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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 16 Feb 2012

Location: Livingstone, Zambia

MapAn early morning call this morning...4 a.m. for our transfer to the airport for our flight to Livingstone via Johannesburg. The early start was well worth it-we feel that we have again found the real Africa.
Th airport had only two planes in it -and one of them was ours!
It took us over an hour to get the visas which were a rip off at 50 dollars each entry-and 30 dollars each to exit!
Zambia is another adventure..we passed through Livingstone on our way to the hotel. It was a bit of a non descript place where it seemed that time had stood still.. The only noteable building that the guide could tell us about was the oldest building which was the garage.
Our hotel was another matter. The Royal Livingstone has colonial splendour and is in the world' s top 100 --- it well deserves its place. It's an exclusive platinum hotel set in the game reserve where we get regular sightings of giraffes, zebras, baboons,velvet monkeys (which are a pest where there is food, they invaded afternoon tea in the restaurant) and crocodiles nearby to our room.
We were met in reception on arrival by the concierge in traditional costume, and served with iced tea whilst having a complimentary hand massage using local oils. Just lovely!
Our room is in a sort of lodge with our own private butler.
After settling in, we went for a walk only to be collected by a ranger who took us in a golf buggy to where the giraffes were..all of these animals roam freely arround the grounds.
The guide also took us down the path to the Victoria Falls so that we could have a first sighting of this amazing spectacle.
At sundown, people gather in the riverside bar overlooking the Zambezi for a'sundowner'..whilst we were there we saw a huge bull elephant come down to the river to 'play' from the Zimbabwe side.
A lovely end to the evening.