Devils Pool and a Loo with a View

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
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Trip End May 01, 2013


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Left the camp at 8.30am bound for The Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambian side of the border for the Devil's Pool adventure. Crossed the Zim/Zam border in the absolutely soaring heat after trekking across 'No Man's Land' between the two countries with touts trying to sell us kitsch curios.
 
We reached the 3* Falls Hotel, our meeting point for the others in our activity group and also for the shuttle service to the 5* Royal Livingstone. The girls we met were supposed to have gone micro lighting early this morning but weather was not on their side and winds had prevented the flights going ahead, they were gutted.

We marvelled at the Falls Hotel (stark contrast to the scruffy bohemia of Shoestrings) but nothing could have prepared us for the The Royal Livingstone; suited and booted colonial style African footmen opened our 'carriages' at the entrance, the grand central reception flowing directly through to vast expanse of landscaped gardens out back that overlooked the Zambezi river and Livingstone Island, luxurious to the last detail.

We met our guides and got a boat over to Livingstone Island (literally a piece of land found at the very edge of the falls). Disembarking the boat we began our walk, past the 'Loo With A View' to the rocks that are the last place you leave your dry clothes on land and head from this point across the river to the rocks were you jump into Devil's Pool (the rock formation that sits at the precarious edge of Victoria Falls' most dangerous flow of water).

Having had a photo opportunity, with a double rainbow, and the gorge far below, we jumped into the water just feet away from a 100m drop into the 'Mists That Thunder'. Squealing as little fish nibbled at our feet, we ensured we didn't venture into the adjacent 'danger zone' to the right. More photo's; hanging over the edge of the Falls whilst semi-attentive guides held you by your ankles (health & safety). We took it in turns to freak ourselves out for photographs and then called it a day, heading back to dry clothes for a change and marquee serviced brunch.

Eggs benedict, hot coffee and cold juice (nah warm coffee and warm juice but one can dream), it was all very civilised, if not a tiny bit rushed for the next tourists....
 
Back at The Royal Livingstone we ordered a Cosmopolitan and a Bloody Mary and basked in the ambience of the bar with its large gilt mirrors, piano and newspapers from around the world.

Back across in Zimbabwe we became trillionaires after buying a trillion dollar note from a street seller for $2 and then realising it was a counterfeit bank note, never mind! With the heat almost debilitating we bought neon blue slushies from a shop and gave ourselves more brain freeze!

Finally home to Shoestrings, we took full advantage of the Happy Hour and then had a goodbye drink with Paul and Lucinda who are leaving the trip for SE Asia tomorrow. Booze. chat, Vikki and Pete's emu wars!

Disrupted sleep until 4am....joy!
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annewardell
annewardell on

Just when we thought it couldn't get any scarier!!! Is this what they mean by 'living life on the edge', darling?! Glad to see from photos that you both (appear) to have all your limbs and vital organs intact....

Love you millions! love Mum xxxxxxx

Sue on

Cor blimey, that looks scary but excellent at the same time. Fantastic photos and loving the blogs. Thanks for letting us join in your adventures, from the comfort of our homes...or in my case, our car, stuck in a traffic jam in the miserable November misty dark on the M5 heading oop north...

Chris on

Looks out of this world sis!! I nearly threw up laughing when I saw the picture of Viki posing at the waterfall! Epic picture! Hope you are both having the time of your life, but dont forget to be looking out for the best present in the world for your your best brother in the world! LOVE YOU!! x

scouski
scouski on

Right Chris I'm fumin.....you mean you didn't appreciate the kiss blowing pose?I thought it'd be rude not to share my talents with the blogging world. Paula and I spent at least 5 minutes tucking our bellies into the rocks : )

Looking forward to being the second brownest person at your wedding ...Vikki x

scouski
scouski on

Wow, and I was expecting you to refer to me as Jabba the Hut, Buzzy Bee! Of course we are searching for the best present - this is the whole motivation for our trip! Hope all the preparations are going well bro - Love you loads.xxxxxx P.S You should have seen some of the photos we binned if you thought that pose was funny!

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