Our team decided to use the time that the students had off, for our vacation time and seeing some of the sights of Africa. My friend and teammate James Pruch, took a couple of weeks to go back to the states, wasn’t able to tag along, but the rest of us in Pretoria and one from Durban decided to head up through Botswana to go see Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.
The trip through Botswana was definitely an interesting one, taking us two days to make it to our destination, about 20 hours or so from Pretoria. The second day on the road was the most exciting, with miles of road that looked more like a war torn area than just potholes, seeing elephants along the road and myself getting arrested. (I was let go with a small payment, and if you want to know more just email me and I can tell you the story. Too long for this…) We stayed at the Chobe River Lodge, just at their campsite, but were able to enjoy the surrounding life on the deck of the lodge.
The Chobe River is the separation line between Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. The first full day we were there, we decided to take a boat trip to go see a Namibian village. We really saw the need for Christians to go there and spread the word while living with them. The one cool thing we all noticed was how content they were with life, even when there was so much around them and I am sure people coming to visit them all the time like we did. They didn’t know of anything better and they were fine with that. We also took a boat that had a dinner on it that evening. It was a really relaxing time eating and listening to the different sounds of the night.
The Next day, we went to Zimbabwe, taking a tour guided bus trip to the Victoria falls. It was amazingly huge, definitely one place everyone should see at some point in their life time. Niagara falls is pretty cool, but this sounded like jet engines all around you, it was that loud. Anywhere you would stand, you probably will get wet, there is that much water coming over the falls and misting/spraying all around. There was one place where you could go up on the wet rocks, to look over the ledge and where most of the spray comes to land. I definitely got soaked, but it sure was fun. On the way back to Botswana, we were able to see a few giraffes on the side of the road. There were “Pumbaa’s” all over the place as well, both in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The next day we took a safari boat trip and were able to see a lot of crocks, hippo’s and elephants. It was a relaxing time as we floated along, and we were able to experience an African sunset on the water of which I took plenty of pictures. The following two days were spent driving back home, the first day almost the same as the second day going north, without the arrest. The one almost cool part about the drive was when we came upon a watering hole with about 6-8 elephants there drinking. One that was off to the side was walking towards the road, not knowing we were there. It would have been a great video of the group and an elephant walking across the road; I can already see it on National Geographic. Sadly, we drove off instead of backing up to take position. I guess it will only be in my dreams…