I didn't realise I was on a Contiki trip...!

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Me at Vic Falls
Woke up covered in tiny red dots (legs, face, hands, elbows) which started off flat but became very lumpy and itchy within 24hrs. Luckily I wasn't the only one suffering from them - we later concluded they must be ant bites, as neither I nor Tammy ever got bitten by mosquitoes. Got up around 7:30am and had a very average breakfast before heading to see Victoria Falls with everyone. It was absolutely an incredible sight and the volume of spray was phenomenal - it was so powerful as even though we were standing above the level of the falls it was as if they were raining on us from above. The many rainbows that formed when the sun struck the spray from above made it even more beautiful. After looking at the falls for awhile I decided to go watch Richard, Adrian, Tammy and Karl do their 111m bungy from the bridge joining Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Karl doing a bungy
I even managed to cross into Zimbabwe briefly and purchase an expired 50 billion dollar note (the 2nd highest - highest is 100). Apparently it costs $150 billion to buy just a loaf of bread...and that's also the maximum daily withdrawal from the ATM! Anyway, frankly, watching everyone do their bungee jump was terrifying - I felt so concerned the whole time. I did meet some interesting people, including a Zimbabwean farmer with six cattle who asked how to prevent anthrax and foot and mouth disease and how and where to give an intra-muscular injection. I was glad I could help him out in some small way. He says there aren't many vets over there. After the bungee we went to the ATM in town and had lunch at Rhapsodys. I had a peanut and cashew chicken curry which came with delicious sambal and a pappadum.
Me and Susan
Richard's meal was the funniest - the world's largest kebab, complete with whole chillies between each chicken piece, suspended on a swinging metal stake from another metal pole! Crazy stuff. After that we returned to camp and just had time for shower before boarding a sunset cruise at 4:15pm. Unfortunately my sunglasses got stolen while I was taking a shower. The cruise cost US$50 and included unlimited alcohol and snacks and a main meal. All 17 of us went plus Sammy and Susan but not Jacob as he unfortunately had to stay and mind the truck. It was a lot of fun. I drank too many vodkas and felt rather sick by the end. Bon got pissed as all hell and spilled her entire plate of food on her. We saw lots of hippos having a great old time in the water.
After a few drinks...!
After we got back on dry land most of us were thoroughly tanked but continued on drinking regardless. I stopped as I think I would have vomited otherwise. Dad went to bed and told me to look after Bon. I had to put her to bed twice (she was a dead weight - it was like trying to get a dead body into a sleeping bag) and spend time looking for her camera which she thought she'd lost but which was actually in her tent all along. It was quite funny really. At one point I found her stumbling around in the mud so had to take her to wash her feet and then put her to bed again. All in all, it was a highly hilarious night that involved lots of amusing Contiki-like stories from several people that I can't possibly share for fear of being beaten next time I see them - what happens at Vic Falls stays at Vic Falls, right? ;)
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Me at Vic Falls
Me at Vic Falls
Karl doing a bungy
Karl doing a bungy
Me and Susan
Me and Susan
After a few drinks...!
After a few drinks...!
Me at Vic Falls
Me at Vic Falls
The bridge connecting Zambia and Z…
The bridge connecting Zambia and …
Richards ridiculous lunch
Richard's ridiculous lunch
Jenni, Mum and Susan on the booze …
Jenni, Mum and Susan on the booze…
Hippos
Hippos
Me and Sammy
Me and Sammy
Me, Jenni, Tammy
Me, Jenni, Tammy
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