We have arrived in Mufulira city. It is located in Zambia, near the border of Congo. We had three options when leaving Botswana. Since we’ve already been in Namibia the two remained
Visited the Victoria falls. Powerful! Once again, a great time for visiting. The water levels are such that there’s enough falling water but it’s still visible. If the water levels are higher then everything is hidden in the mist.
The Devil’s Pool is an interesting attraction. You can swim directly at the edge of the falls, next to the falling water. We even saw some people taking a dip in there. Unfortunately this small natural swimming pool is extremely popular and must be booked at least a couple of weeks before visiting (at least that’s what they told us). The price is another interesting point. It’s 100 € in the morning, 150 € during lunch and 200 € in the afternoon. We didn’t like the terms and just enjoyed the mighty views. There was also a piece of real “rainforest” at the dampest part, at the edge of the falls 🙂
There is a park at the falls which is located outside the city, a short walk away. On the first day, when we were walking back, we met some elephants on a path which went through some shrubs. This time we were on foot and they were about 10 steps away. Huge reverent animals just at your fingertips.
All kinds of activities are offered in and near the city. You can go over the canyon with a rope, go bungee jumping, enjoy the beautiful views on a helicopter ride, go river rafting etc.
We didn’t go exploring much while in Zimbabwe. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, there would have been a lot of riding back and forth because we really wanted to visit Zambia and Mozambique. The second reason is the so-called “Zimbabwean Police” that is completely uncontrolled. We heard that they are not paid by the state and have their own agenda in order to have any kind of income. We heard about different road block from some reliable sources. Also Google offers countless articles on this topic. A neighbor in one of the camping sites said that he had recently been on the other side of the country and there were 26 checkpoints on the road. He has a brand new Defender and I’ve never seen one in a better condition that his. However, he managed to get a fine of $ 10 for a missing reflector sticker on the side of the hazard triangle. Despite that fact, all the police officers had still been extremely courteous and pleasant, no arrogance what so ever.
So, after seeing the famous landmark, we headed for Zambia. After a couple of days, we arrived here, in the city of Mufulira. We got close to the border of Congo during the ride, but we’re not planning to go there this time.
I learned from my mother that one Estonian girl is volunteering here in order to help the local children and decided to invite ourselves over. There are a lot of people in the household. The cause is led by a married American couple. Their biggest mission is to build a ready-made “health center” complex. Hospital with all that belongs to it. We also had the honor of seeing the current advancements. At the moment, the main building is almost under the roof; communications are also more or less present. A great deal of work has been done in the middle of the jungle.
In addition to dealing with health problems, they help to feed and school the children of the poorer families of the village. It’s difficult to get an education. In order to go to school you have to buy all necessary materials and also a uniform and shoes. Obviously you won’t learn anything with an empty stomach. Why is the school uniform so important here in the middle of the brush, remains quite unclear to me. But looking at all this life here I thing the uniform is the least of the problems.
The work for those good people is endless. I like their mission, which is broadly based on providing children with the opportunity to get as good of a education as possible. Not just giving some kind of help, however, the clear goal is to ensure that children reach the school for the longest possible time. Find out more about this event at their website: http://www.sambiasobrad.com/blog
Our adventure, however, continues. Next towards Mozambique and Indian Ocean.