The Zambezi and the Victoria Falls

The Zambezi River is the lifeline of Zambia, I suppose that the name of the country is derived from the name of the river.

With pride the local beer and a locally sold wine is named after the falls, the Mosi-o-Tunya:

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We followed the river from the Victoria Falls upstream to near the spring in the town of Zambezi (see Sonja’s blog).

On September 5 we have just visited the bridge over the Victoria Falls during the afternoon. We could drive up to the Zambian border post and then walk over the bridge. Wonderful structure …

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From the bridge you can bunjee jump…

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On September 6 we meet Chiwele, a guide in the rhino park at the falls. He is a friend of our friend Hans Withoos. He goes with us to the town of Livingstone in (looking for a new camera lens) and we have lunch at a traditional restaurant, fish and vegetables with Nshima (thick maize porridge), which we eat with our hands.

The next day, September 7 we leave early from the campsite and we are at the falls before 7 am, the first visitors.

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We descend to the “boiling pot” under the bridge where all the water of the falls rumbles through with a huge momentum.

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The falls themselves are not at their greatest, this is the dry season, but still pretty impressive.

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The rest of the day we drive west along the Zambezi. Until Kazangula the road is still well paved, but later it changes into a challenge of asphalt with huge potholes and unpaved parts. We can only do around 30 km/h.

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After Sesheke road gets better, good asphalt where we can progress nicely so that we arrive at Ngonye campsite before sunset.

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The next day, September 8th we continue our trip to Mongu. We stop at the Ngonye falls.

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The rest of the road is worse than stated, but we progress well.

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We cross the Zambezi on a pontoon-ferry.

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Then it’s a challenge to get to the asphalt road again, but Milady manages just fine.

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Mongu appears to be a sort of gathering place of old Land Rovers, we spot quite a few.

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And Milady is also admired

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On September 9 we leave from Mongu to Zambezi,a long stretch where we get to endure a considerable variation in roads. Thereof follows a video. At nightfall we arrive in Zambezi where we find a camping spot at a lodge.

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