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Swim in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls

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Here is a new episode of trip to Botswana. This time we crossed the border to travel to Zambia and immerse ourselves literally in the Victoria Falls.

At seven in the morning it was completely daylight and the sun was shining brightly. After breakfast we went to the reception where our transport was waiting to take us to Zambia. The cheapest thing would have been to go for free: take a taxi to the border point, cross with the ferry and, once in Zambia, negotiate with a taxi driver to take us to the hotel, but that was not the easiest. We wanted to be at 10.30 in the Tongabezi Lodge (You will see later why) and if we went on our own we did not have many guarantees of arriving at that time. So we opted for the easiest but most expensive option: hire the transfer service with the hotel.

First, the driver went to look for another couple of travelers at another hotel in the area and then we headed to the border. The Kazungula border post is just over ten kilometers from Kasane, and a couple of kilometers before reaching the border there was already a long line of trucks hoping to cross with the ferry. We discovered that some had been there waiting for a week (!). The driver made sure that we passed all the exit procedures of Botswana and, when we got the seal, we headed to the river. Instead of using the shabby and slow ferry Like everyone else, we cross the border with a private motorboat.

Ferry that crosses the border between Botswana and Zambia

In three minutes we were already on the Zambian bank of the river and, in addition to several street vendors, the driver who was going to take us to the hotel welcomed us. First, this bluffed Mr. Zambiano was in charge of accompanying us in immigration proceedings and then took us to the hotel. Upon entering the country, he asked us if we planned to cross into Zimbabwe and then re-enter Zambia, since, in that case, we needed a multi-entry visa. The single entry visa costs $ 50, the double entry $ 80 and the transit visa (if you do not spend the night in the country) $ 20. However, our driver advised us to use the one-entry ticket and, if we later wanted to go to Zimbabwe, at the time of crossing the border we could ask if they could give us the transit ticket when returning and thus save us $ 10. We did not plan to go to Zimbabwe, but we also signed up to share information here.

At Tongabezi Lodge having a welcome drink

After the entry procedures in Zambia, we got on the van that would take us to our hotel. From the border to Victoria Falls there is an hour and a half, but thirty minutes before, next to the Zambeze River, was our hotel, the Tongabezi Lodge (You can read the review we wrote about the hotel to learn more).

Towards our room with Isaac

Upon arrival, they accompanied us to the restaurant, where they gave us a welcome drink and we waited calmly for Isaac to arrive, that, attention, attention: he was going to be our private butler. Well, it really only took us to the room and explained the operation of the hotel. Being in a natural environment and in a national park, at night we had to let you know every time we wanted to move around the hotel, in case there was any wild animal on our way. Not that I was dressed all day in the room, dusting the cutlery or something. He was simply the person we had to call for any matter related to the hotel, as if it were room service.

Commemorative plaque on Livingstone Island

We unloaded the luggage, Isaac explained all the details of the room and then returned to the common area. There we came to find the activity planner to talk and decide what we were going to do during our stay at the hotel. The hotel has dozens of activities included in the price, and in our short stay we decided to make the Zambeze river cruise during sunset and dinner with candles on the river that same night. On the other hand, we had previously booked a meal on Livingstone Island at noon that day. You had to take full advantage.

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