|Nelson Mandela's house|
|Nice airport for Zimbabwe|
|One-legged women only, please|
|Taking drink orders|
|Leaving the water to feed|
|A "float" of hippos|
Done with the museum and it’s still raining, we board our buses and head to Soweto (SOuth WEst TOwnship), a section of Joburg that was the focal point of the anti-apartheid movement.We saw the home that Mandela occupied after his release from Robben Island, and before he moved to more upscale digs as the head of the new government. We then retired to a local restaurant for lunch which was sort of a soul food mecca for local palates.
|Maybe I'll get back in...|
|Hotel lobby and StanleyRoom|
After breakfast the next morning, we boarded a bus that would take us to the Joburg airport.
|Livingston, I presume...|
|~88 cents in Zimbabwe|
We boarded a bus and met our local guide “Lucky” who shared some background facts about Zimbabwe as we rode to our hotel, THE Victoria Falls Hotel (apparently there are imposters). We checked in and got settled into our room, only to get ready for a river booze cruise on the Zambezi River, the stream between Zambia and Zimbabwe that supplies Victoria Falls.
|Main part of Victoria Falls|
|Long way down|
|Cecil Rhodes' bridge|
The next morning we breakfast with Dave and Linda as we watch groundskeepers deal with a troop of baboons that are trying to steal food from the buffet. They shoot them with pellet guns which sting the animals and scatter them when they see a groundskeeper with a rifle approach.
|Elephant Camp main lodge|
|Sly and some friends|
|Jane makes a friend|
The Elephant Camp provides a safe refuge for elephants that have become injured or abused.
|Linda, Dave, Elephant, Jane, Capt. Larry|
|The cleanup crew!|
No rest for the wicked and back at the hotel we had to pack our suitcases for tomorrow’s flight back to Johannesburg where the tour ends, and get ready for tonight’s farewell dinner. The dinner started with cocktails before retiring to the Stanley dining room for dinner.
|Farewell dinner in the Stanley Room|
The next morning we had breakfast with Dave and Linda then prepared to go to the airport for a flight back to Johannesburg. We retrieved our stored bags at the Joburg airport and passed through immigration control and security. We said our goodbyes, exchanged our information, and headed home. We spent the layover at the Frankfurt airport in the Lufthansa business class lounge.
|Some of Africa's beauty|