An Afternoon at Victoria Falls August 15th, 2013
After our flight from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg, South Africa we took a relatively short flight to Victoria Falls (only 1200 kilometers). The next day we spent some time orienting ourselves to our new reality. We were staying in a camp ground for a couple of days before heading out on a truck with Oasis Overland Tours. Our trip would take us over land through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and south to Cape Town, South Africa.
Painting streams, rivers and waterfalls are some of my favorite subjects and so a day exploring at Victoria Falls was an inspiring way to kick off a month in Southern Africa. In the western section of the park is a monument to Dr. David Livingstone a Scottish pioneer, and missionary explorer. The monument credits him to “discovering” Victoria Falls which is maybe a British Colonialist perspective when you consider that the locals who had probably lived there for hundreds of years called the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya. So maybe he was the first European to see the falls.
We saw our first monkey’s in the park called Vervet monkey’s and as you would expect they do very well for themselves feeding on handouts from all the tourists. We saw this in the Amazon Rain Forest in Ecuador and with the Baboon’s at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. All along our trip I erred on the cautious side by keeping a safe distance from our monkey friends.
As a former white water raft guide I was very aware that just below Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of the greatest rafting day trips on the planet. If you are an adrenaline junkie this is the trip for you. Sadly I only had one day to do this and we decided that since I have done hundreds of rafting trips that we would go walking with lions as this would be a more unique experience. This will be my next blog story and was one of the great highlights of our trip to Southern Africa.