Devils Pool and a Loo with a View
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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We reached the 3* Falls Hotel, our meeting point for the others in our activity group and also for the shuttle service to the 5* Royal Livingstone. The girls we met were supposed to have gone micro lighting early this morning but weather was not on their side and winds had prevented the flights going ahead, they were gutted.
We marvelled at the Falls Hotel (stark contrast to the scruffy bohemia of Shoestrings) but nothing could have prepared us for the The Royal Livingstone; suited and booted colonial style African footmen opened our 'carriages' at the entrance, the grand central reception flowing directly through to vast expanse of landscaped gardens out back that overlooked the Zambezi river and Livingstone Island, luxurious to the last detail
We met our guides and got a boat over to Livingstone Island (literally a piece of land found at the very edge of the falls). Disembarking the boat we began our walk, past the 'Loo With A View' to the rocks that are the last place you leave your dry clothes on land and head from this point across the river to the rocks were you jump into Devil's Pool (the rock formation that sits at the precarious edge of Victoria Falls' most dangerous flow of water).
Having had a photo opportunity, with a double rainbow, and the gorge far below, we jumped into the water just feet away from a 100m drop into the 'Mists That Thunder'. Squealing as little fish nibbled at our feet, we ensured we didn't venture into the adjacent 'danger zone' to the right. More photo's; hanging over the edge of the Falls whilst semi-attentive guides held you by your ankles (health & safety). We took it in turns to freak ourselves out for photographs and then called it a day, heading back to dry clothes for a change and marquee serviced brunch.
Eggs benedict, hot coffee and cold juice (nah warm coffee and warm juice but one can dream), it was all very civilised, if not a tiny bit rushed for the next tourists...
Back at The Royal Livingstone we ordered a Cosmopolitan and a Bloody Mary and basked in the ambience of the bar with its large gilt mirrors, piano and newspapers from around the world.
Back across in Zimbabwe we became trillionaires after buying a trillion dollar note from a street seller for $2 and then realising it was a counterfeit bank note, never mind! With the heat almost debilitating we bought neon blue slushies from a shop and gave ourselves more brain freeze!
Finally home to Shoestrings, we took full advantage of the Happy Hour and then had a goodbye drink with Paul and Lucinda who are leaving the trip for SE Asia tomorrow. Booze. chat, Vikki and Pete's emu wars!
Disrupted sleep until 4am....joy!