baboon, Camp Nkwazi Lodge, Chacma baboon, David Livingstone, Livingstone, Mosi-oa-tunya, three-striped skink, Victoria Falls, village weaver, Zambezi, Zambezi River, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Thursday 7th March, afternoon. We only went a very little way into Zambia, near to the town of Livingstone, formerly capital of Northern Rhodesia. The big tourist attraction around there is the Victoria Falls. We went direct to them after lunch.
Here is a model of the Falls before the Zambian entrance. Note the footbridge, within the park, and the road bridge linking Zambia and Zimbabwe. As I learnt later, the model considerably minimises the sheer breadth of the Falls.
A more accurate representation would show, that there is much, much more of them to be seen from the Zimbabwean side. But they were impressive enough from Zambia.
A statue of the great explorer, sometime missionary, scientist and abolitionist, fascinating, stubborn and somewhat disorganised, David Livingstone greets you shortly after the gate. ‘He travelled the African interior to the north between 1852 and 1856, mapping almost the entire course of the Zambezi, and was the first European to see the Mosi-o-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) waterfall, which he called Victoria Falls after his monarch.’
I started wandering back.
Back at the entrance, Neil pointed out that it was possible to take a path to see the top of the Falls. On the way I saw this Western three-striped skink.
It was time to move on to nearby Camp Nkwazi Lodge, again on the banks of the Zambezi River, where we were to stay for our last two nights.
All our lodges over the fortnight had been very different from each other.
What an amazing experience. Excellent pictures and the video brought it to life for us.
Thank you Mary.
Mary has just said it all!
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I can only repeat what Susan has said about what Mary has said. What a trip you had.
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Alors là, je vous aurais bien accompagnés !! Beaucoup aimé (entre autres !) la photo du “first glimpse” et l’arc-en-ciel. Coïncidence, je suis en train de lire un roman sur le thème de l’eau. Une des légendes qui y est rapportée est que l’arc-en-ciel sert au ciel pour venir boire. Pas étonnant que les chutes soient immenses si elles doivent étancher la soif du ciel sous la canicule africaine !
La chambre en semi plein-air avait l’air très agréable. (Si pas de moustiques ?)
PS Le nom africain des chutes était quand même plus poétique, non ? 😉
I was not aware of mosquitoes at all throughout the trip, though I was taking anti-malarials, and applying a non-Deet spray in the evenings.. For the most part apparently the drought was too extensive for mosquitoes to thrive. Silver lining! Yes, the African name for the Falls is much prettier!