VTT - Zambesi River Sunset Cruise

Monday, July 23, 2012
Zambesi River
How does it go again?

"It's gonna take a lot to take me away from you, there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do, I bless the rains down in Africa, gonna take some time to do the things we never have"

I'm pretty sure that when Toto was writing Africa, they had the mighty Zambesi river in mind.

We were treated to a sunset cruise on our day of arrival at Victoria Falls. The cruise was part and parcel of the discounted accommodation price that we got from the hotel.

We were fetched from the hotel by our transport and duly taken to the harbour where our ship awaited us. It was to be a big drinking session as all alcohol and beverages on board are free. Drink as much as you like. We were also offered a snack buffet. The cruise started at around 4pm and ended at 6pm when the sun set.

It was a quiet enjoyable afternoon, spent marvelling at how serene the whole area felt. A briefing tells us that on the other side of the river lies the town of Livingstone, Zambia. Further ahead is where the main feature of the river can be found - The Victoria Falls. There are a couple of islands on the Zambesi river although they are not inhabited. They are there for the animals.

We were taken to see some birdlife and we even got to see some hippos and crocodiles on the river. One thing I didn't know was that hippos were regarded as Africa's main killer animal. They are vegetarians by nature and so do not really kill people for food. "It is all done for fun!", the captain says. Hippos are territorial and therefore do not like being disturbed within their boundaries. They'd happily charge at you and tilt your boat if you do.

Hippos on the Zambesi River

Around about 6pm, the sun begins to set. And everyone tries to get a picture with the sun set. Our camera was acting up so all our pictures looked like they had lighting issues.

Sunset picture
Nevertheless, we were quite relaxed and refreshed as we got back to our hotel that evening.

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