The bad news was that it took them about an hour and a half to process about 40 visas. There were two groups ahead of us, and they made us all stand in the sun outside a small office for an hour until one of the officials decided to process us in groups, allowing us to sit in our busses while they stamped our passports, deposited our money, and made us receipts.
A short time later, we checked into the A'Zambezi RiverLodge. After lunch, Kembo drove us on a tour of the town. Some are staying on here after this tour ends, and most have optional “adreneline activities” scheduled for tomorrow (river- rafting, lion-walking, helicopter rides over the Falls, gorge swinging, etc.). Once we were acquainted with the locations of the craft stores, banks, casino, and post office, we headed off to the Falls.
I’m told that in the heavy flow months you get drenched from the parking lots. But you have a hard time actually seeing the falls. It’s three months later, and we rent rain parkas for $2 each, and need them as we walk the edge of the gorge across from the falls. My camera is wrapped in a plastic bag, and Pat and I look like wet hobbits.
Of the comparison of Niagara, Iguazu, and Victoria: big is measured by height, width, and volume. Victoria is higher (107 meters), Iguazu is wider (2,400 feet), and Niagara has more water volume (4-6 million cubic feet/minute).
But Niagara freezes. And Iguazu has boats that take you out near the waterfalls, and has trails at water level. So what does this have? Wart hogs, trumpeter hornbills, and bush bucks on the trails. So there.
To see all the photos taken today, click on Thursday, August 7th, Zambezi River Lodge, Zimbabwe.