For the first week of Christmas break we headed to Zambia for a week long trip to Victoria Falls. We stayed on the Zambia side, but got to visit Zimbabwe and Botswana on our trip as well. We stayed at the Zambezi Sun, a sister hotel of The Royal Livingstone, but that was much more child friendly. There were zebras everywhere, and we were actually in the national park for the Falls, so we didn’t have to pay entrance fees for the Zambia side, which was nice, we entered several times and did a couple different hikes while we were there. We were just so happy to be on “holiday!”
The first full day we were in Zambia we headed into the park and explored the main hiking path. On our way out to the Falls area we saw the zebras that had been eating outside our hotel windows. The first set of windows of that building were our rooms… the girls were thrilled about the many, many zebras that were on site.
We entered the park and were greeted by SO MANY baboons everywhere… it was cool and a little scary, we felt like at any minute they may just go all “Planet of the Apes” on us.
We walked 2 different paths on our first day. The first walk took us out towards the bridge that crosses over into Zimbabwe, and we were accosted by men trying to convince us to bungee jump off the bridge, I didn’t let Jeff entertain that thought for very long, I’m such a killjoy!
Then we walked the path that let us see all the falls on the Zambia side. 90% of Victoria Falls is on the Zambia side, with 10% lying in Zimbabwe. We were there during low season, which is how, later, we were able to visit Devil’s Pool on Livingstone Island, but we found the Falls to be very impressive anyways.
That afternoon we headed to the crocodile park. When there are crocodiles in the area that cause problems or are out of their home area they are caught and brought to this rescue place. Some of these guys were HUGE- seen in the photo where our guide is SITTING on top of one of them. The next set of pics you can see the sequence of the crocodiles coming out of the water when they heard our voice. Apparently they are attracted to noise, so with the girls and the guide talking, they just started walking right towards us (you can see Vi’s wary face in that shot of her with Jeff and Sophie). It was crazy. We also saw Godzilla, the most aggressive male in the park. The guide poked him with a stick and he just jumped right out of the water (they angle the sides of the pools so he can’t get fully out in one jump, but still) it was crazy! We also had booked the park tour this day so we could see feeding time. Where they just throw bunches of raw meat at the group of crocs and they fight over who gets it.
The next area was the snake area. The girls got to pet the baby crocodiles, though Hattie wanted little to do with that activity! Then we saw a huge bunch of different snakes, cobras, pythons and, of course, the black mamba, they had 2. Crazy nuts!
The last stop of the day was to the Royal Livingston. We headed out to their deck to see the sunset over the top of the Falls. You can see the slight mist coming off in the distance, that is where the Falls “fall.” It was gorgeous and beautiful (it rained most everyday at least a little, that is why the deck is wet), until Hattie dropped her shoe off the side of the deck. Luckily it landed in the mud. Unluckily for the bartender on duty that night, he had to go fish it out, as guests aren’t allowed near the waterside because of crocodile risk! Such a fun first day in Zambia!