Day 11: Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana too…

Day 11: Monday, 27 April 2020 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (17.9318° S, 25.8256° E) (31 Covid-19 cases & 4 deaths in all of Zimbabwe as of today)

Good News Monday!
-Aspirin may reduce digestive tract cancers by 22-to-38%!
-The Hubble telescope celebrates its 30th birthday still sending us great space pics
-My horoscope said it was going to be a 5-star day!
-Harmful toxic air pollutant has dropped as much as 60 percent in some parts of the globe!
-New Zealand claims victory over Covid-19 within its borders! (Do you think they’ll let us in now?)
-Pamela has four baked goods available this morning: chocolate caramel brownies, date bars, peanut butter cookies and biscotti!
Homeland finally ended!

We decided to head south into Africa! We’re like that…keep our travelers off balance while they are out of their comfort zones as much as possible for 23-days.

You actually can get from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Victoria Falls (VFA), of course you can, it takes 10 hours with a quick plane change in Johannesburg (JNB). Frankly, you can get anywhere from anyplace these days. Well, at least you could pre-Covid-19…as the future is unwritten.

I visited Zimbabwe once when billion and trillion dollar bills were all that was left of their sad local currency, it was a tough time; no visitors = no revenue. So, I actually had the entire Hwange National Park to myself (except for that lurking lion at 3am) for the days I was there–a solo safari goer…at the nation’s largest, with over over 100 mammal and 400 bird species spread out over 14,561 km2 (5,600 sq miles). Spectacularity unbelievable.

Thank you my Camp Hwange mates…

If you ever get the chance, visit Hwange National Park!

Now that is not to say take anything away from the great parks of neighboring Botswana (Okavango, Moremi, Makgadikgadi & Chobe) and Zambia (too many to name but two I love are Kafue & Luangwa) are equally amazing too, I just had such a great time with the place absolutely to my selfish self. Luckier than a…

Today’s set of memories come from Jim & Betty aka NOLA Second Line who joined us in 2018 to this part of Africa.

“Even though Jim and I had been in Victoria Falls in August 2017, it was nice to be back to this interesting Zimbabwe-Zambia-Botswana area during the wet season. Kim and Gilles (team Leo & the Crab) were with us. We enjoyed seeing their reaction and for us it was a nice comparison between wet and dry. Both have their merits but if we had to vote—wet edges out dry. On the way back we dilly dallied and Kim and Gilles went ahead. At that point we met this family of locals visiting the falls and have been in touch since. The heartwarming part of this was that they contacted us a couple of weeks ago to see how we are faring with the Coronavirus. New Orleans has been in the news and these wonderful people were concerned about us! They wanted to know if we are safe. They are also at home following the rules. Meeting people like this is what makes travel so special. Early one morning, Jim and I went on a very special safari leaving the hotel at 6am to visit the Zambezi National Park. Arriving at the Zambezi River before dawn, Jim took this scenic photo of the mist rising off the river. We sat there in that mystical, misty moment enjoying the incredible view and the gorgeous sunrise. It was so worth getting up before dawn. This is a memory etched forever in our minds.”

NOLA Second Line w/Leo & the Crab at the much touted Victoria Falls Hotel
(Thank you Bill. We liked where we stayed much better.)

BTW: The best Victoria Falls hotel is the Batonka Guest Lodge.

Oh yeah…you need a Vic Falls photo:

Tomorrow we continue in Africa but head back north to magical Ethiopia.

Stay safe and well. Till tomorrow…

Please send any memories you want us to post to ringmaster (at) globalscavengerhunt (dot) com