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Elephants, Crocs, and Hippos (and More Elephants)

I was skeptical about signing up for a day trip to Chobe National Park during my visit to Victoria Falls. Everyone knows that wild animals sleep during the day and the best times to see them are early morning and late afternoon. I was afraid that paying $175 to visit Chobe between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. would be a waste of money. I was so wrong. I have never seen so many wild animals in my life, especially my favorite wild animal: the elephant. Elephant family.

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Crossing a River Where Four Countries Meet

There is a place called Kazungula, at the intersection of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four countries meet. Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and a tiny strip of Namibia all come together in one spot. (Side note: A point where four borders meet is called a quadripoint. There is some controversy as to whether or not Kazungula is a legitimate quadripoint, for reasons too complicated to explain in this post. Read more here. But if Kazungula is indeed a quadripoint, then it’s the only four-country quadripoint in the world.) During my recent visit to Victoria Falls, my friend and I took a day trip to Botswana to visit Chobe National Park. The Chobe trip was incredible and I’ll tell you about it in my next post. But first let me tell you about the border crossing.

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Vic Falls Do’s and Don’ts: Zimbabwe Edition

Read parts 1 and 2 of this series. Livingstone, Zambia, was home base during my recent visit to Victoria Falls. But one of the great things about visiting the Falls is that they border both Zimbabwe and Zambia and it’s easy (for most people) to cross between the two countries. My two friends — Michelle #1 and Michelle #2 — and I hopped across the Zambia border into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (the town on the Zim side is called Victoria Falls), and spent the day there. Here are some do’s and don’ts for Zimbabwe daytrippers.

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Vic Falls Do’s and Don’ts: Zambia Edition

Read parts 1 and 3 of this series. I recently took a short holiday to Victoria Falls, based from Livingstone, Zambia. Other than booking a B&B, I did virtually no research or preparation before arriving in Zambia. Thus, I learned many valuable lessons about what one should and shouldn’t do when visiting Vic Falls. Here is part one of my list of do’s and don’ts. DO check the Zambia visa requirements before leaving. DON’T forget your yellow fever vaccination certificate. I woke up on the morning of my flight to Livingstone and suddenly remembered that I would need to buy a Zambian visa upon arrival. I googled and realized the visa costs US$50. I had no U.S. dollars at home. Fortunately I had just enough time before my flight boarded to exchange some rand for dollars at the Forex desk in the airport.

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Victoria Falls Teaser

Read parts 2 and 3 of this series. I just got back from a quick trip to Victoria Falls and the surrounding area. I visited three countries in four days, saw some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen on this continent, and took more than 2,300 photos, most of which I’ve hardly looked at yet. I’ll be writing several posts about the trip but I’m too tired to get into it now. Here are a few photos to get things started. Victoria Falls from the Zambia side.

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