April 17, 2012. Zimbabwe is an amazing country full of beauty, hope and wonder. And after a serene cruise on Lake Kariba followed by all the luck a hitchhiker can have, my four days in Victoria Falls proved to be an impressive finale.
While before seeing a foreign traveller, a backpacker even, raised many eyebrows Vic Falls breathes tourism. Prices are higher and at every corner someone is trying to sell you a romantic – citche – version of ‘the Africa of your dreams’. Still that doesn’t take away from feeling small and humble in the mists of the ‘Smoke that thunders’.
On Saturday I crossed over the bridge into Zambia, spending two nights in the capital Lusaka – again a surprise with big shiny malls and a cosmopolitan population.
Now it’s back on the bus and off to Kapiri Mposhi for the two days’ ride on the TaZaRa (Tanzania Zambia Railway) to Dar Es Salaam. Goodbye Mighty Zambezi – I will be back!