Walking with Lions
15.06.2010 - 15.06.2010 25 °C
Walking tour along Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls this morning. Fairly easy walk of about 2.5 kilometres on pretty flat terrain. Some 72 steps at Devil's cataract. Falls are quite amazing geographically. The river above is wide (about 1.7Km) and relatively shallow; it falls over six cataracts into a single gorge. which is no more than 50 metres wide and runs parallel to the falls. The river than zig zags off to the South.
The spray and mist from the falls has created a low tropical rainforest along the Zimbabwean side in what is I imagine generally a mediterranean climate.
Then had 15 minute helicopter ride over the top to get a really good perspective.
Quick bite of lunch and then off to the outskirts for the Lion Experience. Spent about two hours with four lions and their handlers. Two 13 month old males Jabari and Jelani and then two 7 month old males Mvuthu and Monde. They are part of a program here and across in Zambia designed to prevent the extinction of lions. Population of these magnificent animals has fallen over 80% in the last five years or so. The cubs are very tame and it is really a tourist promotion to get money to support the real work of the group. Program has only been running for three years so unknown how successful it might be. Still fun to be so close to these big cats.
Boma Dinner with Kudu, Warthog steaks, crocodile tail and buffalo spare ribs. Chef's challenge to eat a Mopani worm was accepted by everyone in our group.