A big thank you for all your help,excellent info,suggestions and it all ran smoothly.
Hi Tony and Boo,
Firstly a big thank you for all your help,excellent info,suggestions and it all ran smoothly.
We arrived at v falls airport and waited an 1 hour for the multi visa..(heard worse stories of people with no US$ running to the old terminal to use the ATM that only took visa ,not m/card.apparently someone else in the line paid for the poor family and they paid each other back later!!)
then our fantastic driver was there,happy,friendly guy and took us to main camp,he also picked us up 3 days later.
The Hide was amazing,we were blown away by everything.That afternoon driving to camp we saw a lion and lioness and they even mated in front of us.
The food was excellent and Daffy our guide was great and very informative too.
I remember thinking my 16 yr old might be bored in the downtime in the day , as there was no tv, wifi in rooms,but quite the opposite, we all loved the daily routine
We were often (9 times out of 10) the only vehicle watching the animals we came across,we loved going back to camp and telling our special sightings.We saw a cheetah at the camp waterhole and I went down the hide and was 3 feet away from it ,that was amazing.
Back to vic falls and stayed at the Lokuthula lodges,here, we were not happy. We were in no 44 and its location was terrible,I think there are better located ones .We really needed the 3 bed one ,the kitchen smelled of the previous quests cooking,and the bathroom shower leaked all over the floor .But the worst thing was the mozzies,and why there are no screens on the windows?
the nets had holes and were full off mozzies everytime we came home.We are from oz and very used to mozzies and crawly things but this was really unpleasant.Loved being near vf safari lodge though,
we were up there watching the sunsets and using their free wifi.We had dinner there and it was excellent,the signature dish of warthog was great as were the african singing group at dinner.The pool at loku was nice although too small for the number of people.The boma was great fun,the food fair but adequate ,the entertainment fabulous.The helicopter with bonsair was great ,I love seeing the area from above .Even though it was low season ,there was plenty of water, not much spray ,so visibility good.
We had lunch at the lookout cafe which is amazing also,although so hot in December.
We did the devils swim,which involved crossing the border,which the 2 drivers did really well as there is a big long line of trucks and cars and he just zoomed up past the all,grabbed our passports and was back in a flash.Then you leave from the the beautiful livingstone hotels jetty .It was such a thrill to say you swam in the zambezi river,given its full of crocs and hippos.The eggs benedict for breakfast was one of the best I’ve ever had ,served on a homemade scone,yum.
We also did the signature sunset cruise which was a very relaxing way to see the river. if I went back ,I would have done the helicopter and devils swim in one day leaving a whole day for a day trip to chobe,also we missed the high tea at vf hotel and heard that dinner at the kingdom hotel had african dancing as entertainment which sounded fun.We then left zim and spent 10 days in cape town and garden route.
Overall ,the zim part of our trip I loved the most ,probably because of the safari but also the people. The indigenous people we came across were friendly,funny,intelligent and felt very safe to be around.My 2 older teen daughters never felt uncomfortable in any way.
We are already talking of a future trip …