We woke up in Zambia and had breakfast at our hostel – we’ve learned to love breakfast at the same place we’re staying, makes it easy to just go eat and then go back to the room and get ready for the day. The hostel offers free shuttles every day at 10:00 to Victoria Falls, so we were planning on that and planned to stay all day to get the most out of the falls.
The Zambezi river (which Victoria Falls is on) borders Zambia and Zimbabwe and you can see the falls from both sides of the river. In our research, there’s plenty of debates out there on which side has the better views, so we had to go check it out for ourselves. You can walk across a bridge to go between countries, so we figured we’d give it a try and get another passport stamp too.
We finished the day REALLY glad we decided to add in this part of our trip. Victoria Falls is something not to miss. I might just haha at Minnehaha next time.. This was like that times 1,000, maybe even more.
I will warn you.. this post gets a little video heavy.. Victoria Falls was pretty amazing and we got out of hand with videos and photos.. We’ll start out the post with this video, taken from the Zambia side from the “Danger Point” across the Knife Edge Bridge. Theres’s really something special here.
Here’s one of our first views of the falls from the Zambia side – this is from the top before the water goes down the falls. You’ll notice the mist, that’s from the falls.
The company Chris works for (Surge) likes to show off where their shirts travel to, here it is at Victoria Falls!
We knew to bring rain coats, but should really have brought rain ponchos and flip flops.
Crossing this bridge to an island where we could get another view of the falls was REALLY wet. It felt like a ride at Valleyfair where there’s a sign that “you will get wet on this ride” like The Flume or Thunder Canyon. Like water coming in all directions and you can’t do anything about it!
This video explains it pretty well. You’ll see me running away in the very beginning of the video.
Ok, I got a little braver in this one. Totally soaked with rain.
Here’s some of the views we got after our water soaked adventure. I’d say it was worth it!
Taken shortly after the video at the start of this post.
After we’d seen plenty of the falls from above, we hiked down to the river where the water goes, this area is called the Boiling Pot – it’s where the water forms a whirlpool and deep trench in the river. Above me you’ll see the bridge we’ll later cross when we go to the Zimbabwe side of the falls.
Both of our feet were pretty prune-y and soggy from our water adventure, so we stopped for a little bit to get them some air. Chris hates wet feet, he was grouchy, good thing I had a secret stash of chocolate to feed him in our backpack. 🙂
We took a break for lunch at a cafe just outside the park – we had french fries and cheese, onion and tomato sandwiches. They really weren’t that good. One slice of American cheese, 1 slice of onion and a piece of tomato, which made the toasted bread pretty soggy. We had to keep an eye out for monkeys while we ate, though I would have been happy to give him some sandwich!
After lunch, we noticed some Zebras in the park next door, we went and asked if we could go see them (we saw other people do this first) and they let us in – said it was a hotel’s private property, but we could go in. These Zebras weren’t afraid of very much!
Funny face. Also look at his cool mowhawk haircut.
We crossed the bridge to the Zimbabwe side of the falls – that was kind of scary. No time for photos during the crossing as we were passing trucks and cars and lots of people were trying to sell us stuff or ask us for money. When we got to the border we had to go through customs/immigration and that’s no time for photos either. We made it though and this shot was waiting for us after we did.
Another photo from the Zimbabwe side – we didn’t have a whole lot of time here because we wanted to be sure to allow enough time to cross the border again while it was still light out.
Here’s a photo from our walk back to Zambia, you’ll see the Welcome to Zambia sign above Chris’s head..