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Day 82, Victoria Falls....

After deciding to stay another day I was up early for breakfast and a walk into town for a microlight scenic flight over the Falls. Unfortunately, the breeze and drizzle didn't allow it - not meant to be?! I returned to our cottage for discussions on our future itinerary. Later Marty went golfing and we lunched at Wimpy's before a couple of hours shopping for bags, glasses and curio browsing. We had to fill in the day by playing cards at Explorers. Marty re-joined us for tea at Pie City before boarding our night train south. We read, talked more shit and had a vodka before a good kip. All the boys rated our time at Victoria Falls!

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Day 81, Victoria Falls

More hilarities and reminiscing over a beans and bacon brekkie before heading to the Explorer pub with Cooch to catch the final hours of a close New Zealand victory over South Africa like from 'Brook! The girls left for their flight to Johannesburg. We visited colonial and stately Victoria Falls Hotel for a gin and tonic and brilliant views. Our afternoon involved a hot three hour walk up the Zambezi to crocodile farm. Captive crocodiles, ostrich, leopard and lions provided slight thrills - especially watching angry crocodiles feeding. Spent sunset at idyllic Safari Lodge, providing brilliant views but few game. Another big feed at Saddles. Shaved off my goatie finally - left a moustache.

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Day 80, Victoria Falls

After a slow start to the day we wandered through town to the Victoria Falls Park area. For a US$10 fee we were treated to spectacular views of the falls and the amazing volume of water falling 100 metres into the fierce gorge. Got some photos amongst the veil of mist. Great viewing worthy of many superlatives and "angel's gazes". We dried out over big dinner and walk back. Learnt that my Irish dreams were not to be! Soon treated my disappointment by boofing beers on our two hour Zambezi booze cruise. We got our $300 worth! Followed up by more drinks at Explorers and a very entertaining evening.

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Day 78, ....Victoria Falls

The journey was slow, yet comfortable. We passed time with cards, quiet beers and reading. Scenery was mainly dense bush - spotted some critters as we passed through Hwange National Park. Soon found a tidy cottage for accommodation - all self-contained and cosy for seven of us. Went for big brekkie and booked a boarding trip on mighty Zambezi. Afternoon involved watching Kate hurl herself 111 metres off the bridge. Amazing to see the falls and gorges with its cooling sprays. Went shopping then straight to Explorers Pub. Our good intent of quiet night and big feed didn't eventuate! Beers, yarns, quick pizza, cob, cob and still pretty early night.

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Day 77, Bulawayo...

We got into the mood by watching an early morning wildlife video and good breakfast. Our tour guide, Mike, picked us up - 9.00 am - for our 60 minute drive to idyllic Matopo National Park. It was exciting to begin game spotting from the roof of our van again. We spotted white rhino immediately, rock hyrax, warthog, impala, zebra, waterbuck, crocodiles, baboon, and enjoyed a good lunch. Our afternoon comprised of a visit to rock paintings in Pamongwe Cave (between 2,000-10,000 years old) and Cecil Rhodes grave site and a "View of the World". We finished our enjoyable trip at KFC before leaving beautiful Bulawayo by night train - 7.00 pm.

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