The market at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After visiting Victoria Falls, we were driven to an open-air market. Our tour group was given a half-hour to shop, but Sam and I decided to leave the tour and stay longer. We’d arranged for a helicopter tour to pick us up at nearby Ilala Lodge in a couple of hours. In total, I spent … Continue reading

Photographs of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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These two pictures of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge were provided courtesy of fellow traveler, Michael Saltman. An open air dining room overlooks the watering hole. One evening, even though the sun had set, we were able to view wildlife through our binoculars. On one side of the water was a herd of 16 elephants. On … Continue reading

Welcome to Zimbabwe

We flew into Zimbabwe, climbed off the airplane, and walked across the tarmac to open-air customs building. It was swelteringly hot inside. There were three lines. One for returning Zimbabweans, one for those needing a single-entry visa, and one for those needing a double-entry visa. Since we planned to visit Chobe National Park in Botswana, … Continue reading

Notes from my journal – Johannesburg, South Africa

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Notes from my journal about our drive through Johannesburg: A lot of trash in the streets and gutters. Billboards advertising “Gentlemen’s Clubs.” Dingy-looking buildings with peeling paint and broken windows. Massive, warehouse-style buildings purchased at a low price by the Chinese and manned by Nigerians. Known as “China malls.” The bus driver kept saying that … Continue reading