Because I had jumped her earlier, Catie didn't believe me. But once I convinced her her to glance to our left, she too saw the giant back end of an elephant, not thirty feet away from us. We didn't even pause for photos, too nervous about being that close to an elephant without the protection of a car. We speed walked away whispering jokes that ultimately led to our Instagram hashtag of the trip: #HowWeDiedToday.
Catie and I spent our first few days in Victoria Falls avoiding the town's namesake. We spent far more time checking out wildlife than the falls.
We went to a private resort to watch vultures dining...
|Just a hundred vulture friends pushing each other around for a scrap of cow.|
We enjoyed a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River upstream from the falls...
|A hippo yawn is an impressive sight!|
We went to Botswana for a land and "sea" game drive combo...
|Fun fact, really young elephants cannot use their trunks to drink water as they will accidentally choke themselves while|
trying to suck up just the right quantity before pouring it into their mouth. As a result, they face plant to drink water!
|High tea for high class ladies|
Finally, we visited the falls from both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides. Although the baboon was too fast for photos, Catie really did almost die at the hands of a giant baboon. He managed a sneak attack while she was distracted by her conversation with the immigration representative. Tearing through the plastic bag she carried, the large dog-sized baboon grabbed an apple and then made a run for it. With little ado, the Zambian immigration agent just handed Catie another bag. We walked a little faster whenever we saw the baboons after that moment!