Day 7/8 – 25/26 September – Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls

Our last morning on board and it’s taken up with packing our bags and leaving them out  for collection and delivery to our aircraft so that when they have checked us in we can proceed straight to the boarding gate. For the last kilometre they connected the old steam engine for the grand arrival into Rovos Rail’s private railway station and Rohan Vos, the man behind Rovos Rail, was there to greet us all personally which he does for all his trips apparently!

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Rovos Rail was a wonderfully romantic experience – we have applied for membership of the metre-high club and would recommend it to anyone. Not sure that I would want to do the 30-day trip to Cairo though – two nights was perfect!

On arrival in Pretoria we had about a 40-minute drive to a private international airport called Lanseria (who ever heard of a private international airport??) We then boarded our Rovos Air Charter plane for the trip to Victoria Falls.

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Got to the falls and I went straight up in an ultralight over the top of the falls – quite awe-inspiring even if the falls were a little disappointing as this is a very dry time of the year and there wasn’t much water going over the top. Took the controls for a few minutes which was a little nerve-racking but we managed to make it back in one piece. If you look carefully in the second photo you will see some little white dots (people) at the top of the falls just to the left of the pilot’s left foot – that is  the Devil’s Pool – more on that later.

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Ros went straight to the hotel for a massage on the  banks of the river  with an elephant grazing no more than 50 metres away! The Royal Livingstone Hotel  is absolutely stunning.

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Went for a walk at 6am to the edge of the falls and bumped into this little baboon family – one of them thought he would take a bit of a run at Ros just for a laugh and it worked!

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As you can see in this photo not much water going over – this whole rock face would be covered in water in the wet season.

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Back to our room and these little guys were grazing right outside our window! Can’t believe that people fly to Africa for the sole purpose of killing these beautiful animals …

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Something I have wanted to do ever since I heard about it was to swim in a little pool on the lip of the falls called the Devil’s Pool. You can actually lean over the edge and stare into the abyss. Ros always amazes me and in spite of being completely terrified she joined me, clambering barefoot over sharp rocks,  swimming through a set of rapids to the pool and sitting on a ledge a metre from the edge and even leaning out to look down into the crevice.

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You can tell by his expression that the guy holding Ros’ legs  just loves his job!

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The view down into a watery hell

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Managed to survive the experience and got back to our room in one piece.

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Victoria Falls would have to be the highlight of the trip so far!

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About Philip Holland

Celebrating life in all its forms.
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