I crossed Victoria Falls bridge this morning and I'm now in Zimbabwe. After paying my visa ($30) at the immigration, I ended up at Shoestring Backpackers located conveniently in the town center. I wanted to drop my bags there for a couple of days and go with my daypack to Buluwayo via train. Unfortunatly the situation right now in Zimbabwe is somewhat a mess because of fuel shortage and terrible inflation (or deflation, depending on the point of view).
I went this morning for a walking 'safari' inside Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This tiny park of 66 square kilometers next to Victoria Falls is home to the only white rhinos one will see in Zambia. There are 5 rhinos living in and we were lucky enough to find 4 of them in the same place (they are normally solitary animals).
I finally went lately this afternoon for a 15-minute helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. It is definitely a different and nice way to see the falls. Right now, the water level is at its highest since 1999 and the amount of water being poured down is absolutely amazing.
I went today to Chobe National Park located in... Botswana. Another visa stamp on my passport (moreover it was free). Chobe is well known for its dense population of elephants and indeed, they were all over the place. You cannot miss them.
I went to Victoria Falls today ($10) and that was really impressive, even from the Zambian side. I took the underwater housing with me to avoid the camera being flooded and needless to say that it was very useful in some places as water is pourring down all over you.
After an early wake up around 4:30AM and a 5h30 ride with CR Holdings bus, I'm now in Livingstone next to Victoria Falls. I'm staying at Jollyboys Backpackers ($6). From what I can see down there it looks like a good place to painfully hit my bank account. There are so much things to do around there that it is scary and a month is hardly enough. I'm already late and planned to shorten my stay in Zambia from 2 weeks to 1 week but this is obviouslly not taking the right path... oops.
I managed to leave East Africa and I'm now in Lusaka, Zambia. I left all the rainfall of the rainy season in Kenya and I'm in the early beginning of the dry season here. I arrived around 12PM and after paying the visa fee ($25) and taking a taxi ($15) I'm staying at Chachacha Backpackers ($6).