Victoria Falls, Livingstone
20th August 2014
The road to Livingstone was a road of two halves - the first half so potholed that John often had to stop and plan his route through or round the potholes and on many occasions the pothole was the full width of the road and there was no sign of any tar ! The second section of the road was smooth and fast. We had yet to see a sign post in Zambia and in fact immediately after we had entered the country we initially drove at least 10 Km's in the wrong direction.
We arrived at our campsite with some considerable concern, having again been rejected by every bank in town. We had just about enough cash to get us back into Namibia. My first question was would they accept my credit card. It was with great relief that they would. Decided we would spend a few days there, booking excursions through the campsite and eating in their restaurant.
We explained our predicament to the girl on reception. Fortunately the manager was near by and overheard. He told us to call into his office next morning.
So next morning we went to the managers office and it was with huge relief when he cashed us a cheque for US$1000.
We have spent a number of days in Livingstone. The Victoria Falls are absolutely amazing and even in the dry season they are incredible. We will view them from the Zambian side later in the week. Monday we took an evening cruise on the Zambezi River and were lucky enough to see a number of hippopotamus as well as crocodiles and elephant. Tomorrow we have splashed out on an evening steam train ride through the National Park, included is a five course meal. So for a few days we are being proper tourists. We ended up staying 6 nights at Livingstone. It was a really relaxing time. After our train ride which went halfway across the Victoria Falls bridge- a marvellous experience, we also crossed into Zimbabwe and viewed the falls from that side too. Our final adventure was a game walk and we saw a whole group of white rhinoceros at very close quarters as well as buffalo, elephant including a very angry bull, wildebeest and warthog.
Before leaving, we went back to see the manager and he cashed us another cheque for US$500. As long as we're not robbed we can now continue our travels in confidence.
23rd August 2014
For the past two days we have been heading further into Zambia. We are now north of Lusaka and heading up the great north road towards Tanzania. The drive has been interesting and viewing the villagers way of life was fascinating. Lusaka though was a nightmare - straight through the middle in very heavy traffic - it took two hours! They don't do by-passes here! The roads have been better than we expected but there are many, many speed humps and road checks.
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