|Where to today????|
|The Zimbabwe Boarder from Zimbabwe.|
Taking any car into Zimbabwe needs a little preparation, as I stated earlier if you are hiring a Car and then want to cross a boarder out of South Africa, you will have to organise this with the hire car company BEFORE YOU TRY TO CROSS as you will have to show the customs officer the following;
- A letter of confirmation from the hire car company, with your name on it, allowing you to cross boarders.
- The Certificate of Registration in respect of the vehicle you have hired, make sure you check that it is the certificate for the car you have hired and has the correct Registration number, engine number ect on it BEFORE you leave the car hire office!
- A letter of Authority from the bank / financial services if the vehicle is still under finance.
- Also to go into Zimbabwe you have to have two reflective warning triangles that conform to the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) placed at the front and rear of a vehicle in the event of a breakdown. According to the published guideline, the triangles must bear a serial number, name of the manufacturer and year of manufacture. All vehicles must carry an SAZ-approved fire extinguisher in a visible and accessible place in the cab of the vehicle as well as red and white reflectors. White reflectors are to be used at the front of the vehicle and red reflectors are to be used at the back of the vehicle.
First the basic Visa Fee, $30 for a single entry visa, each. Then the fees for the car, the Tempory Import Permit, The Carbon tax, 3rd party insurance, and something on a blue Express Cargo Clearing Services (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) paper , it all came to US$ 305.00. So dully fleeced of all our US Dollar we entered Zimbabwe. We were stopped at our first road block about one mile past the border, where a plain clothed police man checked all the paperwork that had cost us $305.00 then nodded and waved us on! Welcome to Zimbabwe.
The road to Victoria Falls was a straight tar road and it was in a good state of repair. In less than an hour we arrived at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. This lodge is located a little way oou of the twom of Victoria Falls. Prior to my visit, I found all of the hotels in Victoria Falls to be quite expensive. On arriving in Victoria Falls it was apparent that I need not have pre booked as there was a lot of accommodation available, ranging from a basic campsite and back packers lodges to the grand Victoria Falls Hotel. However, Check in at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was easy and they let us check in early. The room was fantastic, it was over two floors with a sitting area and balcony looking out over the watering hole and small bathroom downstairs. Then a large bedroom with 4 poster bed and full bathroom with Jacuzzi bath on the top floor! We had been up graded to a suite, and it was very nice.
I was in Victoria Falls to visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Victoria Falls and to meet friends. One of whom was doing a bungee jump from the bridge that separates Vic Falls from Zambia.
From the hotel we drove the short distance to The Victoria Falls National Park, as we were tourists we paid the tourist rate in US $ to go to the park. Once through the gates you follow the path and walk to the falls. We followed the route that starts at the statue of Davis Livingstone, then made our way along the path, seeing the falls from all the view points. We had hired large rain coats and an umbrella and although they looked ridiculous, with the volume of water that was cascading over the ridge and the spray that was produced, we would have been soaked to the skin without the garments. With my feeble writing skills I am not going to describe the falls, plenty of authors have done that. All I will say is that it is a sight every one of us should see before we depart from the earth, so just go! (it’s what credit cards are for!).
|The reason you go to Zimbabwe?|
|The Grand Victoria Falls Hotel|
|Cape to Cairo Milk Jug |
It is not clear, but this one is a Sphinx, a bridge and a Lion.
|Afternoon Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel|
|The falls as seen from The Victoria Falls Hotel|
|Cape to Cairo by Train???|
|Or flying Boat from Southampton, BOAC.....|
Reluctantly it was time to leave and go back to our hotel for a few G and Ts as the sun set over the watering hole. Basically the end to a perfect day in a perfect place, I will be back!