 50 animals, then ended up sitting down at the snack shop at the 18th hole.  We decided to split a snack and watch some television.  We called the front desk and said that if Marlene or Ernie were trying to find us, we were down at the golf course.  In the meantime, right after Miles and Marlene got off the phone Ernie came downstairs to look for us and the dumb guy at the desk told him that he thought we had gotten in a taxi and left.  He and Marlene got in a big fight because he thought we had left and they would never see us again.  He was even thinking of going into town looking for us.  Here we thought we were giving them longer to rest from their rafting trip.  After eating our snack we went back to the front desk and this time I called and Ernie answered.  He was so happy to learn that we were at the hotel and he came downstairs and got us.  They told us what the last couple hours of their life had been like looking for us, we all had a good laugh.  Their room was amazing.  They showed us the view and told us all about their extreme rafting trip.  They chose the rafting trip that went from rapid 11 to 23 which was 14 km long.  Apparently they had a really steep climb into and out of the gorge.  They were pretty much exhausted from their adventure.   We went to the bar, had a drink when looking out over the the beautiful landscape, then went over to the restaurant. 
     It was super nice of them to say they were treating us to dinner.  I had crocodile tail and Miles had kingklip fish.  The food was excellent.  Then they had tea and I had hot chocolate.  They walked us to reception, we gave them a hug then we took the taxi back to the hostel.  What a great July 4th!

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Mom on

Happy 4th!

Love the blog! Glad you remember going to Cumberland Falls so vividly with Grandma and Grandpa. I know there are some pics of you guys there; need to look through them and see if I have them. It would be awesome if you guys can see the moonbow there, too! Glad you enjoyed Vic Falls at night and saw the moonbow.

The flying fox, gorge swing, and zipline sound awesome.....all but the huge freefall, taking your breath away! :)

Sounds like some "normal" food? Chicken pies....yay! Sounds like you guys have had a great time with Ernie and Marlene! Tell them I am very glad you had such great traveling companions! I am sure a lifetime friendship has been forged through this trip!

Sounds like many more adventures lie in front of you! Enjoy the hotel and the casino.....let us know how it was! What is the weather like in the Vic Falls area right now? Still sweltering here. Many fireworks displays have been cancelled, lighting fireworks, personally, has been banned. Burn bans and heat advisories in nearly the whole state. Every day for 2 or 3 weeks it has been in the high 90's to mid 100's. 108 one day here....106 another. Keller said it was 110 in KY and saw a thermometer at a bank that said 113. My yard is completely dead. I doubt yours has needed mowed either.

Hope you guys have a wonderful day! Enjoy your 4th in AFRICA! Woot! Love safe!

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