We said goodbye to “the bush” today at 5:00am and headed back into civilization. Coming into the hustle of Johannesburg was a little shocking for me. It was so nice spending time outside with the animals everyday and not really having to worry about times and schedules. But we have some exciting things left in our trip, we’re both really excited to explore some more of Africa!
Today we’re heading to Zambia to see Victoria Falls – this wasn’t originally on our agenda, we added in two nights as part of our trip about 3 weeks ago. Numerous people told us that we couldn’t go to Africa and not see Victoria Falls, so we decided there was probably something we should check out..
We flew from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia and got there in the afternoon. We decided to stay at more of a hostel type place, it was called Jollyboys Backpackers Camp. We weren’t sure if we should upgrade to a fancier place, as most of the people traveling after the marathon were doing something fancier, but went with it and are glad we did! It was really cute, and totally comfortable, they served food there which made it easy to just wake up and go to breakfast and also had a pub quiz on the first night- a good way to be social at the hotel vs just going to your room.
We booked a sunset cruise with our friends from New Zealand for the evening, but didn’t end up getting on the same boat.. not sure how that happened. BUT.. our boat got to see elephants! so really, I didn’t mind. They said that it’s rare to see elephants on a sunset cruise, so we were very lucky! They must have known how sad I was that I didn’t see them and came out just for me.
Getting on the plane to go to Zambia.. It was strange, we waited at the gate and then got on a bus and took the bus here to get on the plane.
Here’s our little room at Jollyboys – it’s called Guinea Fowl.
Inside of our room.. notice the mosquito net? The mosquitos were kind of bad here, but nothing like some areas in Minnesota in the summer! It was also winter, so we’re both thinking they’ll be worse in Zambia’s summer. Don’t worry.. we’ve been taking our malaria pills!
You could also stay in these places, but they didn’t have a bathroom, and we chose to stay in one that did.
They had about 3 cats who lived there, this one we named Zambia. She was the most social of the kitties, the rest of them were kind of afraid. I wanted to invite her to our room for the night, but didn’t think that was allowed.
Sunset cruise – our boat was called the Lion King! We later learned this was one of the best cruises to take, because they had live music and traveled the farthest on the Zambezi river. Add in the elephant sighting and we were really LUCKY! Special thanks to Jen, Christian, Ellen and Sammy for the Christmas gift that we used to go on this part of our trip!
Our boat was called the Lion King and had the African theme going pretty strong..
Another Mr. Chompers Crocodile, not quite as fat as the one we saw yesterday, huh?
Here’s a lot of hippos – Chris was excited about these because he didn’t get to see them in Entabeni.
This is a mama and a baby – the baby is in the back and will normally sit on the mama’s back until they can touch the ground. When hippos are in deep water, they stand on their back legs and float – they’re actually not very good swimmers and mostly float or walk under water. Learn more.
They were crossing the river – there’s a baby in there! Look second from the right.
Most of the elephants had crossed and these two goofballs stayed around playing in the water. The one deeper in the water is splashing the other one. Cute!
The sun actually set before the elephants, but here it is. This is the Zambia river at sunset. And no, Mom.. it doesn’t look like Campers Paradise.
When we got back to our hostel, they were having a pub quiz night, so we joined in. We joined a couple that was from Chicago. Our team came in 2nd to last.. we weren’t very good, but had a lot of fun and were happy that the hostel offered it!