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Crocs and Cages

Life is too short to live too cautiously! At times its necessary to throw caution to the wind and live a little!

Not too long ago during a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, I came across a fun, adrenaline pumping activity to do: Crocodile Cage Diving.

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I had seen people before go cage diving with sharks but nothing with crocodiles. I thought this would be a fun adventure and so I signed up!

The Crocodile Cage Diving can be done at Elephant’s Walk Craft Centre in Victoria Falls town.

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There is a big pool with about 4 fully grown Crocodiles. The participants ascend onto a platform with a metal cage and then are lowered into the pool to interact with the Crocodiles.

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Before any of the activities, a certified diver instructed me on how to use the under water breathing apparatus. My biggest concern was being stuck underwater and being unable to breathe. However the cage has an opening at the top which ensures at any point the participants can come up if they fail to breathe or encounter any other challenge while under water

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Once I had mastered the breathing the cage was further lowered into the water such that we were fully submerged in the water. This is when the fun really begins. You come face to face with the crocodiles which are swimming around the cage. One has to be cautious to not stick any body parts out of the cage or else you will be devoured by a crocodile

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During the 30-40minutes we spent underwater I just played around in the cage, more fascinated that I could stay down there so long. During the dive you get to feed raw meat to the crocs and its exhilarating how they grab the meat off the stick with such vigor! When the croc swims above the cage you can rub its belly (or get your hand chewed off) I rubbed the belly and managed to keep my hand (well done to me)

After a while I was a bit bored cause nothing really was happening…besides three extra large crocs circling a cage we were in, looking like they were ready to feast on us. The dive can be done by three adults and a certified diver. I think if I had gone with more people I would have enjoyed the experience more.

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Overall the experience was fun, different and is a definite must do when one visits the falls. Did I mention its a great way to cool off on an extremely hot day!

“Together we all live every moment
On the very brink; The razor’s edge Of ecstasy or disaster.”
Scott Hastie

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I think I love Zambia…

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).

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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!

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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?

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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?

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Could easily be a billboard in Zim

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!

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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 🙂

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Did I mention the sunset over the Zambezi as viewed from Zambia is second to none? Just breathtakingly inspiring!

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Like every other wonderful journey mine had to come to an end! But one last message from the Zimbabwean and Zambian Tourism Authorities:

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“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”-
Mehmet Murat ildan