Day of Leisure (?) in Victoria Falls – 2013 MG Tour of Bots and Zim

Angela & Simon of Arrive in Africa - paying attention to details in Victoria Falls
Angela & Simon of Arrive in Africa – paying attention to details in Victoria Falls

Yesterday PJ took Graham Forbes an Mike into the heart of the Victoria Falls Industrial Site to purchase a battery and bulbs, somewhere along the way Mike lost his spectacles. After searching the bedroom with the Fridge …

The Brett's Fridge - produced from nowhere - well done Victoria Falls Hotel
The Brett’s Fridge – produced from nowhere – well done Victoria Falls Hotel

… he drove back into town to see if he had left his specs at the shop to be flagged down by a local in a passing Cressida who was waving specs out of the window. He had found them in the road and was bringing them to the hotel where the whole town now knew the Group of Mgs were based. How’s that for giving one some faith back in Africa?
Shjoe! A busy day for some …Tania convinced Clive and the Boshoff to go down the river rafting with Simon.

The Rafters with Guide, Simon Moyo
The Rafters with Guide, Simon Moyo

Apparently the pitch of Tania’s ‘giggle-ometer’ was directly proportionate to the size of the rapid ahead. Simon-Rafter Extraordinaire with his excellent sense of humour really got the group revved up, paddling frantically without noting that the effort made no impact on the huge current they were riding.

VIP exit up the Gorge
VIP exit up the Gorge

NO – no one injured, just that Clive arranged an alternative “VIP” exit for him and Koos while Tania and Jaco climbed the equivalent of 70 stories back up from the Gorge.

Flying Fox Zipline
Flying Fox Zipline

Kevin “Adrenaline Junkie “ Loader did the Flying Fox Zipline wishing he had gone for the 3 in 1 which includes the Foofie Slide and Gorge Swing which many say is more exciting than the famed Bungee of the Bridge.

Koos and Jaco followed up the Rafting with, a Flight of Angels, then a visit to the Falls which left just enough time for a car wash. Phew – exhausting to watch.

Flight of Angels
Flight of Angels

The heli-flip was a thrill. After 8 years of ‘living’ in the Falls, me (Suzette) had never been up, motivated by the new camera and lens instruction from Kevin, I joined the boys with great photographic results.

Jenny & Kevin spent a few hours with family from Harare in the Vic Falls Safari Hide which was their highlight of the day.

day 5a 011
A group strolled down and through the Vic Falls Rainforest, expecting a gentle, sedate morning out …. The amount of water coming down the Falls is so huge that the top part near the Boiling Pot was so wet one could see for the spray. The visit was awesome in the true sense of the word!
Hence, the Aucor rainjackets, courtesy of Koos.

Guess who?
Guess who?

Dr Livingstone I Presume
Dr Livingstone I Presume

Ray Kirkland & Bessie thoroughly enjoyed the Tram tour to and of the Bridge hosted by Mr Blondin himself.

Mike “Late Again” Brett had to be retrieved for dinner after working on his car in the dark … more on this subject later.

Tomorrow the Forbes’ & Mercer-Todds head off to Bulawayo and the Farm House in Matopos before heading back home. Considering that their party has shrunk significantly (from 18 to 4) the Forbes were quite brave in presenting the following award to Rob …

An Award for Rob Mercer-Todd
An Award for Rob Mercer-Todd

Grateful Rob - we wish you four a safe journey home
Grateful Rob – we wish you four a safe journey home

Rob & Paddy Francis, dear friends and Vic Falls stalwarts, known affectionately as The Fossils joined us for dinner and offered to be the local help line for the remaining 4 departing later, in the event of fuelling issues or whatever resulting from said wooden spoon!

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2 thoughts on “Day of Leisure (?) in Victoria Falls – 2013 MG Tour of Bots and Zim

  1. Dad!! I cant believe you got out of hiking out of the gorge – lazy bones! that is what makes you truly appreciate the whole trip! “Clive arranged an alternative “VIP” exit”

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