September 30, 2003
We stayed here for our first few nights in Africa so we were rather uninitiated to African standards of cleanliness. However, after a few days of joining the realms of the great unwashed (and by that I mean our fellow travellers rather than the locals), you become used to the grime and dust which penetrates everything.
Whilst hygiene standards are somewhat different to those in the West, they were more or less adequate. Whilst most of our fellow travellers reported that their rooms and dorms were fresh and clean, we were accomodated in a member of staff's room which was a touch peeling around the edges and inhabited by some large cockroaches. However, as we quickly became assimilated, we tended not to notice such minor foibles.
Facilities at Shoestrings include a pool, lockers and a busy but not noisy bar. Frequently, the bar runs out of water but don't worry. There always seems to be an unlimited stock of local beer to keep you from getting parched.
From journal Vic Falls - Wonder of the World