Along the path leading to the various viewpoints at Victoria Falls, we saw a great sign warning people about the danger of falling over the cliff it they strayed from the paths and crossed the fences. Hopefully nobody is stupid enough to defy the warnings and risk a plunge into the canyon.
There are many baboons around the area of the Park. They are quite a nuisance, although the problem is largely caused by tourists. We saw a male grabbing fruit out of people’s hands with some aggression! The problem is that tourists feed these wild animals, and we also saw two kids teasing a baboon which was behind a fence. It took the angered baboon no time to get over the very high fence storming the two kids.
So, be careful!
How would you like to spoil your travel of a lifetime by the sudden death of one of your party? Doesn’t sound good does it? Throughout Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia’s name for its side of the falls) there is a noticeable absence of gates, fences and barriers to prevent you and gravity creating a fatality. Please make no mistake. A fall in or near the river in this park will be 100% fatal. You can, and I did, go walking out onto the falls themselves during the dry season. The edges are even more slippery do to moisture and the erosion on the stones caused by the river. There is a small iron bridge that does have high barriers, but that’s about it. If broken bones are what you are after, just leave the good quality trails and scramble in amongst the tree roots and baboons. This is less certain to happen.
Please take it easy and if you see someone doing something dangerous – get you camera a ready from a safe distance.
Most parts of Zambia are Malaria Region!
I have had it twice and it is not fun...! If you are traveling in this region take precautions towards Malaria. If you do not take medication in prevention and you have the following symptoms after your return go straight to your doctor and tell him you were in a Malaria region: Flue like symptoms, combined with headache, backache and fever. Remember malaria kills almost a Million people each year and the longer you wait the more the parasite will multiply in your blood – the result is fatal!
Vervet Monkeys and Baboons are found everywhere in Livingstone, including most of the hotel properties and national parks. Do not feed them since they become dependent on humans and eventually become aggressive to obtain food. The result of that would be that they need to be shot! Hence enjoy them – from a distance!
You will find, particularly at Victoria Falls itself, that there are a number of people who offer to serve as your tourist guide. However, they are NOT official tour guides, and some of the places they offer to take you may not be safe to visit. For example, I was offered a visit to Livingstone Island by an individual, which is difficult to get to and is really only safe to do in a group of people - among various other reasons to cause potentially hungry wildlife to think twice before eating someone.
In any event, it is best to make sure that your guide is official, and allowed to take you where he is offering to take you - for I notice also that official tour guides also sometimes take private jobs in order to avoid paying the company's cut of the money paid.
The problem has become so prevalent at Victoria Falls that it is even written in stone (OK - painted on stone - but still, it is an official notice and warning about this problem).
At the moment the governement is dropping 3 zero's from the Kwacha, the new bills look very similar to the old, for instance the old 20.000 had K20 writhen big and then 3 small zero's the new has only K20 writhen, otherwise quite the same. New bills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, and coins for 1Kwacha and smaller. With the 2 to 50 bills should not be a problem but there is a old 100 Kwacha bill (not the same picture then the new) witch can be a problem if you just enter the country.
there are muggings in town late at night, especially in area near Museum there has been a gang operating, please be careful and take a taxi at night.
There have been attacks and robbing on the Victoria Falls bridge, so careful of walking alone and dont display expensive items. Remember you have LEFT one country and not yet entered the next.