Endless Botswana travel blog

The bridge built by Cecil Rhodes

'the smoke that thunders' in the distance

Dead hippo in the Zambezi River

The dominant bull Danny at Elephant Cafe

-had set the alarm for 0700 but up after 0500, getting the draft blog done, pix downloaded, packing, border money and up to pay bill after 0600 safari departure; frustrated a Tripadvisor review of the lodge went awol but got the blog up to date

-it was probably the most solid bit of sleep I had but some good java is still in order

-the Yanks had reported yesterday they could not gain access to their safe but it was handled in due course; Chris this morning reported a similar problem last night, the girls' safe having to be broken open and they did not get to sleep until after 0100

-big breakfast and final prep for 0900 departure, leaving our truck and going with Bushtrack to the Kazungula border crossing; it is the only area in the world where four countries meet [Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe]; a new international bridge should be done in 5-6 years [but Olly thinks it will take longer]

-the truck line to cross into Zambia was enormous, Olly suggesting some of the trucks might be in line for two weeks as only one tractor trailer unit can be ferried across at a time; the bridge will be an economic boom for southern Africa

-at the border, filled out a tourism survey as the three of us got double entry visas for Zambia

-down to the Zambezi River to await our turn for the short speed boat ride across the river, vendors ready for our arrival

-up to Zambian immigration for formalities

-it was about an hour to get to Livingstone, partly through a national park

-at Avani Victoria Falls Resort c 1130; got our room numbers but the rooms not yet ready; arranged for the micro lite flights for the three of us for manana; Olly seemed to think we had to book it through Safpar but I said not necessary

-headed to the Zambian bit of Victoria Falls in the heat of the day, running into the rest of the Brits; very little water going over that area; gave up on reaching the Boiling Pot and returned to get our room keys

-on return, told Olly and the group if we go to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for dinner tomorrow that I would get his meal [his meal is included if we eat at our hotel but the sister property is more swish]

-to a bar for a Mosi-oa-Tunya beer and fried calamari to tide me over until the Elephant Cafe repast

-the room is fine but it is a large resort, again with little 'Out of Africa' feel, more for people with money who don't mind coming to Livingstone if the comforts of home are readily available

-short walkabout before readying for 1600 rendezvous for the transfer to the David Livingstone Lodge to start the Elephant Cafe, a memorable night

-first was the jet boat ride up river through rapids with some animal sightings, some spray adding to the atmosphere

-second was the interaction with the elephants, getting to feed them, in particular the dominant bull, the food dumped into its trunk and he did the rest putting it into his mouth; looking him in the eye you sensed its power

-third was a first rate meal, the best of the trip so far with all the food items from within 20 kilometers, the rib eye cooked rare with nice aubergine/eggplant and a tasty rice with local nuts

-a van took us home, not before a giraffe was seen sitting on the Avani property

-a night cap at Avani that I did not need but it was the anniversary for Peta of her husband's death, the birders finding us again

-an email and off to bed

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