Victoria Falls is an adventure sports center specializing in death-taunting fun. I have never gone bungee jumping primarily because I do not want my epitaph to be something like “American tourist jumps to his death for fun.”
On to the main drag. The town goes at a slow pace, ‘dead slow.’
Dining options are limited, you have the Pizza Inn, Chicken Inn and Creamy Inn.
Just kidding, there are more options, including the tastelessly branded IN-DA-BELLY Bar & Cafe.
I visited a local tour agent inquiring about activities for the next day. I chose a Chobe National Park tour in Botswana and then lighted upon a night safari. The agent called around, no agency had any customers so I had to pay for a vehicle of my own. An hour later up rolled a SUV with guide Itela Sakanji and we set off into the darkness.
One little hitch: the spotlights were not working. Itela tried to fix them on the way. He called a fried who pulled up and also tried to fix them. Then Itela attempted to spot wildlife by ordering the driver to turn the SUV and shine its headlights. Not a success.
Back to town we went and pulled into Bongoland. Out came a man who does the maintenance on tourist helicopters. He jerry-rigged the lights and we were a go.
Now quite cold, huddled under blankets, we cruised the parks and saw nocturnal beasts large and small.
My work phone was roaming and it was a delight to receive a call from a colleague who has never had a passport. “Do you have a minute? Where are you?”
“Oh, on night safari in Zimbabwe.”
Itela Sakaji is freelance guide specializing in cycle tours villages, bird watching, and walking safaris. He can be contacted at his facebook page or email: itela.sakanji -at- yahoo.com.