Livingstone - Tour Day 6 - Crossing in to Zambia to see the incredible Vic Falls!

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One of two ferries that operate, this one is broken. There was about 3kms of trucks banked up waiting to use these ferries, which only ship one at a time! Apparently drivers can wait 3-4 days!

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 group is all smiling
 There was some confusion after the ferry, bearing in mind that we were told by Bennie to meet a big white guy called Dee Hai. When we got there a black guy asked if we were waiting for Dee Hai.  We were very suspicious, even more so when he offered to take our passports and visa money for us….However after we got our own passport stamps, Pete had confirmed his identity so we jumped into the taxi (with an Everton fan driver J) for a 45 minute drive to Waterfront camp.    Pete and Maddie had to sit in little kiddie seats in the back (and incidentally had to pay US$135 for being American versus our $US50 visa fee).

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.

Apparently when it's at 100% this area is covered in mist and you barely see anything!
We spent  about an hour looking from the various vantage points and admiring the local baboons as they accosted tourists J

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.

  After some frantic emailing and phoning back home, it turned out it was just withdrawn by his parents back in Australia! Good prank Nick’s parents J

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.

 

lovedogs says:
Thanks so much for sharing your trip and the photos! Now I know what Victoria Falls look like when the water is not flowing at it's full capacity! Can I ask which month of the year you visited? :)
Posted on: Feb 03, 2013
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One of two ferries that operate, t…
One of two ferries that operate, …
The group is all smiling
The group is all smiling
Apparently when its at 100% this …
Apparently when it's at 100% this…
We crowd around the vehicles to cr…
We crowd around the vehicles to c…
Into Zambia we go, good example of…
Into Zambia we go, good example o…
We trust our newly acquired tour g…
We trust our newly acquired tour …
The Botswana-Zambia border crossing
The Botswana-Zambia border crossing
Our first view of vic falls, its …
Our first view of vic falls, it's…
A school load of kids cross the bo…
A school load of kids cross the b…
Us at the falls
Us at the falls
We scour the various viewpoints
We scour the various viewpoints
This one makes Laura happy!
This one makes Laura happy!
Ooo look, falls!
Ooo look, falls!
Ok so we took a few waterfall shots
Ok so we took a few waterfall shots
Cant really blame us can you
Can't really blame us can you
How often are you at Victoria fall…
How often are you at Victoria fal…
This is the waterfalls from a diff…
This is the waterfalls from a dif…
And Laura poses in this falls phot…
And Laura poses in this falls pho…
You can bunjee of that bridge, I w…
You can bunjee of that bridge, I …
Nice little rainbow in the falls m…
Nice little rainbow in the falls …
Pete and Maddie relax at the top o…
Pete and Maddie relax at the top …
Nice cool water in this heat
Nice cool water in this heat
Nick ponders life
Nick ponders life
We ended up buying one of these wa…
We ended up buying one of these w…
Choosing our tour t-shirts
Choosing our tour t-shirts
Laura at our Zambian campsite - Th…
Laura at our Zambian campsite - T…
Laura enjoying a Mosi beer!
Laura enjoying a Mosi beer!
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