Fly to Zimbabwe and afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River

Friday, January 30th ~ Introduction to Zimbabwe

After breakfast at the hotel we load into two small vans for our transport to the Johannesburg airport. We shlepped our own luggage to the main reception area and I am once again thankful that we are traveling with carry-on sized roller board suitcases.

It was quite a challenge to arrange all of our luggage, plus passengers into the small vans. We were all grateful that it was a short drive from the hotel to the airport since we were crammed in like sardines with luggage filling every spare inch.

Crowded into the van

Crowded into the van 

Not an inch to spare

Not an inch to spare

We were booked on Fly Africa for an hour and forty minute flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Welcome to Zimbabwe!

On arrival in Zimbabwe, we had a larger bus that would accommodate all 22 of us, including Brian and our driver. The bus was also towing a small trailer that would hold our larger pieces of luggage. We still kept our small backpacks with us inside the bus.

A bit of a drive to our hotel, where we checked in and then had a two-hour Sunset Cruise on the River Zambezi. We did spot several hippos along the way, but mainly this was a chance to visit, get to know our fellow travelers a little better, relax over drinks and enjoy some snacks.

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

Scanning the water and shoreline looking for hippos, crocodiles, or birds

Scanning the water and shoreline looking for hippos, crocodiles, or birds

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The yawn is a warning sign

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Two hippos near the shore

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful that I had a chance to get to know some of my fellow travelers better. Our group is starting to come together. After a couple of jam-packed days, it was nice to have a more relaxed day!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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9 Responses to Fly to Zimbabwe and afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River

  1. Fab! Victoria Falls is definitely on our list of things to do when we move to South Africa. ..

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  2. kalison0515 says:

    Love your photos! Which tour company did you use?

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    • Thank you. We used two different companies. For the first 12 days in South Africa and Swaziland we were with Gate 1. Highly recommend them. Well run company, excellent guides and great value for the money. We have gone on 8 or 9 trips with them now. Next we used Msuna Safari for our 12 days in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. The price was fabulous, but the company is new and they still have a few things to sort out to turn them into a quality trip.

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  3. Tiny says:

    Vic Falls has been one of our favorite places to visit! Been there many times over the years. Looking fwd to visiting again through your next post.

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    • Tiny, how fortunate that you have been there many times. Do you have a favorite spot from which to take it all in? Have you been brave enough to get into the water at the top of the falls? I have seen pictures of people doing that, but it looked quite hairy. Perhaps that is during the dry season???

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      • Tiny says:

        Oh…the walking across – even in the dry season – is very dangerous. Many people have died trying. My hubby did that once when he was down there on work trip “with the boys”. And only confessed afterwards. Not recommended!

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      • I thought it looked incredibly dangerous, but was surprised to see pictures of others in the “pool” at the top. Glad your hubby is safe!

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