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What is the best way to relax and recharge your energy after a couple of weeks of intense travel, teaching, videoing and construction?

  1. 10+ hour bus trip
  2. Elephant Ride
  3. Visit Victoria Falls
  4. Safari
  5. All of the above

 

Day 13: Thursday, 2012 05 03

Nathan and I said goodbye to our team in Kadoma, Zimbabwe and took a four-hour bus ride to Bulawayo.

Nathan & Arthur Tymos – Pathfinder Luxury Coaches

We were delighted by a surprise visit from Pastor Bonani in Bulawayo as we switched busses (photo of Pastor Bonani is in my Days 9 to 12 African Missions Trip post).  We rode the second bus for over six hours to Victoria Falls.

Some refer to this route as the “highway of death” but I actually found it interesting and pleasant, except for the adrenalin-rushes when our driver passed trucks on the narrow highway (one lane each way with no shoulder) and you wondered who is going to flinch first, our driver or the oncoming car.  Our driver always won.

I was impressed by Pathfinder Luxury Coaches as the service was excellent and our bus-hosts said a heart-felt prayer at the beginning and end of each ride.  A good idea, especially on this highway.

During the trip, we saw great scenery, many interesting people and domestic animals along the road as well as kudus, impalas, baboons, warthogs, hyenas and various birds.

 

Day 14: Friday, 2012 05 04

In Victoria Falls we took an amazing Elephant Ride Safari:

Nathan & Arthur Tymos with Benjamin on Tusker

Tusker was 39 years old and the largest elephant on this safari.  All of the elephants were orphaned and rescued from Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (we drove through a small portion of Hwange on day 13).

During the Elephant Ride Safari, we saw numerous wild animals including giraffe, zebra, water buffalo, kudu, impala, warthog and a variety of birds.

In the afternoon, we went for a long, wet and fantastic walk at Victoria Falls:

Less than 1/4 of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is so long that one would need to fly over it to get a photo of the entire falls.  At 107 meters (351 feet) high, it is more than twice the height of Niagara Falls (which I have visited a few times in Canada).  Victoria Falls is 1,737 meters (5,698 feet) long which is almost 1.5 times the length of Niagara.  There were places along the falls walk where the mist-rain was as heavy as any Vancouver rain storm I have experienced.  I rented a poncho; Nathan just became rather wet.

After the falls, we walked through town observing a wild elephant and oodles of warthogs and baboons roaming the streets.  We also shopped at the outdoor market.  The merchants were remarkably polite yet as strong as any sales people and negotiators I have met elsewhere in the world, including China and Turkey.

 

Day 15: Saturday, 2012 05 05

Saturday occasioned a full-day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana for an amazing river and land safari.  We found ourselves within 8 meters (~25 feet) of several wild elephants and were just as close to other impressive animals.  In total, we observed hundreds of elephants, dozens of  Hippopotami, numerous water buffalos, a few crocodiles, a plethora of birds of various types, the very colourful Lilac Breasted Roller (some call this the “Botswana Bird” but I am not sure that is official), warthogs, baboons, kudus and impalas galore, a couple of sable antelope, a few iguanas, and a few dozen giraffes.  Our safari guide was particularly adept at drifting our boat or driving our jeep to where the animals were heading next to provide some exceptionally close encounters.

Here are a few of my photos:

Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Hippopotami in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Impalas in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Lilac Breasted Roller in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Giraffes in Chobe National Park, Botswana

 

Day 16: Sunday, 2012 05 06

Today, we flew from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa and are  looking forward to driving to Swaziland early in the morning to visit Bulembu.

I enjoyed the comments that several of you shared on my recent African Missions Trip blog posts.  Due to unreliable internet access, I have not been able to timely reply to several comments but want you to know that I have read and appreciate all the comments, quotes and prayers.

Have you ever been on a safari?  What do you like to do to relax?

7 Comments to Days 13 to 16 African Missions Trip

  1. Pat Ciriacks's Gravatar Pat Ciriacks
    May 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Thanks for the wonderful travelogue of your journey. The stories have been heart warming and the pictures breath taking. I look forward to going on safari someday soon. Enjoy your time in Bulembu and have a safe journey home.

    Pat

  2. Alexander Tymos's Gravatar Alexander Tymos
    May 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I sure was happy to see you all relax in all you did this trip

  3. May 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Good to know, and it must be a lot of new experiences! Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Papa Yorke's Gravatar Papa Yorke
    May 7, 2012 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Safari? Yep! That was the original plan from above until we blew it!!!!

    Thanks for the update, Arthur.

    Papa

  5. Chalapathi Gudimella's Gravatar Chalapathi Gudimella
    May 10, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures. It is so nice of you to share the details of your trip with everyone in Creation.

    I am addicted to reading of “Arthur’s update”. You are such a nice writer. Everyday when I open the email in box first thing I look for is your update.

    You are describing so clearly that I feel as if I am visiting all the places while sitting in Mississauga.

    Thank you very much for the update, Arthur.

    With regards,

    Chalapathi

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