We were excited to come to Livingstone, and Livingstone had a lot in store for us, so we’ll do our best to share it accurately!
After failing to see the sun rise above the horizon despite our best attempt(don’t ask), we piled into the bus at 7AM for our 3.5ish hour trip back south to Livingstone, the ‘tourist capital’ of Zambia. Mostly the team slept…while not rockin’ to the sweet music that was playing!
We unloaded our bags and checked into our rooms at the backpackers’ lodge where we are staying, and then headed for lunch and to Victoria Falls. If you didn’t know, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World…and now we understand why! Pictures don’t really do it justice, but here are a couple just to try.
Breathtaking to say the least.
After wandering around for a while, we began the half mile hike to the bottom where you can sit on big rocks by the surging water and take it all in from a different perspective. And this is when the fun really began…
You see, there were baboons…a lot of them, on the walk down. They are used to humans, so they just walk behind you, in front of you, or just sit and stare at you as you pass a few inches away. We found it fun, scary, hilarious…all of the above! Some of us decided it was a good idea to carry a stick just in case. Needless to say, we made it down without any incidents other than one of our team almost having her lollipop grabbed from her mouth!(Don’t worry, all was fine).
At the bottom we simply took it all in and relaxed, staring up at bungee jumpers plummeting off the bridge that connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. We found a rock big enough for all of us, where we sat for a bit together. A few of the team members thought it’d be fun to hike a bit farther so they dropped their bags behind us and off they went.
Meanwhile, those of us on the rock still, watched them from a distance and continued gazing at the river and would be jumpers…until we heard a man yelling.
The man was trying to get our attention because at some point, a baboon had wondered over a few feet behind us, and was rummaging in the back packs we had set behind us. When we shouted at it, it grabbed one of our bags and took off! We weren’t sure if there was a passport in it or not, but we were not going to let this guy just get away…so we through rocks and chased it up the rocks until it sat down again with the bag. One of the group grabbed a stick and as that happened, the baboon decided he’d done enough and dropped the bag, hopping up into a tree.
So after a few moments of excitement, the bag was now back in our possession, thankful for just having a good story and not having lost anything! At that point we decided it was best to head back up to the top. Tired and a bit sweaty, we returned to our vehicle and headed to do some shopping for some curios to take home.
After a couple hours of bartering…and laughing…all were satisfied with their deals and we headed for showers and supper. As an appetizer we experienced a local delicacy, fried mopane worms(which some of us enjoyed more than others), as well as some crocodile sausage(which tasted like turkey sausage and was quite good actually!). The popular choice for supper was a burger, and we were all happy with our choices…of course leaving room for dessert. Fortunately for us, there is a gelato stand on the walk back to where we are staying, so we had to stop there. Andddd, probably definitely will again tomorrow night!
We ended the night as a team in one of the rooms, discussing our time together, encouraging each other, and closing our time in prayer . It has been an amazing trip, and today was an awesome way to wind up our time here, experiencing the beauty of His creation, together. Speaking of the beauty of God’s creation, tomorrow is our safari, and we cannot wait for that! So off to bed.
Dreaming of lions…