Today is day 7 of #BOTY2018 and the topic simply says “Experience”. I love love love travelling and so the first thing that came to mind is travel. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much travelling in 2018. I only left the country once, imagine! I did however, go to Victoria Falls for a few days in November for the Computer Society of Zimbabwe annual Summer School. This was probably my fourth or fifth time in Victoria Falls and as always, Vic Falls is a lot of fun.
My organisation hosted a dinner for the 275 delegates at the famous Boma restaurant. Too much fun was had this night, singing, dancing, playing drums and of course tasting unusual food. I tried some crocodile again for the second time to see if I would like it this time round. I didn’t. It tastes like a cross between chicken and fish. Not for me.
We also went for 2 hour-long sunset cruise on the Zambezi Explorer which was fabulous. Drinks were flowing and people were HAPPY! We got to see some hippo as well as a herd of elephants (my totem )on the shore. I was thrilled to see a couple of African fish eagles. Those birds are actually huge! (Fun fact: The African fish eagle is called hungwe in Shona and is in fact, the Zimbabwe bird 😎 ). The best part of the cruise was of course the gorgeous sunset!
Mr & Mrs Hippo and family
There is a myriad of things to do in Vic Falls and you need to be there for a few days if you want to cover most of these things (Watch the Travel tab, I’ll be putting up a post on things to do in Victoria Falls soon 😉 ). As I was there for Summer School, most of my time was spent indoors listening to and learning from the various speakers as well as manning my organisation’s stand. This wasn’t entirely a bad thing as Victoria Falls is one of the hottest places in the country and November is the peak of summer. It was literally BLAZING outside. The conference ended on a Friday and we were flying out on the Sunday (because all flights back to Harare on Friday evening and the whole of Saturday were full). We decided to spend Saturday morning visiting the falls.
Even though this was my fourth or fifth time in Vic Falls, setting my eyes on the actual falls is always breath-taking. I usually visit at the tail end of the rainy season when the falls are at their most powerful and majestic. However, November is low water season and you don’t even really need a raincoat as you walk through the rain forest as there isn’t much spray from the falls. This however, doesn’t take away from the fall’s beauty. At this time of year, you also get to clearly see the Zambian side and the CRAZY people chilling in the devil’s pool . You can also quite clearly see down the length of parts of the gorge which is not possible during high water season due to the spray from the falls.
Danger Point at the Victoria Falls
My friend who lives in Kasane, Botswana, decided to come down on Saturday so we could have a night of shenanigans. We wanted to go for the Mokoomba show at 3 Monkeys but apparently it was for those with reservations only and we didn’t have a booking (which was b/s because some other guys we know managed to get in way after us). But since we’re not drama queens we decided to just let it go and we went to Pariah State instead. Let me take this opportunity to say Pariah Victoria Falls needs to teach Pariah Avondale Harare a thing or twenty. The food was good, the drinks were great and the waiter was very attentive. Unfortunately I have forgotten his name or else I would have given him a shout out. Keep up the excellent work Pariah Vic Falls! (Watch out for my post tomorrow on my horrid experience at Pariah Avondale, Harare).
The only downside of the whole trip was the unending droves of rabid mosquitos. Guys! Just thinking about them is making my skin crawl! I don’t know what is going on this year because for all the times I have been to Vic Falls, this was the first time I experienced such a problem with mosquitos. My advice is to carry your own very strong repellant because the one they provide in the rooms does absolutely nothing!
All in all, this was a great little getaway for me and a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle in Harare. The CSZ Summer School was also very informative and I look forward to attending again next year. 😀