Having recently spent a month travelling through South Africa and Africa, it’s left me wanting more, wanting to explore more of this fascinating country. We stayed at the Zimbabwe River Lodge which was a great hotel and location for seeing one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. I have added the link for this hotel as I couldn’t recommend it highly enough, such friendly staff that went out of their way to make our stay so memorable.
When we went to book for the 2.5-hour sunset river cruise at our hotel we explained to the organiser’s that we were members of Dream Trips Travel Club, and with that, we were given a significant discount! BOOM!! It really is the only way to travel and be able to afford to tick more off your Bucket List wherever you are in the world. Find out more here.
To have shared this incredible experience with my parents and my partner was truly magical. It had not been on my Bucket List to do whilst we were in Zimbabwe. However, we booked this on the quiet for my mum’s birthday as I knew this would be something she would love. It really was an amazing African experience and one of the most breathtaking sunsets I have ever seen. The vibrancy of orange and pink colours with the sun setting on the Zambezi river which borders Zimbabwe and Zambia and to think just 5kms downstream is the ragging Victoria Falls. Here is the link for the Shearwater Victoria Falls company that we went through ( just letting my fellow Bucket Listers know this also that there were limitless drinks for the sunset cruise YEWW)
Some fun facts about Hippopotamus:
- The name is derived from Ancient Greek meaning ‘River Horse”.
- Hippo’s are the 3rd largest land mammal after the white Rhinoceros and elephant.
- Hippo’s are herbivores.
- Their expected lifespan is 50 years
- They do not have sweat glands, therefore, they spend most of their time in the water.
- They can run up to 30km/per hour on land, so good luck trying to outrun a Hippo haha!! 🙂
- They clean their teeth by opening their mouths in the water and allowing fish to clean in around their teeth.
- They are extremely aggressive and territorial….. So do not get fooled by their cute chubby appearance !
As you will see in the videos and the photos the once in a lifetime experience of seeing hippopotamuses so close and with them opening their mouths fully and even the very rare sighting of them coming out of the water and walking along the edge. This was just breathtaking and moment where we all looked at each other and just said “WOW”. On the other side of the river were bull elephants you certainly knew you were in Africa. It really felt special seeing my parents enjoying themselves and knowing it was a birthday present my mum would never forget.