Thursday, September 20th
Today we visited Victoria Falls early in the morning because the high today was going to be 100 degrees! It was warm even leaving at 7:30 AM. Our hotel was located close to the falls so it didn’t take long to get there.
Victoria Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. David Livingstone didn’t discover the falls but he spread the word to others in the Western world and he named the falls Victoria after Queen Victoria.
The picture below shows the orange path we walked as we viewed the falls. Our walk around the various gorges and stops was over 2 miles.
The “thunder” of the falls was incredible and the spray reached us in many places from across the gorge. The power was incredible.
Employees were using these tree branch brooms to sweep the walkways.
Below is the Victoria Falls Bridge that crosses over the Zambezi River and is built over the second gorge of the falls. The border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is on the bridge.
When we were looking at the bridge these Vervet monkeys were playing!
Warthogs were wondering around the area.
When we left Victoria Falls we stopped to see “The Big Tree”. It is a Baobab tree that is thought to be between 1,000- 1,500 years old. It is believed to be the largest in Zimbabwe.
The Big Tree is about 75 feet tall and its circumference about 59 feet. Duncan, our guide, opened a fruit from the baobab. We could try the fruit. It tasted chalky and was dry.
After our stop here to see the Big Tree, we were dropped back at our hotel. We had a few hours of free time and some people went to visit the market in town.
Later this afternoon and into the early evening, we went on a game drive with Stanley & Livingstone Safaris and Experiences. We were really hoping to see the black rhino because we missed them in Kruger National Park. Below is our driver and the jeep we were riding in as we explored the area!
The first animals we saw were giraffes eating.
We saw many impalas here.
We finally got a view of our first black rhinoceros! Our jeep was very excited!
Quite a few baboons were hanging out by a water hole.
A couple of water bucks were nearby.
Look closely below and you can see a sable antelope.
As the sun was getting close to setting we came upon a 2 1/2 year old female rhino and as we were observing her, up walked her mother with her 2 week old male! They were fun to watch and photograph!
We watched a hippo go from the land into the river.
We stopped by the water to have a sunset toast and hor d’oeuvres!
It was a beautiful sunset!
After our cocktails, it was dark as we traveled back to the entrance. Our driver drove with a red light which was the only light around! You can see below how dark it was as we spotted some water buffalo. No other lights were around.
It was quite an experience!