Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Southern Africa
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On my trip to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, I was blessed to be given the opportunity to walk around with and stroke some lion cubs. They are true magnificent animals, and one can see the gentleness in them, yet can see close up the size of the paws, the claws and the teeth which become vital killing tools for them as they grow up.
As I have a couple of encounters with them in the wild where there is no difference between you and all the other walking food, it was great to be able to interact with these cubs very close up who were very peaceful and relaxed.
Allan Rufus walking and holding a lions tail
Allan Rufus stroking a young lion cub
A lion cub
Stroking a young lion cub
Me and a young lion cub
Allan Rufus walking with a lion cub
A young lion on a sand mound
They are already aware sitting on raised areas to get a good view of their surroundings which will serve them later in life to see their breakfast, lunch or dinner walking past.
Victoria Falls from the air
After walking with the lions, I took a helicopter flight to have a look at the Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya- the Smoke that Thunders), one the great natural wonders of the world. The Zambezi river flows over the falls which is 1708 m in length and 108 m high. On the one side of the river is Zimbabwe, and the other side is Zambia. The Zambezi River starts up in Zambia and is 2574km long, and is the 4th largest river in Africa (1st. Nile – 6,695 km. 2nd Congo – 4,700 km. 3rd.Niger – 4,200 km ). The river flows through Eastern Angola, Eastern Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and releases itself in the Indian ocean after flowing through Mozambique.
Victoria Falls front view from the air
I have seen this awesome river in its many states, and must say in rainy season when this mighty river is in full flow it’s something to behold, and the amount of water flowing over these falls is mind blowing. I highly recommend coming to see them in rainy season, although not the best time to come on safari, as there is so much water, the animals do not have to come to the water holes, rivers or other places they need to frequent everyday during the dry season.
The Helicopter I took over the Falls
Allan Rufus and stone carving of Buddha
Zimbabwe is well known for its stone carvings, and some of the Zimbabwean people are very artistic creating not only stone sculptures/carvings, but also wooden sculptures/carvings too.
Stone face carvings
Reflecting on my day
After an amazing day of fun and adventure, it was time to go back to the hotel and reflect on the day gone past and settle in with some cocktails as the fiery red sun sets. The day time animals will start to settle as well, and the night animals will start to stir, where the calls of the hyenas and the roar of the lions will start to reverberate around the night sky.
There is no place like Africa! 🙂
Vervet monkeys are very common and very inquisitive. They are always on the search for open hotel rooms, which could offer lunch for them. Their climbing abilities are amazing to watch as they climb up the walls of the multi-story hotel building in search for food!
Loads more to come, so please join me along my journey….
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