We just returned from an incredible two day at Victoria Falls. The falls stand on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe--an easy flight from Lusaka to Livingstone. We hoped on a chartered flight early Monday morning and arrived in Livingstone in the pouring rain. Thankfully, it didn't stay for long! Our accomodations were incredible--the beautiful Zambezi Sun hotel, located right on the edge of the falls. It has every bit of African charm you can imagine! It was the perfect African vacation to end our trip, and celebrate an incredible mission trip with our team!
Our crew didn't waste any time. We planned afternoon acitivities and set out immediately to see the falls. There is a pathway around the front of the falls, as well as upstream behind the falls. It is incredible to see the rushing water from both sides. You get soaked by mist as you walk the paths and take in the views--spectacular from every angle. After seeing the falls for the first time, we went to the famous bridge, which reaches between the two countries. It is most famous for the bungee jumping and other high-adventure activities. We had a few brave souls--bungee jumpers and gorge swingers! Most of us enjoyed the view from the bridge.
Monday afternoon, most of our group went on a favorite activity: the Lion and Cheetah walk. What a lifetime experience! We got to pet and walk lions--brown lions and while lions--and play with cheetahs. These African cats are HUGE and stunning. It was humbling to be so close to such powerful creatures. Exhausted from a long day of adventure, our team enjoyed dinner all together that night.
Tuesday started early with a sunrise game drive. We were picked up by three open air jeeps and taken to a national park near the hotel. It was an amazing three hours--filled with every African animal you can imagine (excluding the predators such as lions, etc). But we saw so many awesome animals--giraffs, water buffalo, hippos, impalas, wart hogs, elephants and white rhinos. Every turn, we saw something new. Amazing! The tour was complete with breakfast tea overlooking the Zambezi River. This was the perfect cap to our African experience!
The afternoon was spent around the falls and with a few more activities--including more bungee jumping! We made it back to Lusaka late on Tuesday afternoon...exhausted, but satisfied by our time at Vic Falls. It was the perfect end to our trip.
We will be making our way HOME to the states on Wednesday. It is hard to believe our time here in Zambia has come to a close. In every manner, the Lord has been gracious. We have seen more--learned more--and seen His grace in more ways than we will ever be able to recount. Thank you for praying--thank you for following our trip. We hope that you have been encouraged and reminded of the Lord's goodness in new ways. We will do a final wrap up upon return.