In my almost three decades on earth, its quite surprising that I had never set foot in neighboring Zambia till this past weekend! Zambia formerly known as Northern Rhodesia not only shares the same Colonial name as Zimbabwe but also a border and the magnificent Victoria Falls or to the locals Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders).
Crossing over from Zimbabwe to Zambia is quick and painless and one can do so by simply walking over the bridge and be in Zambia within minutes.
From the Livingstone Border post we proceeded to what would be our home for the weekend, the Royal Luvingstone just a few minutes away.
The hotel built right on the banks of the Zambezi River is MAJESTIC! I was awestruck from the moment we drove in and could not help but fall in love!
Although this was a working weekend I had the opportunity to do some fun activities!
I have seen the Victoria Falls several times from the Zimbabwean side however I had the opportunity to view the falls from the Angels Rock Pool which spills over into the falls! It was an adrenaline pumping experience. The water levels were very high and we had been advised not to attempt swimming in the pool! But what is life without some adventure?
On our way to the airport I couldn’t help but be reminded of Zimbabwe with the oh so familiar political campaign billboards! I guess those are pretty standard?
The Livingstone airport is cute and compact. It looked like there was still some work being done in it. Some of the ceilings were not complete. I wasn’t quite sure if it was being renovated or just the original construction was incomplete!
Considering my stay was short and sweet, i cant claim to be an expert on our neighboring nation, however I absolutely loved my weekend in Livingstone! I even made a friend Edward 🙂
Did I mention the sunset over the Zambezi as viewed from Zambia is second to none? Just breathtakingly inspiring!
Like every other wonderful journey mine had to come to an end! But one last message from the Zimbabwean and Zambian Tourism Authorities:
“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”-
Mehmet Murat ildan