Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Day 1

Barbs and David chilling in Bayete Guest Lodge

The road from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls seemed interminable, stretching far into the distance, with dense bush either side, and only the occasional African village to break up the monotony. Every bridge we crossed showed a dry river bed, where the locals were digging holes to look for water to fill their containers.

Finally we arrived at the falls where we were to stay at the Bayete Guest Lodge.

Bayete Guest Lodge, a great place to relax after a day of activities

We managed to pack so much into our short stay there, and we had so much fun. That first day we had lunch at the Lookout Cafe, with its amazing view of the second and third gorges, and the bridge that crosses from Zimbabwe to Zambia.

The Lookout Café, Victoria Falls

The stunning view from the Lookout Café
(The wires are for the Gorge Swing and Zip Line)

The Lookout Café is 120 metres above the Zambezi River, overhanging the giant Batoka Gorge, just down from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

That evening we went on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. What a wonderful way to spend an evening!

As we approached the boat, we came across these Warthogs.
They have such short necks; they need to kneel to eat.

A typical booze cruise boat, although ours was 3 decks high.

We began with cocktails and canapes, as we gently cruised along, 
watching the sun set slowly over the beautiful landscape.

A glorious light beamed across the land, as the sun began to set…

…until everything was bathed in a warm glow

We stayed on the boat for dinner. The food was excellent, and so was the service. For anyone visiting the Victoria Falls, a sunset cruise is a must, and a great way to get up close to game coming down to the river to drink. I would happily do this again and again.

Elizabeth Coughlan

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