Backpackers Bazaar Newsletter
11th November 2009
A very warm welcome, warm being the operative word, from the Backpackers
Bazaar Team. Its hot, humid and wet as the rainy season is now upon us!
Our spring has seen the trees and grass getting greener, the lovely
flamboyant’s blooming and the frangipanis flowering! A really pretty
time of year for Vic Falls and surrounding areas!
The warthog that hangs
around outside Shoestrings and around town is also very pregnant, and
there are lots of baby baboons (and their mothers) hanging around too!
Speaking of babies, our Lovely Suzanne has a pregnant belly that is
growing bigger by the day, she is radiant and full of jolly laughter,
especially since Paul has returned from afar! We all very excited to
welcome another little member of the crew! Congratulations to the both
of them, and we cant wait to see the little one!
Just a few little bits of information for you:
People are able to draw money from Barclays bank cash machines if they
have a VISA card. The limit is whatever your limit is back home and its
U$2 per transaction. Please note that you cannot use MASTERCARD yet!!!!
It is no longer free to leave Zimbabwe and return the same day, even for
an hour! You would be required to pay the full visa to return. Please
ask for a double entry visa when you enter Zimbabwe if you plan on
leaving the country for an activity in Botswana or Zambia (e.g. Chobe
Day Trip, Microlite, Livingstone Island and the Jetboat) and then
returning to Zimbabwe. British/Irish (single U$55, double U$70) Canadian
(single U$75 with no double entry available for them) any other
nationality ( single U$30 double U$45) If a multiple entry is required,
this needs to be applied for from the embassy prior to travel.
For all the north bound trucks, passing through Namibia, please advise
any potential skydivers to skydive in Swakopmund as there is no Sky
Diving in the Falls at the moment. The plane is still out on service and
we will advice you as soon as they start jumping! Advice clients that
there is only one company which does it both on the Zimbabwean and the
Zambian side so it is also not going to be possible to do it in
Shoestrings is still quite festive and the local entertainment never
fails to captivate everyone. The Drumming Company offer a U$5 drum bar
if anyone wants a 20 minute crash course on playing the Djembe drum. If
not they do pull out the drums and fire dancing to entertain you anyway,
especially on the weekends (weather permitting as the rains are
disrupting a bit of the fire entertainment for the moment!)
Traditional dancing is still available on request and the recent
discovery of the Tin Can Kids by Kennedy our barmen has blown the
entertainment out of the water. The Tin Cans Kids are a group of 11 kids
aged between 5 & 12 who play drums on tin cans, broken rusty dustbin
lids, old suspension springs from cars, old plastic containers and the
little one dance “local street style” and are also available on request!
The did a fantastic job at our Halloween party jamming for the locals
and are on You Tube getting lots of hits!!
The Festive silly season is approaching and things are very booked up
all over town accommodation and activity wise, so just to remind
everyone to try send through pre-bookings to avoid disappointment!
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