Livingstone - Tour Day 6 - Crossing in to Zambia to see the incredible Vic Falls!
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Early in the day we arrived at the border crossing to head over to Zambia where we knew the amazing sight of Victoria Falls awaited! As we approached the border there was a massive line up of trucks was 2-3 kilometres long leading up to the crossing. We later learnt that it could take drivers 3 days to get across!
Bennie advised us that we would be met by ‘Dee Hai’ on the other side however had to leave us to ship the truck across on his own. Upon seeing the ferry the reason for the delay is fairly apparent with only one truck allowed on the ferry, and everything else and everyone crowded around the truck. There’s usually two ferries, but only one was operating (I’m sure that would have cut that wait right back to 1-2 days for drivers J )
Although the ferry crossing at the Zambian border is quite chaotic looking at the ferry entry point, yet, everyone shuffles on relatively orderly and it flows quite well.
The afternoon saw us dropped at Victoria Falls where we were given a brief tour by the real Dee Hai, he does exist! Apparently the water flow is only at 30% and there’d be none in about another 6 weeks (but to us it seemed like there was still a lot of water for only being 30%!) Apparently if it’s running at 100% the mist is so excessive that you can’t see the falls!
There’s no doubt that this is one of the world’s great sights, with spectacular views from many angles.
Just outside the entry to the falls there are many souvenir stalls which we enjoyed looking around. It certainly pays to haggle, that afternoon we were quoted US$175 for a wall hanging which we ended up getting for US$30 a day later!
The “Waterfront” campsite was a great location with a lovely bar and swimming pool. We went for a quick swim (surprisingly cold) and then lay on sun-lounges while monkeys jumped around overhead (we love being in Africa where this can happen!). They have a very cool beer ‘Mosi’ with a picture of the falls on it. There is an ongoing game in Zambia though, in which you try to avoid getting too much Kwacha in change, since if you end up with Kwacha at the end of your time here, you can’t really use it anywhere else!
For dinner we had a $17 a head buffet but were taken aback when we learned that it wouldn’t be provided to Bennie! Pete managed to work his magic and somehow scammed Bennie a free dinner but surely they should look after their tour guide!
The drama for the evening was that Nick thought he had money stolen from his account.
Although there were ‘booze cruises’ on offer from the campsite, we elected to get some rest and just sat down with a few beers with Pete in the evening to swap travel tales and try to assist in planning their upcoming South-East Asia adventure.