Zambia Water Front

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
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Trip End Sep 04, 2007


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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Reaching almost the end of the tour now. Well the first part anyway. We are staying at Livingstone for 2 nights and three days. Some of us are staying on for the next tour and some of us are heading back to our homes. Here you can do all sorts of activities, from Lion walk to Bungee Jump. The campsite is by far the most modern one and westernized one we have been to so far. It has everything. On the way to the campsite we stopped at Victoria falls and spent about an hour there. It was quite spectacular. On the way back at the campsite, we stopped by at the bar and were briefed on the different activities that goes on here. Larrissa and I signed up for Bungee! We were talking about it the whole trip, so I guess this was the moment of truth. We decided to do a tandem one. You are attached together from the waist. You still are connected to the ropes from the ankle. But as you go down, you hold on to each other from behind, holding the harness that goes on your back.

It was a lot of fun. The price for a one person jump was 90USD. The jump takes place over the falls, facing away from the falls. With two people the price is 130 for two. But remember that your weight together should not exceed 140kgs. Something which we found out much later in the day, as we were about to go and do it. And lucky for us, we both weighed exactly the same!

There is a sensation of freedom, mixture of feelings from being scared to being happy and excited and then getting nervous again! As I got to the bridge I could feel my heart jumping out of my body and Larrissa looked so calm. As soon as we started getting kited up, I felt a little bit more relaxed and Larrissa started getting nervous. This switching of our feelings continued throughout the whole procedure. As you get ready, they explain the jump to you and at that moment, you can see them talk, and you can see their lips move, but the sounds are covered by your fear of jumping. I can't describe it to you. You get to the edge of the platform and they count down, 5,4,3,2,1 Bunjee. And you are off! With the loudest scream ever! :) It feels like you are stationary and the whole place is rotating around you. There is this magnificent release of endorphins and adrenaline rush, which I can understand why sometimes some people have a heart attack as they do it! The last incident of that was 15 years ago by the way! :)

We didn't spin much which was a good thing, and the whole thing must have taken about 10 seconds. You are pulled up and down because of the springs and eventually they come to get you, in a space of what seems to be forever. It is only a few seconds when you watch from the top. Larrissa and I were suppose to go again and do solo ones, but she didn't feel like it and I wasn't feeling brave enough to do it on my own. We headed back to the campsite. But I returned the next day and did a Solo one! I am very proud of myself! and I can say that my fear of heights has gone down a little bit, but I guess I will know next time I walk over a tall bridge! :)

The next day Steve and I went over to Zimbabwe after the jump to have a day out in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately for us British is costs 55 USD to cross the border, whereas it is usually 35 USD. We met up with a few of the others and had lunch at one of the game restaurants where they serve game meat. It was OK. But a little bit expensive for what it was. We had Warhog and Impala.

On the way back to the border and Zambia, we got a lift on the back of the truck from the same company the guys did their Lion Walk, which by the way was great apparently and the photos look amazing. Sitting at the back of the truck, Kasey again said to me, she feels naughty for sitting at the back of the truck! :)
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