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Day 12 or Baboon porn day

South Africa and Zimbabwe

sunny 80 °F
View Russ and Beth go on safari on Weimerrv's travel map.

Today after breakfast we took our bus to the airport, said goodby to Lefi, our driver and flew to Zimbabwe. We were very fortunate again when it came to clearing customs and I got my first visa added to my passport. The visa cost $45. Upon exiting the airport we were serenaded by an African drum and dancing group. We had time to go to the hotel (more about the lodge later) before our excursion to Victoria Falls. Our driver and guide, Lucky, gave us some information on Zimbabwe: it has 80% unemployment, most of the people either emigrate or move back to the villages where subsistence farming is it. The ATMs are mostly empty and they take the US dollar. Victoria Falls was our next stop. The falls are one of the 7 wonders of the world, it is the highest set of falls, the second longest set of falls and during the rainy season 550 million liters of water pass over the dam every day. We are in the dry season so not all the dam had water flowing over it but if it were flowing everywhere it can be difficult to see for all the mist created. The mist can reach a height of 500 meters over the dam. The falls, in a word, Amazing. We saw beautiful rainbows from many of the 15 viewing places. You can see Zambia which shares the falls. The Zambezi River provides the engine for the falls. We spent about 2 hours looking at the falls from all the vantage points. We also saw bungee jumping from the bridge linking Zambia and Zimbabwe. While we were looking at the bridge, a troupe of baboons, with many youngsters arrived looking for food. While we were taking pictures of them and we were quite close, the dominant male mounted one of the females - like the lions- it was over in seconds. The troupe soon scampered away. After returning to the hotel for a much needed shower, we gathered at the bar and had a libation and watched the animals at the waterhole, unfortunately, no elephants today. We wound up the day by going to another African bbq and drum show. The food was good and I sampled kudu( a type of antelope), crocodile, biltong (African jerky) and lamb. After the show we were tired so off to bed. Tomorrow feeding vultures and seeing elephants!

We saw the following animals today: mongoose, a warthog mama with babies, bushbok, baboons of course, Maribou storks and vultures.

Posted by Weimerrv 12:15 Archived in Zimbabwe

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