Zambia

Trip Start Jun 24, 2007
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Trip End Nov 22, 2007


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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hello All,

Still doing well. I was in Zanzibar last time I wrote. My group made our way down to Malawi and spent 5 nights on the shores of Lake Malawi at two different campsites. The lake is beautiful and very clean. I took a tour of some of the local villages and hiked a waterfall. Then I spent a couple of days relaxing on the beach. I went horseback riding one morning and they let us take the horses into the water and swim with them. Its not as dangerous as it sounds. Other than that, I dared to swim in the water again and played a lot of volleyball on the beach.
Then we made our way down to Livingstone, Zambia. It was a couple of really long driving days but seeing Victoria Falls is worth it. The falls are amazing!!! Niagra Falls doesn't come close to Victoria Falls. I would describe it but just look at the pictures. Also Livingstone is an extreme sports lovers paradise. They have anything you want to do...unfortunately I don't have enough time to do it all. So the first day I went white water rafting down the Zambezi River. It has all class 4 and 5 rapids...for those of you who don't know rafting, these are big. I have been rafting before but I have never seen anything like this. I have never rafted a river that had a command called "GET DOWN!". That basically ment crawl in the bottom of your boat and hold on for your life. We did a half day rafting trip that ran through 9 sets of rapids. My boat flipped over on 3 of the rapids (oh and I managed to fall in on my own another time). There was a point in time where I really thought I was going to die. The last time we flipped I got stuck under the raft. It was an adrenaline rush but I think I will go back to minor rafting! After that adventure I decided to test my luck with the high extreme sports. I took a ride in a microlite (basically it looks like a flying lawn mower) over Victoria Falls. That was really cool. The pilot also let me fly:) After landing, I went to the bridge over the Victoria Falls gorge and signed up for the bungi combo. This gives you a bungi jump, gorge swing, and zip line off the bridge. The bungi is 111 meters (that is roughly 360 feet). I looked down and almost turned around...but I ended up jumping. It was awesome! The next thing was the gorge swing. Basically the same jump but you are connected to a point in the middle of the gorge so when the rope catches you swing back and forth across the gorge. That was scarier than the bungi but the swinging was cool. The last was the zip line...this was a relaxing way to end the day. This also ends my safari adventure. Well must go because I have a flight to Capetown very soon. Hope everyone is doing well.

Danielle
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globe_trekker
globe_trekker on

Awesome post....
Hey, my first comment on your blog and I must say your description has forced me to write an immediate reply. It must really be as fabulous as you describe it. I could say I'm jealous (in a good way) :) have fun on your further travels... hope to meet you in Peru in Nov.

nwilliamsuga
nwilliamsuga on

Be Safe!!!
Wow this sounds great! These adventures are amazing but please do not kill yourself. I want you to come back in one piece. That raft trip did not sound good.

mcsquirkle
mcsquirkle on

What.....no photos?
Wow,
Your description of Extreme Sport activities is awesome. Would be great to see photos of these things - particularly of you swinging across the gorge!

nrpence
nrpence on

We should have come with!
Hey woman, we are moving to Savannah just to let you know. But anyways, it sounds like you two are having an icredible time! I can't wait to see pictures and here stories. I am glad the river didn't suck you under and you made it out safe and sound. Tell Greg hello and hope all is well. BTW, I gave Jessie Baker your travel blog info so you may be hearing from her very soon. Miss you and talk to you later. Natalie

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