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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour- Tamzyn’s Travel Diary Part 8

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Epic, wonderful, spectacular - words that fall frighteningly short of what the feeling of wanderlust accomplished presents... Read on for the final tale of Tamzyn’s 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip. Zimbabwe campsite

Day 22: Victoria Falls

Today is my last day at Victoria Falls and reaching the end of my Overlanding Africa trip is very disheartening. I keep thinking that this tour cannot get any more exciting, any more wonderful or any more spectacular and then I wake up and something else comes along to prove me wrong! An overlanding trip is absolutely the greatest African adventure!

Vic Falls Gorge Swing

Cliff-Diving Head First

We are going out with a bang and opted for the many hair-raising extreme activities on offer around Victoria Falls. There is so much for us to choose from: lion walks, elephant back safaris, gorge swinging, bungee jumping, grade 5 white water rafting, and helicopter flights over the falls. In the end we decide to toss our logic out the window and opt for the gorge swing, zip-line and flying fox package; or as was eloquently put by one of my overlanding tour buddies “to jump head first off three platforms down a bottomless gorge for no other reason than to scare ourselves sh##less”!

Flying Fox

The gorge swing is the highlight of the day! We look like a group of mentally insane patients; climbing up onto our hands before being pushed off the platform and diving 70 metres head first, along the cliff face before swinging out above the furious brown waters of the Zambezi River below.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Park

After all that monumental adventure we have the afternoon left to walk along the length of the roaring white waters of Victoria Falls and appreciate the different viewpoints of Mosi-oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders. The seemingly endless curtain of water gushes with immense power and force rushing down the side of the steep chasm at over 545 million litres per minute and sending a towering cloud of spray spiralling up into the air. We are so dumbstruck by the sight of Victoria Falls, we don’t even notice that we are all soaked from head to toe in the shower of spray.

Booze Cruise Boys Group Photo

Day 23: It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It’s a sad and difficult farewell to my new found friends and the overlanding truck, the flight from the airport marks the end of my awesome adventure filled overland journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. I saw some fantastic sights, experienced and explored more of Africa than I could have ever dreamed of and met inspiring and friendly locals - as well as making a bunch of new friends and amazing memories. These have only fed my wanderlust for overland trips through Africa.

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 7

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Tamzyn's 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls Overland trip continues in full force. Read on for the penultimate account of this epic adventure.

4x4 safari in Chobe

Day 19: Chobe National Park

Botswana’s Chobe National Park is where we are headed today. Elephants literally line the roadside on our way to the park, so close to our Overlanding truck we can almost reach out and touch them. We come across two breeding herds with their adorable babies in tow. After our ten-hour overlanding truck ride we arrive at our Chobe camp site and spend the afternoon exploring, reading and enjoying the cool waters of the pool. Tantalizing Treats Trymore (the official cook) whips up a scrumptious meal of sadza (maize map) and peanut butter relish which we all wolf down greedily before listening to the next day’s itinerary. Then we all spin off to find a quiet spot under the star studded sky and listen to the hippos and hyenas calling to us from the other side of the fence. Aside from a few camp sites, nothing else is fenced in Chobe and you can often see herds of elephants, buck and even the odd lion walking down the main street. How frickin’ cool is that!

Cape Buffalo Chobe

Day 20: Chobe National Park

We have an early start this morning for a 5:30 am game drive through the Thebe Area of the Chobe National Park, and we are spoilt for choice with some of the insane game viewing. Hippos, elephants, Cape buffalo, crocodiles, impala and baboons, we get to see it all and plenty of it! The Chobe National Park is one of the best game viewing areas left in the whole of Africa and is home to the biggest surviving elephant population. We all can’t believe how lucky we are to be appreciating this buffet of wildlife in such a lush setting.

Mopane Worms

After lunch we walk into the Village of Kasane and explore the local markets and food vendor stalls lining the streets. There is a variety of local cuisine to try, but I can’t quite wrap my head around biting into a dried fish head and so opt for a Mopane Worm instead. They are a bit salty and taste like sardines. So much for being a vegetarian…as they say: ‘when in Rome...’!

Campsite in Chobe National Park

Cruising the Four Borders

Our sunset cruise takes us to the meeting point of the four borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia and gets us up close to an enormous elephant bull wading on the river bank. It is fascinating to watch the herds of elephants greeting each other, playing in the shallows and protecting their babies from the lurking crocodiles. You get such a sense of the intelligence, gentleness and strong family bonds of the herds. We even see a crocodile try to sneak up on a baby elephant- it’s exciting stuff!

Day 21: Victoria Falls

We cross our final border into Zimbabwe today. It’s an hour’s drive to Victoria Falls and as we round the corner we can see the impressive spray and mist clouds rising up from kilometres away. Victoria Falls in full force

Exploring Victoria Falls I meet Sunshine, a born and bred Rastafarian local who offers to show me around Victoria Falls on an exclusive personal tour. He leads me around the local arts and craft market, introducing me to his friends and their stalls crammed with curios and hand crafted wares. Everyone is extremely welcoming and accepting and keen to show me their sculpting, beading and weaving skills that their parents have passed down to them.

The Big Tree

Sunshine and I then hike along the banks of the powerful Zambezi River, which is in full and furious flow at the moment. He shows me the local fishing and swimming spots before we head off to see the Big Tree of Victoria Falls. The dramatic 16 metre high baobab is around 1,500 years old and could easily take twelve people to form a chain around it. The tree is like a map to the history of the town with carvings from as early as 1930!

Watch this space for the final installment of Tamzyn's epic adventure. [Read part 8 here] For information about Overlanding in Africa or to find out more about this trip, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com

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