Safari 2018, A Touring and Hunting Combo Part 5

by david on June 26, 2019

5Tuesday, September 11

We slept in a little the next morning and skipped the free breakfast at the outdoor buffet.  We had reservations for brunch at the overlook café. If you are ever in the Victoria Falls area, this is a “must see and do” place.  The café is a thatched lodge that hangs out over the gorge below the falls. When I said “hangs out’ I mean hangs out. The building is built on stilts and cantilevers and projects well out over the cliff face and into the gorge proper.  The food was very good and the scenery was unbeatable.

After brunch John and Barbara went for a helicopter ride over the falls while Janice and I opted to visit some of the local shops.  I have to compliment my wife as she exhibits all the qualities of a top shelf PH when she is shopping. If she is shopping for a specific item, her gaze is focused, her concentration is steady and unwavering, and her tracking skills are inescapable.  Today, however, we were after a mixed plains game bag and walked leisurely from shop to shop looking for whatever sparked her interest. We had a pleasant afternoon as I watched her display her expertise at finding things to purchase.

We met back up with John and Barb in time for the “Royal Zambezi” sundown cruise.  The Royal cruise is the upgraded regular Zambezi sundowner cruise, and the extra $27 is well worth it.  The bar was full of name brands rather than the cheap stuff and the hors d’oeuvres were plentiful and very, very good.  I heartily recommend the upgrade. The wildlife was more abundant than the last time Janice and I did this. Plenty of crocodiles, hippos, and elephants.  Birds and waterfowl were also well represented. We had a wonderful evening drinking, eating, and relaxing all while watching the local wildlife and a gorgeous sunset.   By the time we were back at the dock, we had eaten so well we decided to cancel the dinner reservations we had and go back to the hotel. The girls had dessert, and John and I enjoyed brandy and cigars.

I want to add a quick footnote here.  Lovemore and the staff at Wild Horizons www.wildhorizons.co.za did a bang-up job of taking care of us while we were in Vic Falls.  The sundown cruise, helicopter ride and transfers all went smooth as silk.

Crocodile Kabobs at the Overlook Café Crocodile Kabobs at the Overlook Café The view down into the Victoria Falls Gorge from the Overlook Café. If you look around the edges you can see some of the supports holding up the outside of the café. The view down into the Victoria Falls Gorge from the Overlook Café. If you look around the edges you can see some of the supports holding up the outside of the café.

 

 

 

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