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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Johannesburg
Polokwane
Musina
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Livingstone
Kwekwe
Mutare
Lydenburg
Vryburg
Kang
Maun
Zeerust
Johannesburg
Beitbridge
Victoria Falls
Binga
Gokwe
Great Zimbabwe
Komatipoort
Graskop
Blyde River Canyon
Ohrigstad
Pilgrimsrest
Kimberley
Mahikeng
Letlhakane
Gaborone
Soweto

Livingstone (Zambia)

 

25th of April 2017
Fantastic breakfast... Movie scenes I had always dreamed of living!!!

We woke up very early in the morning, so as to see the waterhole and to get a glimpse of the amazing colours in the sky during sunrise. We took a bath (the water wasn’t very hot I must say) and then we went for breakfast. 



The campfire, prepared earlier on, was creating a fantastic atmosphere and the amazing forest of Teak and Mopani trees which was surrounding our lodge was bringing to my mind moments that I had always wanted to live... Scenery that was reminding me of Kenya, actually…
After all, there are so many people who have seen “Out of Africa”… It is so easy to connect this extraordinary experience with it… 

Our breakfast was superb: yoghurt, cereal, fresh juice, freshly toasted bread and also a really inspired hamburger with potato croquettes, (instead of bread), bacon, grilled tomato and fried egg.

After having enjoyed our breakfast we left the lodge and started our journey driving in parallel with the dried bed of the river «Dete Vlei», one more time. We arrived at  Hwange Safari Lodge and from there we took the Α8, continuing towards  Victoria Falls.


Lucky encounter!!!

On the way, we were stopped by 4 young men, who were dressed in police uniforms. The three of them asked us to give them a lift till Victoria Falls.

We told them that we would leave them at the airport, where we were going to stop and ask which would be the best way for going to Livingstone, Zambia, since we didn’t know whether we should go by rental car or by taxi.

We were quite lucky with it, I must say. We met a Hertz Company clerk, Shem Tose, who found us a safe parking for our car and a taxi to take us to the border. 

We covered the border crossing in 3 routes, (each one lasting only a few minutes). Cost: 10$ per route.
 

Magic flight!!!

We arrived at our hotel, The Victoria Falls Waterfront and took our room. It had a nice veranda with views to Zambezi River, next to the jetty with the cruised boats for river activities.  



 

While arrangements for our afternoon flight with microlights, were made at the reception, we enjoyed a nice cold Castle Beer at the terrace of our hotel, with lovely views to the river. 

At 16:30 we met with Alex Nzobokela, the driver who was going to take us to the Batoka Sky Tours, two to three km away from the hotel.

We were welcomed by Tracy Mugololo, who gave us some information about the flight. After having paid, we decided who of us would take videos and who would take photos, during the flight, and then we got ready for our fascinating activity.  



I, first, introduced myself to my pilot, Mr. Heiko Held, I was helped to put on my headphones, helmet and seat belt (safety belt) and before realizing it, we… took off!

As if in a dream, I remember watching from far away the steaming cloud approaching, until I could see right below me the waterfalls.

What a magical experience, really! What an amazing sense of freedom!

And all those amazing things were happening within a breathing distance from one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole world…

I felt a bit like David Livingstone… As if it was me who was discovering for first time this miracle in the heart of Africa…



When we returned, after an amazing landing I must say, I tried to find Christos and they told me that he had just taken off with his pilot, Mr. Andre Boshoff. They would be back very soon.

We exchanged compliments with Tracy for our hairstyles and after purchasing the images that the wing-mounted digital cameras had taken during our flights, we went to meet Alex, our driver, who was going to return us back to our hotel.  


The Royal Livingstone and Mosi-o-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”.

On the way back, I asked Alex which one would be the best view point so as to enjoy the sunset and I took the answer that I already knew. The best view point was the viewing platform of the hotel The Royal Livingstone, at the Zambezi River, very near the waterfalls.  

So, I asked again how could we go there and Alex offered to take us to the place himself and, moreover, to return later on and pick us up again, so as to return us to the hotel.

We would be fools not to accept such a great offer.

So, we found ourselves on a magical platform, with great views to the waterfalls and at a safety distance too, so as to be able to see the misty cloud rising above us, but not to feel it on our skin.

The name that the locals have given to the waterfalls couldn’t be more accurate…
Mosi-oa-Tunya: the “smoke that thunders”.



At some point, two zebras which were feeding on the grass of the hotel, created an alarming situation among the tourists. And then, naturally so, cameras and smiles started flashing everywhere…



We enjoyed our drinks, Christos his beer and I a glass of white wine, while the African sun was dipping into the river, painting the horizon with pink and red colours in all the possible shades. 



The last touch to this amazing and magical day were the wonderful paintings we saw at the lobby of the Royal Livingstone Hotel, just before we left, along with the Greek Pizza, which we tried and approved of, at the restaurant of our hotel, later on.

With all our senses satisfied and filled up with amazing experiences, we enjoyed a good night’s sleep, while the hoarse, distant singing of hundreds of frogs was lulling us softly. 

 

 

 

Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 54.960.000
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