Wednesday, January 09, 2008

What a Contrast!

We had been warned that the conditions in Zimbabwe were much different than that South Africa but I don’t think we were as prepared as we should have been for the sharp contrast between the two countries. We flew from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, 1,200 miles NE of Cape Town. The falls divide Zimbabwe from Zambia and are close to where both Botswana and Namibia also border.

The Victoria Falls, known in the local language as “The Smoke that Thunders” are absolutely spectacular. They stretch over a mile in length and at 360 feet in height are over twice Niagara’s 167 feet height.

We stayed at the wonderfully historic Victoria Falls Hotel that dates back to 1904 and has hosted kings and queens, presidents and the Schultzs, although if you go, don’t expect our picture to be there on the walls. The hotel was very British and very “old British” at that with High-Tea served at 4, an old, very stuffy dining room and a much slower pace.

Besides seeing the falls, the highlight of our stay there was the Elephant Safari. No, we weren’t out looking at elephants, we were riding them!

Tomorrow I’ll relate the dark side of Zimbabwe.

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