on August 23, 2000
Our first night in Vic Falls we opted for what is called a Booze Cruise. A sunset boat tour of the Zambezi above the Falls, short stops at the various islands that dot the river to look for wildlife, all accompanied with hors d'oeuvres and your drink of choice. The four of us had a small boat to ourselves, complete with pilot and waiter, though the waiter had little enough to do. Once we were underway, the scenery and the animals were so fascinating, food and drink was quickly forgotten.
Our first hippo wasn't overly friendly. In fact, with a wide yawn, he suggested we disappear, then vanished under the water. We took his suggestion to heart (hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal) and went looking for tamer creatures. We found a monitor lizard resting on a tree trunk and a young crocodile who'd dragged himself onto a sandbank for a late afternoon nap. The birds were everywhere, adding their white and black and scarlet and turquoise colors to the splendor of the setting.
Gliding from island to island, we were never out of earshot of the roaring water as it dropped off the earth only half a mile away. It was hard to believe the Falls were so close since the water under our boat was as smooth as glass. As the sun sank in the west, a huge orange ball of fire about to be extinguished by the Zambezi, we finally settled into our deck chairs and toasted the sunset with a glass of wine before heading back to shore.
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