Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls with Zeb the Duck

Today, I, Zeb the Duck, will visit Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park.   Victoria Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and we can walk to the national park and waterfalls from our hotel.   Walking to the falls, we cross a bridge and railroad track.   Some men show us the animals under the bridge.

Bush Bok near center of town

Bush Bok near center of town

Isn’t this great.   Less that a kilometer from the center of town, and wild animals are here.   They said this was a bush bok.   The train is coming now.

Train through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Between town and waterfalls

Train through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  Between town and waterfalls

A little further down the road and we see the entrance to Victoria Falls National Park.

Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe.   That is not our water bottle!

We rent a raincoat, pay our park entrance fee and go inside.

Let's buy a ticket and go inside.

Let’s buy a ticket and go inside.

There is a restaurant and a few gift shops near the entrance.   Also several displays with maps and other information about Victoria Falls.   We liked this one.

Information about rain forest and water falls

Information about rain forest and water falls

Raincoats are recommended because the falls are so powerful that the spray is everywhere. Even with a raincoat, we were soaked, but the raincoat did help, so rent or bring one when you visit.   This is one of our early views of Victoria Falls.

Our first sight of Victoria Falls

Our first sight of Victoria Falls and green raincoat of a tourist.

As we walk further, we see more of the waterfalls.

Victoria Falls has such force of falling water

Victoria Falls has such force of falling water

The Zambezi River is about one mile wide at the waterfalls.   Walking through the rainforest, we only see sections of the falls at one time.

This is called Main Falls. Beautiful, wet and loud

This is called Main Falls. Beautiful, wet and loud

This is still further down the path.   The path through the rain forest is very nice and easy to follow.

Path through Victoria Falls National Park near the waterfalls.

Path through Victoria Falls National Park near the waterfalls.

Much of the time we cannot see the falls, but we can hear the roar and see clouds of mist rising over the river.   Victoria Falls was called the “smoke that thunders” by the native people.   This is horseshoe falls.

Horseshoe Falls. Spray on camera lens

Horseshoe Falls. Spray on camera lens

Each view of the waterfalls is breathtakingly powerful.   On this photo, you can see that we are still rather far from the falling water, but the mist and spray are so powerful, there is water on the camera lens.   And we have been cleaning it every few minutes.   The guidebooks say that this is a place you must see, and I, Zeb the Duck, agree.   Being there, at Victoria Falls, you can see it, hear it, feel and taste it (the spray is everywhere).   The Zambezi River and Victoria Falls dominate this part of the world.   Reaching the end of the path, you will have a great view of Victoria Falls Bridge.

Victoria Falls Bridge from Zimbabwe side

Victoria Falls Bridge from Zimbabwe side

At Victoria Falls, one million liters of water drops every second!   That is a lot of water.   Those one million liters that fall every second, fall 107 meters, or 351 feet.   When we visited, the rainy season had ended a month before, so there was a lot of water in the river.    We love all waterfalls and we really love Victoria Falls.   Next week we will show you what we saw from the Zambia of Victoria Falls.

A Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River with Zeb the Duck

Mom and I are traveling alone now.   Leaving Malawi, we had an overnight stop in Johannesburg, South Africa and then we went on to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.   Welcome to Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe airport

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe airport

Our taxi from the airport took us to a travel agency on the way to our hotel.   We made reservations for a river cruise and a one day safari in Botswana.    Our  hotel is located near a craft mall and anther outdoor craft market.

Outdoor craft market is huge

Outdoor craft market is huge

More time will be needed here.   After checking into our hotel, it was time for our first adventure.    I, Zeb the Duck, love boat rides.   We went on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.   This river separates Zambia and Zimbabwe.   We are staying in the city of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side of the river.   The bus picked us up at our hotel and then picked up more humans.   At one resort, we saw these warthogs in the lawn.

Warthogs on the resort lawn

Warthogs on the resort lawn

Isn’t that great?  Animals as soon as we arrived in Victoria Falls.   Here we are, ready to hop on this river boat.

Getting on the river boat

Getting on the river boat

We were only on the boat a few minutes when we saw this elephant, on the Zambia side.

Our first Zambian elephant

Our first Zambian elephant

This is our first Zambian elephant.   There are lots of birds here also.   We recognized the fish eagle.

Fish eagle

Fish eagle

We really like them, and we have seen them many places.   Still on the Zambia side of the river we saw this mother elephant with a young elephant.

Mom and baby heading back to the woods

Mom and baby heading back to the woods

They did not pose for photos; they tuned and walked away from us and the river.   The hippos here seemed to be playing with us.

Hippo

Hippo

They would look at us and then go under the water.   Soon come up again, but only for about 8-10 seconds.   It was cute, but frustrating also.   Here is another elephant, drinking from the Zambezi River.

Elephant drinking from the Zambezi River

Elephant drinking from the Zambezi River

We did see one small crocodile sunning on the sandy river bank.   It did not show  up well in photos.   We are in the Zambezi National Park.   They often name national parks after the river. Here is the sunset we came to see.

Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

And a beautiful sunset we did see.   I, Zeb the Duck, love sunsets with the water.   You know that I was on this boat, but there were many humans and mom couldn’t get good photos of me with animals behind me, so I am not in boat photos.   We met so many interesting tourist on this cruise.   One, couple, from South Africa, will be at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   He will be an official in the rowing competition.   We think that is exciting.   We hope they had a wonderful time.   I, Zeb the Duck, have not been to Brazil, but mom says Rio is one of the prettiest cities she has ever seen.  But, we think Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is exciting and pretty also.   After the cruise, the bus brought us back to our hotel.   We walked to the craft market, closed now,

Elephant Walk Shopping. Many beautiful craft stores inside.

Elephant Walk Shopping.  Many beautiful craft stores inside.

but upstairs there is an Asian restaurant.   So up the stairs we went.

Let's go up to the restaurant

Let’s go up to the restaurant

The menu featured several pages of Thai dishes and a page of Chinese offerings.   Everything sounded good; we were hungry.   This is an attractive restaurant.

Namtook Restaurant

Namtook Restaurant

It is called Namtook.   We ordered from the Chinese page.   This is our chicken and vegetables with cashew nuts.

Looks great and tasted wonderful

Looks great and tasted wonderful

Do you see those chopsticks?   We used them to eat.   It was fun.   Everything was very tasty.   We are glad we chose this restaurant for dinner.   Our first evening in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe was a success.