Well, there's not a lot we can say about Pretoria, there really isn't that much to do!! Once we plucked up enough courage to leave the safety of the suburbs, where our hostel was, we quickly discovered why most people stay within the comforts of their electric fenced gardens! Even in the taxi ride downtown, we were wondering what we had let ourselves in for. This was Pretoria, far safer than Jo'berg, but we were still very, very weary - especially James!! We intended to visit the police museum, according to the Lonely Planet 'one of the best museums in town, with a wealth of info about the apartheid era', but had to give that idea up once we walked up and down the lane several times and couldn't find the entrance. (In hindsight, we could have asked, I guess, but it was all pretty intimating!) With locals calling after us we ducked into the smaller police transport museum, it was pretty dull!! Deciding half an hour wasn't very brave, we walked round to Paul Kruger's house, the once president of a republic within S. Africa at the turn of the century. (A Boer republic.) About 2 hours was all we managed and sadly we admitted defeat and stuck to relaxing at the hostel, with lots of BBQs and a few beers!
So eventually we arrived in Livingstone, Zambia. This is how we imagined Africa!! Red sandy streets - or should we say street! Old men sitting, smoking pipes on the side of the road. The beating of drums and singing never far away. Beat up little shops and cars lining either side of the main road, with an amazing flea market at one end. Seriously, we could kit a whole house out with African artefacts, one box sent home will have to make do though!
Having had a reasonable nights sleep in the tent, we headed straight for Victoria Falls. You could hear the thunder of water as we drew closer to the entrance to the national park. $10 entry - not bad when you get to take in one of lives most magnificent sights. We took hundreds of pics, but not one of them does it justice. Hopefully, the magic of the falls will be caught on our video instead. Even from 100 metres up and 100 metres across you still get covered in the fine spray. The mighty Zambezi coming crashing down, is not something we will soon forget.
On Friday we head for Chobe National Park, Botswana and more safari!!