Chobe to Vic Falls: Adventures in Border Hopping and Zebra Buffets!

Today was such a short distance – 92.6 kms. However, we left Chobe Game Reserve at 10am and finally arrived at Victoria Falls at 5:32 pm, to be exact. This shitshow involved exiting Botswana, entering Zimbabwe, exiting Zimbabwe and entering Zambia. The paperwork was stupid and repeated numerous times. We kept smiles on our faces, sweating in the 32c heat. Someone could make a fortune by setting up a beverage kiosk and cold plunge pool!

We settled in at the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia, on the Zambezi River. Wow! What a place! Here, the zebras roam freely, and six of them joined us for the outdoor buffet dinner!!! The hotel is obviously in yet another game park, where there are no lions or other cats to prey upon the zebras.

the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Few names loom as large when it comes to African exploration as David Livingstone. In 1855, Livingstone set out on an epic journey, determined to find the source of the Nile River. Along the way, he stumbled upon one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders: the awe-inspiring waterfall that locals called “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” meaning “the smoke that thunders.”

He was captivated by its sheer grandeur and raw power. Struck by its beauty and majesty, he named the falls after Queen Victoria, then the reigning monarch of the UK. It’s modernly also known as “the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.” That curtain in comparision is 1708m, while Niagara is 1203m. As for height, the ‘curtain’ is 108m tall!!! Niagara; just 51m. Another choice fact we learned: Vic Falls is approximately 100,000-250,000 years old, while Niagara is just a baby at 12,000 years.

We took a chopper ride over the Falls and through the gorge. Holy crap!! Our pilot was a daredevil and put the chopper into some pretty slick, quick manoeuvres!!! Absolutely thrilling!

As for Marsel… let’s just say he had a bit of a “mechanical makeover” that turned into a marathon five-hour surgery. Michael and one of the mechanics played doctor, performing an impromptu carburetor reconstruction without the luxury of a carburetor kit. Check out the pics below for a glimpse of the action. Now, Marsel’s feeling almost like his old self again. Well, almost.