Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Victoria Falls

Oh, was the Air Con wonderful last night! We slept well!  The best we have slept since we left the hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi. 

At 9:00am a taxi arrived to take us to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The taxi dropped us at the Zambian immigration office, and he gave us a phone so we could contact him for our return ride.  After stamping our passports, we had to walk down the road, across the bridge over the Zambezi River, and continue on to the Zimbabwe immigration office where we bought a multi-entry Uni-visa for $50 each, so we could re-enter Zambia.  They had not told us at the Mfuwe airport about the Uni-visa, so now we have two Zambian visas in our passports – one a single entry and one a multi-entry.  We continued walking a short distance to the entrance to the Victoria Falls National Park. Park entrance was $30 USD per person.  Once inside we walked to the David Livingston statue, where he is over-looking the Falls.  Apparently he is the first White European to see the Falls, and he was the one who named it after Queen Victoria of England. 
The Boiling Pot - Hiked down there in 2010 - Not This Year - Too Hot

The Main Falls

Statue of David Livingstone

The Cataract Falls

A Flower along the Trail

The Main Falls

Our Hiking Trail
From there we followed the path opposite the Falls.  We felt a slight mist at times until we reached the Main Falls.  Across from the Main Falls there was a heavy mist.  The area is like a Rain Forest due to the mist.  But the misty area was very short.  It is unbelievable how little water is going over the Falls.  The river is simply very low.

We could see people across the gorge on Livingston Island which is located on the Zambian side.  5 years ago we had gone on a boat to Livingston Island in the middle of the Zambezi River where we had High Tea, after walking to the edge of the Falls.  Those who want, can swim to the Devil’s Pool located on the edge of the Falls.  It was interesting to watch people do what we did 5 year ago.

People on the Falls on the Zambian Side - Were there in 2010

Further down the Gorge from the Main Falls, there is absolutely no water coming over the Falls.  The lack of water was extremely evident at the Falls today.  For those people who walk to see the falls on the Zambian side there is only the falls in the distance, nothing to seen near you.
We retraced our steps back to Zambia, called the taxi and returned to the Green Tree Lodge ready to jump into the pool.  We were hot again!!, but we knew we had AC in our chalet that would cool us down.
The Dry Zambian side on left Down the Cavern
Zambia on Right - Zimbabwe on Left

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