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From VicFalls to Chobe River Villas - Land and Sea

We had our final breakfast and said our goodbyes at the Victoria Falls Hotel on April 18th.  Our van took us to the Botswana border via the lovely Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe in about an hour and a half.  The two lane highway was lightly traveled except for heavy trucks, and a few tour vans and private cars.   We did see some giraffes through the trees.  I again felt that feeling of expansiveness, clear, endless skies.

At the Botswana border we had to disinfect two pairs of shoes to combat hoof and mouth disease to protect their cattle industry.  We also changed vans and drivers.  The new driver shepherded us to Kasane Immigration Botswana while he transferred our luggage to his boat.  Capt Gilbert was rocking a 6 person aluminum power boat the was tied up at a the tiny dock at Kasane Immigration.  He balanced and hoisted our ginormous bags without complaint.  I'm comfortable on the water; but Mike was a little unsure.   The next leg of the journey took  us to Kasika Immigration in Namibia.  I never had this part of the trip clear in my head.  As it turns out, the international boarder between Botswana and Namibia is the Chobe River.  We did all our Game Drives (photo safaris) in Botswana but were residing in Namibia.  We had to clear immigration every time we crossed the river!  It actually wasn't that bad and the kind folks at the Chobe Water Villas to care of most of it.  

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

We left Maputo Mozambique early on April 16th via South African Airways flying to Johannesburg to catch our connecting flight to Victoria Falls Airport.  We started the next day, April 17th 2017, with a tour of Mosi-oa-Tunya which in Tokaleya Tonga means - "The Smoke That Thunders"  which is more widely known as - Victoria Falls.  o see VicFalls, you walk along the lip of the Victoria Falls Rainforest Reserve and stop at 16 overlooks along the way.  The path is nicely paved and marked and fairly flat.  It's also at the about the same elevation as the Zambezi River before the Falls.  Visitors see the Zambezi River plummet into the narrow gorge.  The massive volumes of water cascading into the narrow space creates powerful air currents that rise vertically carrying water, mist and vapor with it. The resulting plume can rise 1,300 ft and be seen up to 30 miles away.  The plume also creates a microclimate that sustains its own rainforest.   We took a guided tour but you can self-guide.  Our guide, Lucky was very knowledgeable about the Falls and an excellent ambassador for his country.  We put on rain gear before entering the park but we got drenched anyway.  No rain.  Just mist.