Beautiful Victoria Falls

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Oh my goodness 2 weeks without any internet access ! Its either incredibly slow or/and VERY expensive!

So, heres a low down on what we have been busy doing for the past 2 weeks.....

Yes Matt was a lady for the evening of our fancy dress party back at Kande Beach in Malawi, he absolutly loved getting in touch with his feminine side! In a black sequin dress and I did his make up for him....it was pretty scary!
In Malawi we completly chilled out and relaxed on the beautiful wide sandy shores, and drank far too much whilst we were there and had the bar tab from hell!

We left Kande at 4.30am and drove to Malawi's capital city of Lilongwe, we planned to be there for 9am when the Mozambique embassy opened, and we werent far off...arriving at around 9.30am.
After a bit of hassle at the embassy, (everyone had US$ to pay for there visas, in this unusual case they wanted Malawi Kwacha and nobody had any left!)we shopped for bits and pieces in the local supermarket, before going back to the embassy for lunch and to pick up our transit visas. That day was one hell of a long day, we were to bush camp in Mozambique, but everyplace which we stopped people would just appear from nowhere, or there would be a mud hut hidden behind a tree, its obviously too dangerous we would be robbed as soon as we fall asleep...so we had to carry on driving until we found a suitable spot, we set up camp at a quater to midnight...we had been travelling since 4.30am....we were exhausted.

Next day we were all up around 5am as we continued towards the Zimbabwe border, we crossed the border after a few hours...they were extremely strict and we had to fill out customs forms and everything! Eventually we arrived into Harare, a very modern city, the Zimbabweans are soooooo nice and friendly, the country is beautiful and so diverse.

After Harare we drove north towards the Zambian border and chilled out on a houseboat on Lake Kariba for 3 days, we did a game walk in the Matusadona National Park, but diddnt really see any game only a couple of Buffaloes.

We stayed in a camp on Lake Kariba the night before and after the houseboat, we had an elephant wander into the camp, drink from the pool, pick up our rubbish and eat it from the dustbin bags! It was sooo funny, it was actually higher than the canopied area which we were all sitting in!

We spent another night in Harare, before travelling on to the town of Gweru and stayed in a very posh private game reserve called Antelope Park. It was beautiful, we would sit in the dining area drinking complimentary coffee (!!!) and walking down by the lake would be a couple of elephants!
We chose on our 2nd day to cub view, this involved going into the pen with 3 lion cubs...which were absolutly gorgeous...and holding them and playing with them for about half an hour, one loved Matts legs and wouldnt stop licking his thigh and knee!
Antelope Park rehabilitates and breeds lions to go back into the wild, so these animals are still wild and it was not like a zoo in anyway...which was great.

On our third day we walked with the lions for an hour and a half, We couldnt even begin to describe the feeling of walking through the game reserve with 3 huge lions at your side...they were stunners...again, sooooo cute. So we decided to get a pet lion cub when we get home...!!

After all the fun of Antelope Park we travelled to Zimbabwes 2nd city Bulawayo...beautiful clean city, we stopped here for a day and a half, did a game drive in the Matapos National Park which was simply amazing....I stood only about 3 metres away from a mummy, daddy and baby Rhino...the only 1 of the "big 5" we hadnt seen in Africa and now we have seen all! They were White Rhino and were so beautiful.

We took the overnight train (it usually runs on Fridays for the weekend and this day they had enough fuel for it - what a sad state of affairs) from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls Town is as expected quite tacky and touristy, however the falls and the Zambezi river are not, last night we drank a bit too much when we went out onto the Zambezi on a Sundowners cruise and saw hippos.
When we arrived yesterday we had a presentation by one of the many rafting and adrenaline companies, Matt decided there and then that he wanted to throw himself 111metres off of Victoria Falls Bridge, so off we went after me chickening out and deciding that I shall abseil down the gorge and throw myself across on the gorge swing...mmm we shall see! We walked across the border and towards the Zambian side where Matt did his bungi jump...I was terrified walking across the bridge it was so high and when he decided to jump I had to close my eyes as he fell towards the gorge! He is offically mad!

We have a fab DVD of it for all to look forward too back home....!!

So, we are here until Wednesday when we leave and travel across to Botswana, in the mean time we shall visit the Falls National Park, Take part in Adrenaline day, and maybe take the famous flight of the angels across the falls by either microlight or helicopter.

Love hugs and kisses

Ali and Matt
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