Livingstone, Zambia – September 4-5 – It was a short sweet private jet flight from Kruger, South Africa into Zambia’s Livingstone Victoria Falls. We were all rather sad to say ‘as revoir’ to new found friends and luxury experiences of Singita … but we knew that more adventures awaited us.
On arrival in Zambia, with our guide we were soon at the nearby Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the “mighty” Zambezi River. Not quite so “mighty” with over two years of drought in this region and being the dry time of year. The hotel sits amid lush green grounds on the riverfront with giraffes, zebras, and ever-present monkeys around us.
We started with an excellent short lecture of the European discovery of Victoria Falls by Dr. David Livingstone in 1855. Always known locally as Mosi Ya Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’, because of the towering spray that usually comes up from the Falls. We visited the Falls on foot with our private guide to understand the great cataracts and formations which are about 1.3 miles in length. As well we saw the famous historical bridge that spans the Batoka Gorge … connecting Zambia with Zimbabwe … an old iron span bridge built in 1905, carrying road and railway across.
We also took time to visit a very historic traditional village with local ancestry dating back over 500 years. Here a lady from the village led us through to see a ‘real life’, glimpse of village life. We learned of their very basic values of living simply, and how others live such full lives so different from our own. We were also able to meet some villagers and interact with children. This is a village of wood carving people, so we enjoyed some shopping later at the village curio store.
On our next day here we went from ‘eles’ to ‘helis’. Starting in the morning with an African Elephant encounter where we all enjoyed getting to know our ‘pachyderm pals’, one-on-one and ‘up close’ and personal. Along with the ‘eles’, we saw some smaller gazelle and had a photo-stop alongside the Zambezi. Video and photo memories of this unique experience were ours to take home. In the afternoon a spectacular helicopter flight above the Falls allowed us an unusual perspective of the millions of years of erosive water at work … and a ‘birds eye’ view of the lengthy spectacular falls. Helicopter rides are always fun … above the Victoria Falls is the experience of a lifetime.
At sunset, like the wild animals around us, we enjoyed our own sundowners at the ‘watering hole’ (cocktail party) hosted for our private jet air crew. How nice it was for us all to get to know each other as friends in such spectacular, relaxed surroundings. A Good time was had by all … and we look forward to an excellent, efficient onward flight to Kenya in East Africa, right on the equator. It’s in western Kenya that the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve (northern Serengeti) is located, a “must see” wildlife area of Africa … so that’s where we go … Safari Njema!
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