Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Africa: Zimbabwe & Botswana (Part 1)

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I recently got back from spending a month in Africa and I am missing the HELL out of it!! I want to go back, anyone want to fund a trip for me? mm thought not! I wanted to document my trip on here so that you can hear about what I did and get advice of where to go, but also just to store my photos so that I can look back when I'm missing it. 

I am going to split this blog into 3 parts because there are a lot of photos and a lot of things I want to share. This first part is about Zimbabwe & Botswana. During this part of the trip I was with one of my best buddies from uni, Eppie, and we joined Absolute Africa to trek, camp and get involved in some amazing activities. 

We started in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and wow what a place. Lovely people, monkeys stealing food on the side of the road, a cool party hostel, and the most fabulous Falls, (pictured below) Pictures just don't give it justice!

Whilst we were in Zimbabwe I did something I never imagined I would ever do. I was so scared and excited. I had no idea what to expect... I walked with Lions!!! When the Lions went back to their beds after their walk I cried, I was so overwhelmed with what had just happened. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I'm so pleased to be able to say I did it.

Things to see at Victoria Falls: 
The Falls (obviously), 
The bridge over the falls (between Zimbabwe & botswana) - where you can Bungee jump, or just watch other people bungee like I did 
Walk with Lions at the 'Lion Encounter'

Where to stay: 
We then took our trek truck (which by the way was called 'Eeyore', best name ever!) into Botswana. We first went to Chobe National Park where I went on my first ever Game Drive. I don't want to overload you with pictures (I genuinely took about 500) but here are a few of my faves! By the way, the giraffes were my absolute fave, they are so elegant and pretty!

There's something about seeing animals in their own habitat that makes it so magical. 
After a night at Chobe we went on to the Okavango Delta where we bush camped! I wasn't sure how long I would last with no electricity, no running water, no toilets.. basically living as cave men, but I absolutely loved it! We sang round the camp fire, saw elephants walk past our camp and swam in the delta (or rather paddled and got scared about the leeches!). We had a lovely ride in a moroko for 2 hours to camp, shame me and Eppie got the worst driver who kept banging into the sides, I was genuinely scared I was going to fall in! I still managed to take a cheeky selfie though! Also that was my toilet for 3 days! 


I would just like to take this moment as well to let you know how impressed I was with Absolute. If your thinking of travelling around Africa they are the best value for money, our tour guide was amazing, our driver was amazing, they were great with communication, the food was good, the people were nice, I don't really know what I can say but go with them, you will not be disappointed  They travel all around Africa and you could trek with them for 3 months! I defiantly want to go back and join them to see more! 

Watch out for part 2 of Africa in Cape Town coming soon. If you have any questions about my trip please leave them in the comments! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

1 comment:

  1. Wow! It looks like you really had a great time touring around Zimbabwe and Botswana. They are both lovely places and are great for adventure seekers, after all. Anyway, it's nice to hear that you enjoyed that getaway, and that you want to go back there. I hope you get to do that soon, though. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

    Garrett Frazier @ Greg Graingers Adventure Tours