Victoria Falls

Back when the whole country closed for their “Annual (?) stock take” I, along with many others, decided to take time out and fly up to Vic Falls today on Fast Jet. Travelling alongside me were an energetic group of guys that were on their way to do the 3 day kayaking trip below the falls.

I took the easier “chill out” route and booked into the magnificent Ilala Lodge – my first stay here in many years – right up there amongst the finest places to stay in worldwide – I am booked into the new section designed not so long ago by my architect friend Danielle. The rooms are spacious with large comfortable bedding; very modern bathroom and a great view of the “Smoke that thunders” – one of the few lodges I have stayed at where the working desk is a suitable size with the correct lighting.

When visiting the Falls one has to find time to have a light lunch at Deans restaurant in Elephant Walk – I ordered bream and chips and was pleasantly surprised by the scrumptious meal presented with an excellent Peanut Butter and Chilli Satay served with a glass (or two) of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. Dean studied his trade at the world famous SIlwood College in Cape Town and always serves up the finest cuisine

Afternoons in Vic Falls are all about sharing a High Tea (with scones and cream) on the verandah at the Vic Falls Hotel watching daredevils jump off the bridge in the form of Bungee Jumps. Pianist Larry is part of the  furniture there quietly tapping away at his favourite melodies from 3 – 6 every day.

My only issue in Vic Falls is, of course, the constant hum of helicopters passing overhead – surely the time has come for some sort of time limits to be placed on these noisy machines – maybe just do from 10-12 and then 3-4.30?

Lets hope we will be able to come back sometime but for now back to “Business as usual”, try and enjoy the shut down!

Ciao for now

Mike G.

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