22 March: Headed into Livingstone for a wander and was drawn into the salons where I got my toenails painted and then embarked on a four hour braiding session where I got extensions and my hair braided which I love. So easy to keep! There were four of them doing my hair each taking it in turns to twist and braid. They had a few babies as well so they would take time out to breastfeed the baby in the middle of the shop! Got a taxi back to the waterfront where Gordon was waiting for me! Was great to see him after so many months. Think he was a bit shocked by the hair! We relaxed and caught up for a few hours before meeting the rest of the gang for our last dinner. (Due to a mix up the room we organised wasn't ready and we had to stay in a tent for the night. As compo they gave us a free dinner) We had a few drinks with the group before bed.
23 March: We had the perfect day waking up early, having a lovely breakfast overlooking the zambezie and saying goodbye to the group that were leaving. We then made our way to Victoria falls on the Zambia side. The falls were amazing. As it was rainy season the falls were massive and in full flow. We got drenched as we were so close to the "falls that thunder" and then we took a walk down to the boiling pot where we watched people bungee jumping and admired the views and the sounds of the falls. We then headed across the border to Zimbabwe where we walked into the town of Victoria Falls. Along the road we met loads of guys trying to sell us all sorts of stuff including old Zimbabwe money in notes of up to 50 billion. The notes are worthless now but shows how bad inflation had gotten in Zimbabwe. We walked through the town and went to the Victoria Falls hotel for High tea which was lovely and very special over looking the Zambezie river and the gorge. We caught a taxi back to livingstone where we spent some time at the craft markets before heading home and back to our nice room.
24 March: Up early for our day with the lions. We arranged to volunteer at a lion sanctuary where they have implemented a programme of breeding lions and releasing lions back into the wild. We started walking with the lion cubs zamara and zafara, both of whom were 13 months old. The lions can only be walked up to 18 months old as after that they are too dangerous. We were able to get up so close to the lions and pet them and rub them. So cool! We walked the lions in the bush to get them used to the bush. After our walk we headed to the volunteer house for breakfast where we met the other volunteers and got our itinirary for the day. Me and Gordon then went walking with two more of the lions Damara and Dinera who were older at 17 months old. We walked with gun rangers and two other guides. We were teaching the lions to hunt and we watched them climbing up trees chasing the monkeys and baboons. Was very cool to see it. We had lunch and after lunch we headed down to the older lion enclosure where we cleaned out the cages. This is the breeding area. One of the female lions was due to give birth but unfortunately had a miscarriage the previous week. There were fully grown lions there and the sound of their roar was awesome! There was also a wild lion there that they had rescued from Zimbabwe (he was about to be killed because he had wandered into a town). Hero was his name and he was so wild they had to sedate him to feed him or clean out his cage. We had a great day with the lions although Im not sure how successful the programme will be.
25 March: Up early for our first day on the road where we headed to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. We stayed in a campsite about 10k outside Lusaka in a national park where we were able to take a walk and see the wild zebras and impalas.
26 March: Long drive through the Zambezie countryside to Chipata where we stopped for a wander around the city.