From Cape Town to Vic Falls in the African heat (part 3 of 3)

delta

We are now getting closer to the end of our journey. The final destination of this three-week trip was Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and I’ll soon describe what I think about this world heritage site. This journey started in South Africa, we went through Namibia and I’ll soon describe rest of the trip. Have you missed the beginning, just go back two posts.

After Etosha National Park it was time to see one more city. We visited Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It was just a city and we wanted to see nature, so we didn’t spend so much time there. Why should we. We visited a restaurant though and had some pretty good meat. Maybe it was a typical touristic place and nothing to brag about, but it was still tasty and felt good.

Flat tire

Flat tire in the middle of nowhere.

From Namibia we went on to Botswana. We got flat tire twice, so it was good that we were to meet another of Nomad’s trucks in a camping site in Maun in Botswana. But first we slept in a camp were we met some local bushmen that talked with click-sounds.That night we got to sleep in traditional huts. These looked like giant hair balls.

bushmen

Local bushmen

Hut

Traditional bushmen hut

We visited another town, Maun in Botswana. The heat here was intense and we hid in the shade to avoid the worst part of it. The next day we were going to go to Okavango delta and as a quick preview we got to fly a small plane from Maun and see the delta from above. We saw the delta and its animals. That was soooo cool! We were happy like children in a candy store. We saw elephants and hippos and giraffes.

Okavango delta from above

elephant from above

An elephant in Okavango from above

The next stop was Okavango delta, where we were transported by mokoros, traditional wooden canoes. We saw some animals and met locals in the delta. During the night you could hear elephants pretty close by our camp.

mokoras on okanango

Going by mokoros in Okavango delta

We also wandered in the bush, saw zebras and wildersbeast and hippo-tracks. Our guides told us that the different animals act differently in the wild and there are different ways to protect yourself, depending on which one you meet. If you meet an elephant: run for youe life. The best is to run in zig-zag more than 40 km an hour. About the same with buffalo. If you meet an lion, just stand still. Don’t move, don’t breathe, don’t blink. Just stand still. In lions world the first who runs loses, so as long as you stand still, the lion does that as well. And now we come to the question I just had to ask: What happens if I meet an elephant and a lion at the same time? Our guide just shook his head and gave me an answer: say a prayer.

zebras

Zebras in the wild

bufallo skull

Bufallo skull

Water lilly

Water lilly

After the delta we stayed in Planet Baobab camp, surrounded by huge baobab trees. Once again, the feeling on being on another planet was there. That evening was the most scary on the whole trip. Not one, but three thunder storms were around us, coming from three different direction and meeting above our heads. The sky was black, the rain poured down and every few seconds the world light up with terrible sound of thunder. I slept like a baby when the thunder and the rain stopped.

baobab

A small baobab tree

As the last place in Botswana we visited Chobe National Park, where we saw a lot of hippos, birds and impala and saw a lioness staring at some scared antilopes. The antilopes stared right back and barked in warning. I remember what the guide from Okavango told us: the one who starts running loses. It would be nice to see a catch.

Elephant

An elephant in Chobe

lioness and impala

Lioness staring at its victim

In the evening we went on a cruise on the Chobe river seeing even more birds, hippos, bufallos, crocodiles and bathing elephants. With the boat it was possible to get quite close to the animals.

elephants

Elephants in Chobe river

Hippos

Playing hippos in Chobe river

African eagle

African Eagle

And finally it was time for going to Zimbabwe. We came to the town of Victoria Falls and eve if the waterfalls was far away and not in sight, you could still hear it. It was such an amazing place. The Zambezi river drops down, creating the almost 2 km long waterfall. It is 100 meters deep in the deepest point. The amount of water is enormous. Small water drops are flying everywhere and it’s impossible to know if the water comes from the sky or if it’s bouncing from the waterfall or both.

Victoria Falls

Magnificent Victoria Falls

We wandered around the parks surrounding the waterfalls, amazed at the site. This was the top of the trip. How will it be possible to find a better trip, a better place?

After the waterfalls we went to a nearby animal rescue center, where abandoned lions are taken care of and their cubs are reintroduced back to the wild. That work seems important. We walked with the lions. That felt very special.

lions

Young brother and sister lions

On the second day  In the morning we visited an elephant center and rode on elephants. Even that was very special.

Monika and elephant

Ranger, Monika and elephant

In the afternoon we took a helicopter ride to see the falls from the sky. It was even more amazing and cool. The best thing I’ve ever done. So far.

Victoria Falls

The great Victoria Falls from e helicopter

And now the trip was over. We were overwhelmed, happy and sad to leave this wonderful place, stinky and dirty and not wanting to go home. We had a dinner the last evening, said goodbye to our guides and to each other. It was special. The whole trip, every day was special. A person I met said: If you haven’t seen Victoria Falls, You haven’t seen Africa. I think he was right.

I want to return to this amazing site! It’s been a world heritage site since 1989. Haven’t you been here, it’s a must. That trip is not possible to describe accurately. There were so many feeling, tears of joy and feeling of our smallness and the perfectness of nature. It’s just too bad that not all people realize it.

My grade: five out of five, no doubt.

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The link to the site: Victoria Falls.

Returning home to ice and snow and chilly winds in January was not fun at all.

//Monika

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2 thoughts on “From Cape Town to Vic Falls in the African heat (part 3 of 3)

  1. Reblogged this on Nomad Africa Adventure Tours and commented:
    Part 3 of Monika Grabowska’s Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour… enjoy!

  2. […] 2011. I’ve written about it in three -part story in following posts: part one, part two, part three. This part is only about Namibia, its desert, its sands, its sea, its wonderful nature and its […]

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