Millionaires

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
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Trip End Apr 27, 2008


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

After three weeks of travelling North, we've finally reached our destination in Africa - Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Before I start, we've been told by our tour leader not to talk about the political or economic situation out here at all, so I won't go into it now. Needless to say, we became instant millionnaires when we crossed the border into Zim.

I last wrote on here from Maun, just after coming out of the Okavango Delta. From there, we headed up North to Chobe National Park. It was our longest drive yet, at just over 600km, but along the way we saw loads of elephants along the roadside. Most of the time they would just ignore us, but occasionally they'd give us a sharp stare, and a few even charged at the truck.

Chobe made up for our other game drives as, in addition to seeing lots of elephants (Chobe has 120,000 of them!), we saw plenty of other game. In the first few minutes, our 4x4 was driving through a deep pool when a hippo ran out from under the water, just a few metres away from our truck. We then drove down to the river and saw a pride of four lions. After watching the lions for a few minutes, who were completely unfazed by us being there, the lions began to stalk an impala on the river bank. We though we were going to see a kill but just as the lions started to run, the impala saw them and managed to get away.

We also saw hundreds of baboons along the way and even saw a pair of jackals attempting to kill a baby impala. One jackal was distracting the mum while the other chased away the baby.

That evening we went on a sunset river cruise along the Chobe river. Two male elephants were playfighting by the riverbank and we managed to get really close - within 10minutes of these elephants who were playing in the water. We sat there for over 20minutes watching them before continuing with the cruise where we saw more crocs and hippos.

Then, after two nights in Chobe, we took a short hour drive across the border from Botswana into Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls is a small tourist town which thrives on the tourist industry created by Vic Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the World. It's small and probably doesn't give a real indication of what Zimbabwe is really like. However, the locals are the nicest that we've encountered anywhere in Africa and there is a real backpacker presence.

Vic Falls is also the adrenaline centre and a few hours after arriving, a few of us took the 20minute walk down to the bridge to try out the area's most frightening attraction. Vic Falls Bungee Jump is the 3rd highest bungee in the World, where you freefall for 4 seconds, head first towards to roaring Zambezi River which lies 111m below. We paid the money and got harnessed up and eventually it got to my go. Obviously I wasn't scared...

The whole thing happened really quickly, which was probably for the best. Before I knew it, the bungee cord was tied around my legs and I was standing on the ledge. I had planned to not look down, but as soon as I got there I took a look at the river below. It's a long way down. Then the countdown started...

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. my heart was racing... 1..

And I jumped

The freefall was incredible and it just felt like I was falling forever. Eventually the bungee kicked in and I was racing up and down between the river and the bridge. It was the most exhilirating thing that i've ever done . As I was hanging around, waiting to be pulled up, I thought "never again", but by the time I was back on the bridge I has a change of heart and was already planning my next jump.

Tomorrow I'm going white water rafting and then on Monday we fly out to Australia.

I hope you enjoy the photos I've managed to put up which show a couple of places that we've been to over the past few weeks.

I've also put my bungee jump video on Youtube, to prove I did it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgM2Iz8nPS0
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