Zimbabwe | Necessary Indulgences

Zimbabwe

John and I spent 10 days in South Africa and then flew from Port Elizabeth to Victoria Falls (via Jo’burg) on January 7th, 2011.

Victoria Falls Airport

We bought a 3-night Luxury Link package 11 months ahead of time at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge


Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Our room had an open staircase leading up to the bedroom and a sitting room overlooking Zambezi National Park.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

After unpacking, we went on a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Our Captain and Guide offered an endless supply of drinks and snacks.

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

We saw several birds and animals including hippos, crocodiles, and elephants.

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Here we are just cruising the Zambezi River with Zimbabwe on one side and Zambia on the other.

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Watching the sunset.

Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Surreal.

We were greeted back at the hotel with chilled champagne:

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

And the mosquito net unrolled over our bed.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

This brought back such wonderful memories of our time in Haiti.

The next morning, we went whitewater rafting.

Whitewater Rafting Zambezi River

Un. Be. Leivable!

Whitewater Rafting Zambezi River

At one point our guide, Costa, encouraged us to jump out of the raft and swim through a few of the easy rapids.

We casually floated on our backs and twirled inside swirling whirlpools.

In. The. Zambezi. River.

That whole experience was an unbelievable and amazing adventure!

Whitewater Rafting Zambezi River

Whitewater Rafting River

We ended our day at The Boma Restaurant where we ate our way through delicious Zimbabwean cuisine.

The Boma Restaurant

They dressed everyone in chitenges (traditional robes).

The Boma Restaurant

Of all the different food we tried, the warthog was our favorite.

Although, the Mopani Worm was a close second.

The Boma Restaurant

It’s a large edible caterpillar that is an important source of protein for millions of indigenous Southern Africans.

Amakwezi traditional dancers entertained us during dinner.

The Boma Restaurant

And storytellers and face-painters visited each table.

The Boma Restaurant

After dinner everyone was invited to play the drums.

The Boma Restaurant

The kids next to our table were really into it (but John was the biggest kid in the room).

Early the next day we went to the Lion Encounter.

Lion Encounter

The Lion Encounter operates the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program on behalf of ALERT, the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust.

Lion Encounter

Lion Encounter

Lion Encounter

You can read more about the stages of The Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program HERE.

Lion Encounter

Lion Encounter

Later that day, we walked the path along Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls

Being there was AWESOME and deserves more than a few sentences.

You can read all about our walk by The Falls and our helicopter ride over The Falls HERE.

Victoria Falls

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