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Bonus #4 – See Victoria Falls

Though the Seven Wonders of the World list has been challenged and altered and has many incarnations, in 2007 Victoria Falls was placed on the Seven NATURAL Wonders of the World list, and as far as I can find, still holds that spot.  Rightfully so.  We had a mere hour to explore on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, and we only saw a small stretch in that hour.  We had been warned by our guides to wear our rain gear, as due to the spray, it is always raining at the grounds around the falls.

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One of the other women in our group had gone on a helicopter tour over Victoria Falls.  Here is one of her photos from above to give an idea of the scale of the falls.  Thanks Nancy B. for sharing!

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Details: Victoria Falls can be viewed on either the Zambia or Zimbabwe side.  I can’t seem to find an official website for either side, but both have charged entry, and there are tour operators who run helicopter tours over the falls.

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Bonus #2 – Go to Zimbabwe

We were in Zimbabwe for two nights and one day.  That one day was probably the most full and varied day of our trip, and most of our group have said this was their favourite or most memorable day.

Our group was split between two open safari Jeeps  and we set off for Matobo National Park, which is full of awe inspiring naturally formed rock towers.  The park has the last significant population of rhino in Zimbabwe.  Poachers are a massive problem for the rangers at this park, and the rhino population is dropping by alarming numbers every month.

Our first stop is an ancient cave used by Bushmen, full of beautiful cave paintings, some of the paintings 40,000 years old.

We then visited the local village of Ndebele, which was educational and so fun; the chief being a 82 year-old spitfire, full of charm and despite not speaking any English, a wonderful story teller.  Two of his sons, and two of his tiny grandsons, demonstrated a traditional dance, and pulled a lot of our family, including Adam, in to participate.

The afternoon was full of tracking rhino, sometimes on foot through the bush.  While we learned a lot about their habits and how to recognize tracks, we were unlucky and didn’t see any.  Despite being a little disappointed, it was a great day rocking and rolling over rough paths, enjoying the scenery and learning all the small details that the rangers look for while tracking animals.

We did climb down a riverbank to get a closer look at some hippos.  While we didn’t get very close, they certainly made sure to let us know they noticed us, rumbling and flashing their teeth at us.

All in all, a wonderful day, firmly lodging Zimbabwe in a special place in our hearts.

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Bonus Things

We are back from Africa, and I am working on getting together all our blog posts of the things we crossed off while we were away.  It was an amazing trip and I’m excited to share everything we experienced!

We also have a few Bonus Things to add to our list.  First, cage diving with Great White Sharks in Cape Town.  Second, our list item #33 is to Go to South Africa.  We also spent two nights and an amazing day in Zimbabwe, so we added that in. We spent a night in Livingston, Zambia, so while it feels a little like cheating, we’ve added it to the list.  Finally, we visited Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side), and as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it had to make the list.  All these and more will be posted later this week!

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