Yesterday we went to the Victoria falls national park again to go on a trek to Devil's pool. Harold; our guide, met us at the entrance and informed us that we had to wait 30 min as we were a bit early. We decided to go and see the falls again. Or at least that was the original plan until we approached it and found a cliff with no water. We asked Harold how the water could just disappear within 5 days and he explained that it's actually too dry to see the water during this season, but 5 days ago they had changed the route of a river bend 9k away due to a construction work and therefore it was water then. We were just very lucky! It was no water on the Zambian side, but Zimbabwe had quite a lot of water still as the gorge is 3m lower over there.
We started our walk towards Devil's pool and we were a group of 5 (us, 2 South African's and a dutch guy - from Houten actually where I used to live 4 years ago. small world). We walked on top of the falls (only possible during draft season). It was cool to walk on the dried corals and jump between the rocks in the small water streams. What wasn't cool though was that 6 people actually died here falling over the edge. Thank you Harold for sharing that information right then!
Upon our arrival I noticed how heavy the water flows actually were here (Zimbabwe side) and I got really scared. We had to swim appr. 50 m (4 meters away from the edge) in order to get to the pool which was right by the fall! We got to the pool (alive) and the guide told us to jump into the 5 m deep pool. Now , it wasn't just to jump in, we had to jump at one particular spot as there were rocks on one side and water that would capture us and take us over the edge and kill us on the other side. I had to go first and Harold took photos with our camera as we jumped. Considering the fact that I was focusing on staying alive, it wasn't a very pretty photo! We got in the pool, peaked over the edge and saw a double rainbow. i couldn't help thinking about the youtube clip of the guy screaming "double rainbow, double rainbow". Hilarious!
I can't believe we actually laid on the edge of the Victoria falls! it was just amazing! One guy had to hold our legs as we laid there for our security. Once again I wonder why I put myself through these things when I know people have died from it. The adrenaline is just impossible to describe.
As we walked back Harold heard some elephants nearby and I convinced the group to take a detour to get a closer look. We crossed a water stream that was up to our knees and we had to hold eachother's hands in order not to fall. And there we were; about 20-30m away from the elephants. It was so scary and exciting at the same time. It was a whole different experience from sitting in a land rover at a safari with 20 other cars.
Luckily they didn't attack us and we got back safely.
As we already were in the park we decided to walk down to the Boiling pot. It was a steep stair down the gorge where we had done the Bungee a couple of days earlier. We had to stop and wait some times due to baboons blocking the path. As we have heard that one can die from baboon attacks we decided not to try to pass them. On the way down I saw a 1m long lizard in the bushes that creeped me out. I wasn't scared (sort of), they just disgust me. It was about 700m down to the Boiling pot and when we got there we spotted the most incredible sight. It Did look like the water was boiling from the ground and we just sat there for a while watching its beauty before we started our Heavy trek back up. (piece a cake for people that doesn't exercise once every 3rd month).
Exhausted from the heat, we jumped straight in the pool when we got back!
In the evening we met a Swedish girl who lives in Windhoek in Namibia. She was really cool and it would be fun to meet up in Windhoek in a couple of days/weeks. Haven't set a date as we don't plan!