Lions, Elephants and Vic Falls!
Trip Start May 31, 2007
107Trip End May 20, 2008
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After a full breakfast back at the lodge, some of us headed out to ride on the elephants. Really good setup, comfy cushion to sit on and only two or three people plus guide on each elephant. We made our way through the bush with the elephants constantly eating, relieving themselves or widing their trunk back towards the guides for snacks. Apparently, training a
African elephants is based on the incentive rather than punishment system...which seemed to work fairly well. They were certainly better cared for and treated than the elephant I rode in Nepal.
After a quick lunch in town...basically devoid of any tourism and filled with locals offering scandalously low prices for lovely wood carved trinkets...we walked towards the border to the entrance of Victoria Falls passing more trucks, scavenging baboons and getting a bit damp from the spray of the falls beyond. On this side, you get a much more extensive view of the falls and we saw rainbows almost from every angle...got super wet, saw a green poisonous snake and then made our way back across the border, the immigration official barely even looked at our passports before putting a quick stamp on the visa and then into a barely functioning minivan to the Waterfront Hotel where we were staying. As usual,. a few local boys hounding us to try to get our transportation business...the conversation usually starting by a hello, where are you from, where are you going, what have you seen...blah blah blah always heading towards the final request for money or to provide us services...with price to be negotiated back and forth.
After dinner we spent the evening at the bar where most people were drunk having just stepped off the nightly booze cruise...which we had done a few nights earlier and were left in a very similar condition : )
Here are a collection of photos that I uploaded to my facebook account showing quite of bit of the Africa highlights...enjoy!