27.06.2009 - 08.07.2009 23 °C
so just after i said that i had good connection, there were loads of internet cut outs and we havent been able to connect for abou 36 hours - sooo frustrating! and water just cuts out at various points in the day so you never know when you can shower or wash clothes - only in zim!
just checked out vic falls from zim and zambian side - absolutely stunning and just huge and sooo loud! i got absolutely drenched - was so much fun.
my mom asked me in a mail if we had seen some wildlife and i realised i skipped over the most obvious thing!! so i just quickly wanted to give some info. we have been absolutely africa-animalled out!! we did an absolutely fantastic safari through ngorogoro crater where we saw lions, wildebeest, giraffes, elephants, zebras, hyenas, etc etc. then serengetti was awesome, especially sleeping almost amongst the animals (no gates, just camping in the totally open and you could hear lions roar during the night). we stayed in a campsite in north zim with resident zebras grazing at our dorms and they were so close you could touch them (but we were warned against actually doing the touching part cos they bite and kick you!). then stayed in another place in zim where ellies would walk by our tents and at the same place we walked with lions and lion cubs (they lions are bred in this particular park to help conserve them), some people rode elephants, others watched the lions feed, did lion stalking drives at night and other wildlife activities. i did the coolest horseride through the bush there and saw giraffes, wildebeest, kudu and zebra so close cos the animals werent scared of the horses. i did another horseride the next day and it was so cool to canter through the bush with no worries at all! oh yes, we also saw leopards in serengetti, which is quite rare. we had one that walked right past our open safari truck and we were warned that it might jump up on the bonnet and that we shouldnt panick!!! but he just slid right by and then went on to chase a buck (but didnt get it - didnt have the speed of a cheetah apparently). in vic falls, we walk past baboons and warthogs on a regular basis and in general, i feel i am quite animalled out but there is still more to come! i think its so sweet to see the ozzies and brits go crazy for animals like zebra and giraffe cos im so used to them but i have to say i got really excited to see wild cats soooo close! in serengetti, we drove right up to a male and two female lions lying in the middle of the road and we were so close, we could almost have touched them. they werent phased at all!
ok, thats the animal update for now....chat later!