Day 4: A Warm Welcome to Victoria Falls Safari Club
While still reminiscing the wonderful time spent in the Safari, we moved on to our next adventure to capture the beauty of one of the Wonder of the Natural World, Victoria Falls. In my last 2 posts, I shared more about discovering fun facts of animals in the great big bushes, this blog post is all about TIPS! I shall be sharing some tips to help anyone who wants to enjoy Vic falls to the fullest.
TIP 1: Beware of Domestic Flights ( South African Airlink )
The prices of the domestic flights can vary DRAMATICALLY within the day, so do some research online to check on the pricing before committing to the tickets. On top of that as they are usually charged in South African Rand (ZAR), the exchange rate can be a factor to consider as there is usually no direct exchange rate applied for most remittances/ credit cards. (I think they will take your SGD and charge it to USD before changing the payment currency back to ZAR) It was an approximate mere 1.5hr domestic flight from Kruger Mpumalanga to Livingstone Airport but even with that short duration , I personally did not enjoy the domestic flights as the planes were not clean especially the toilets #alilgross So good to have manage your expectations on these flights.
After clearing the border control, we finally reached the beautiful Victoria Falls Safari Club to rest our feet.
Look at the GORGEOUS setting! This is where we would be having our breakfasts and tea breaks!
Once again, we are so impressed with Safari365 for their choices of our accommodations 🙂
It is quite amazing that when we looked back at these pictures we took, they look almost exactly like the ones in the itinerary Safari365 sent to us. I must admit to this skeptical singaporean syndrome in me, assuming that whatever you see on such pictures, they are too good to be true #realisticmax
The balcony overlooks the bushes nicely, allowing you the privilege to stare into this vast space of wilderness at your own comfort.
TIP 2: Sunset Cruise on Ra-Ikane- Hmm maybe NOT
Next we headed for our scheduled Sunset Cruise on Ra-Ikane as part of the itinerary. Before taking up Safari365, we researched on a few other tours packages and this Sunset Cruise appears almost in every itinerary, so sounds like a#mustdo right? Although it was indeed a beautiful capture of the sunset but we genuinely feel that it was perhaps more suited for retirees who may enjoy the slow cruise along Zambezi River. Also we are pretty spoilt by the sunsets in the safari bushes and even at my own home’s balcony #yesabithaolian so I guess we were not that impressed huh. On the hindsight, we would have exchanged this tour for more time spent on Victoria Falls as there can be many more exciting activities for us.
A nice sunset captured on this cruise( actually its like a big sanpan #lol nothing fancy )
Day 5: Wonder of the Natural World, Victoria Falls. Checkbox ticked!!!
The next morning, we got all excited to tick our checkbox – One of the Wonders of the Natural World, Victoria Falls!!! #gasp This wonder is also known as Mosi oa Tunya ( the smoke that thunders ) #coolmax, was named by explorer David Livingstone in 1855 after his queen. So Safari365 planned for a Victoria falls tour and we finished the tour is less than 2 hours time and headed for the helicopter ride in the afternoon. While the scheduled tour of the falls can be quite refreshing with mists of the waters from the waterfalls landing on your face as you walked, this beauty with a 1708 meters width made us realise that the best way to capture her is via a helicopter ride. Our initial itinerary was planned for elephant back rides along the edge of Zambezi river but we decided to give this up ( after hearing from our safari friends how such acts are often a torture for the animals ). In exchange we requested for the “Flight of Angels”-Helicopter flight over Victoria falls, that offered us the best view of this stunning beauty. Quite awesome to get a bird’s eye view on this wonderful gift from Nature!
They say Somewhere over the Rainbowwwww……
However, we do feel that our Victoria Falls could have been more fun if we had more time as 2 days at Vic Falls is rather short to cover the exciting adventures we wished we had partake. If you are looking for a fun-filled, adrenaline rush sort of activities in Victoria Falls, you can consider the following tip! 🙂
TIP 3 : Activities worth trying at Victoria Falls
1.Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
2.White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River ( half day or full day activity )
3. Devil’s Pool – Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls ( half day activity)
Some of the activities like water rafting and devil’s pool is done in the morning and thus do take note of this when you plan for a stay in Vic falls. We were dying to try the Devil’s Pool but have no chance! Hopefully the next time!!
Having said that, we ended a wonderful night in Victoria Falls enjoying the first Native African dinner ever- The Boma Dinner & Drum Show! And yes being shy as Asians we did not dance to the cheerful beats of African music but we took up the challenge to eat a Macimbi- Morpane worm!!! And I found out later what we ate was erm UNCOOKED!! #GASP #omg # whattodoeatliao
That is me acting like the pot is too heavy hahhaha!
And yes they dressed us up in this huge erm”sarong” looking like clothes and painted our faces to get into the”African mood” #lol
Roasted pig in South Africaaa!!
We did not know what this means untilll…
This is the fried version. #twistylookalike
Okie, kinda certifies my hubs did it…#gasp
As an evidence of my brave act, here’s a video of me “enjoying” the rubbery texture of the worm. It is like chewy slimy and yes I found out much later that the ones we ate were UNCOOKED worms #gasp #faint
This is our Nth attempt to capture the magnificent water falls #notsuccessful
To the next Vic falls trip in future!!!
Next post, I would be sharing the Sand Boarding adventure we had in LOVELY CAPE TOWN and the 2 amazing accommodations that we could not forget, can’t wait to share MOREE!