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Zooming through Zambia

We left the country under cover of darkness!!!

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Due to extensive rain during my time in Malawi a bridge was washed away and we had to stay longer in Malawi and then Zambia became an epic drive with only overnight stops at each camp.

The next day the truck was heading to the Zimbabwe side of Victoria falls, so some of the group decided to stay behind and jump off cliffs all day: Abseiling, Canyon Swinging and Flying Fox(ing?)

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Following the adrenaline filled activities of jumping down a canyon (and the walk back up in ridiculous heat!?!), we went to check out the colossal Victoria Falls from the Zambian side.

It is impossible to describe the feeling of walking around the falls, it is very surreal experience that brings out the child in you. You can't always get a good view of the falls due to the immense mist kicked up by the 1.7km waterfall, but when this happens you are generally being rained on by the spray from the falls. I say rain, but its more like having a bucket of water thrown at you.
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The national park itself is amazing and out of nowhere I bumped into:
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As was perhaps expected, health and safety was not the biggest priority which means you can get close to the falls without being stopped by an idiot-proof fence as would be customary in at any Nanny-state country:

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After the days adrenaline filled activities we were then treated to the most spectacular sunset over the mighty Zambezi: P3201457.jpgP3201460.jpg

What a day... Only one song could sum it up:

It then came to the time to do another border crossing.... Into Zimbabwe on foot.

It was now 9 o'clock at night and the border closed at 10. It seems none of us had thought about this until now. Its a long and eerily quiet walk across the Victoria falls bridge into Zimbabwe, roughly 1 mile from exiting Zambia to officially entering Zimbabwe. As a nervous group of 10 walked into the night we occasionally saw mothers with children crossing the border in the opposite direction and due to the media's portrayal of Zimbabwe we had no idea what would await us on the other side.

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Posted by RTW Ross 17:00 Archived in Zambia Tagged round_the_world Comments (0)

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