December 11th, 2007 – by: wanderinwurzel
met the truck and rest of the crew at the waterfront campsite, which is right on the banks of the upper Zambezi, and immeadiately set about booking up all of the activities i'd been planning since England. 1st i had an evening meeting the rest of the group that i'd be travelling to cape town with, and what better way than via an evening booze cruise on the mighty Zambezi, followed by a pool party with plenty more alcohol, nudity an flash photography. the next morning as people were still wandering around naked, or clearing the vomit from their tents i headed off to livingstone island to jump into the devils pool at the top of vic falls. Jumping into a pool at the top of the falls was a pretty awesome experience, just knowing that you could get swept over at any moment, but unfortunately the current was too strong on this day to enable us to be held by our feet as we leant fully over the edge to look straight down the falls, now that would've been amazing.
locals on the upper zambezi
In the afternoon i went off in search of the gorge swing. This is where you jump off of a 100m gorge and hope to hell that the piece of rope your attached to does it's job and swings you out into the middle of the gorge before you hit the bottom. Not sure i've ever been so scared as when i stepped off the cliff edge for the 1st time. Having not had the benefit of seeing anyone else go 1st i wasn't really sure what would happen, what happened was i screamed like a little girl as i plunged towards the bottom of the gorge, before being swung out into the middle for some fantastic views. I managed the hike back to the top to do a 2nd jump and a couple of zip lines before heading back to the comfort of the hotel bar. the following day was spent white water rafting down the lower zambezi which was fantastic and a really good way to see the fantastic views from the bottom of the gorge, and have a fantastic laugh doing so. My overall impression of the falls was that it's a great place to go and do some great adreanaline activities, but i couldn't help feeling a little disapointed in the falls themselves after seeing Iguazu falls earlier in the year, they just didn't seam to compare.