Johannesburg, South Africa
September 11, 2003
We went to look at the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side and from the Zambian side. Six of the seven waterfalls are on the Zimbabwe side--if you only had one day to spend at the falls, I would suggest that you spend it there. We paid R100 entry fee for adults and half price for children. This is a regional price for Africans, overseas visitors paid $30US. The falls are 1.7 km wide and at some places 93m high. The views and mere size is indescribable.
When each of us chose our favourite excursion (excluding the Victoria Falls), my husband, mother, and I all chose the daytrip into Botswana. We were picked up from our chalet at 7:30am. After a 70 km drive we entered Botswana at Kazunkulu border post. At Kasane we boarded a boat on the Chobe River. My family had the boat all to ourselves. Where the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet, four countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana) border each other. This is one of only two places in the world where this happens.
The cruise on the Chobe would count under the top five experiences of my life! This must be what paradise was like. It is untamed wilderness. On the cruise, we saw two herds of buffalo, three herds of elephant, three herds of hippos, a crocodile...everything at the same time. It was the first time that I saw four Fish Eagles in the same tree. They threw their heads back, and gave the call of Africa, the call of the wild. Two elephant bulls swam through the river next to our boat. At some places the river was so deep that they were submerged, except for the tips of their trunks sticking out. We had a lovely lunch at Elephant Valley Lodge the afternoon we traded a safari in a 4x4 for another trip on the Chobe. The R623 we paid per adult (half price for children) included transport, snacks, and drinks. It was worth every cent!
My daughter Anne-Rita’s (9) first choice was the African Elephant back safari. She had the opportunity to meet Rustas, a baby elephant. My son Lambert (11) chose the Jet Extreme. They cruised at speeds of 90 miles an hour in a jet boat while skimming past rocks, doing 360-degree turns, and going over rapids.
At the time of our visit the water levels were very high and it was too dangerous to river raft. I want to go back to do this. Next time I also want to bungee jump.
From journal Lokhuthula Lodge - Vic Falls