The guide book I read before coming to Victoria Falls, did not give Mosi Oa Tunya National Park a particularly good review, so we are very pleasantly surprised. It is a fairly small park, with a great concentration of game, although no large cats. We see every single species of game present in the park, and even Gilbert feels that we are fantastically lucky.
There are large herds of elephants with some very small babies, lots of giraffes with babies as well as large herds of buffalo again with babies. We see babboons, green vervet monkeys, warthogs, the ever-present impala, wildebeest, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and finally, the piece de resistance, four white rhino. After we stop for a picnic of Zambezi beer and apple turnovers, we come across the rhinos actually in the middle of the road.
The Zambian side of the falls is just as spectacular as the Zimbabwean side, and every bit as wet. My shoes are squelching!
The path meanders over a small metal bridge, where the spray creates a torrential downpour and we get soaked to the skin. Deciding to put my hood up underneath my hat is a good idea - until I do it: it is full of water which consequently runs down the back of my neck. Ugh!
The paths are much closer to the falls on this side, and yellow wild gladioli grow alongside them. There is also a trail which runs along the top of the falls - the water is fast-flowing and energetic, then suddenly disappears over the precipice. The sound of the falls is absolutely deafening at this close range.
A famous landmark, the bridge was completed in 1905 as part of Cecil Rhodes' dream of building a railway from Cape to Cairo.
The bridge now carries cars, pedestrians and trains side by side - all at the same time if necessary.
If you so wish, you may jump off the bridge with an elastic band attached to your ankles. We don't.
The bridge is technically nomansland, as you clear Zambian immigration we you enter the bridge, and the Zimbabwean officials are the other end.