Sunday, May 15, 2016


Upon arrival in Johannesburg, we met up with Claire and George and flew to Victoria Falls. After waiting in the Zimbabwe customs line for an hour and receiving the most carefully adhered visas in our passports, we were greeted by a man named Admire, who drove us to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

We enjoyed the watering hole in view of the hotel. It attracted impalas, kudu, warthogs, guinea fowl, baboons, elephants and a giraffe. 

This can all be seen from the open-air dining area of the hotel.

There's a blind built into one shore of the watering hole to allow close-up viewing and photography.

Our first of many gorgeous African sunsets.

Our first night we enjoyed a river cruise on the Zambezi River. 

The spray from Victoria Falls is visible from the boat (it was also visible from the plane as we landed). We're a few miles upriver from the falls.

Our first wildlife sighting! A hippo.

A raft of hippos!

Our first elephant sighting! They swim in the river.

A termite mound. Many animals, including dwarf mongoose and hyenas, use them as homes after the termites have vacated. This one may still be available to rent.

Most of us enjoyed our cruise! 

Some of us were feeling the effects of jetlag following the 34-hour journey from California.

After two nights in Victoria Falls, we rode a bus to Botswana.

We saw Ground Hornbill, an endangered species.

We saw the iconic Acacia trees.

At the Botswana border, we saw the line of trucks waiting to cross into Zimbabwe. It can take several days to cross the border.

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