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Jumbo Elephant Walk

Written on: Friday July 16th, 2010

A journal entry from: World Cup 2010

Couldn't get enough of the Falls so I crossed over into Zimbabwe for a look from that side. With all that I had heard in the media about the place I was expecting danger around every corner. The only corner I actually found danger was about 2km out of town when I was walking to see a 1500 year old giant boabab. The danger came in the form of four elephants - two of whom were walking away, but the other two stayed and vented their displeasure at my company by trumpeting, stomping and waving their ears. There were a couple of guards at the tree, protecting it and visitors from being pestered too much by souvenir sellers. They were all frightened out of their wits, which I took to mean that I should be too. If the elephants got any angrier they would flatten us. Fortunately they didn't. 

The Falls from the Zimbabwe side were worth the trip over - there was a lot more wildlife over that side - a few warthogs and a pack of mongooses being the highlights.

Returned to Zambia the next day thankful for having two passports (it is free for Irish people to enter Zambia - 55USD for Australians - and much cheaper for Australians to enter Zimbabwe (30 USD compared to 55 for Irish), so it was well worth changing passports on the bridge between the two.

About to fly to Joburg, Melbourne, Canberra in time to get a few hours' sleep before work on Monday.