However, in the presence of said youngsters, one learns to keep ones opinions to oneself  lest the derisory comments, which seem always to cast aspersions on one's age, be heard from one end of the bridge to the other. That said, all credit to them really, as they certainly are prepared to go where this one fears to tread. (91 - 93)                                                                                              

   After the Bridge we still had time to visit the Falls themselves and their attendant souvenir stalls. At this time of the year the falls are in pretty full spate and much of the view is obscured by the mist of their falling. This is what gave rise to the name by which they were once known as "The Smoke that Thunders". Rain capes are obtainable at the entrance to keep you dry but, of course, the photographic opportunities are somewhat curtailed, though still sufficient from some of the drier viewpoints to provide you with an everlasting photographic reminder of one of nature's greater marvels. (94 - 96)


   There are a host of hotels on offer in Victoria falls and we were staying in the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. A major feature of this Hotel is the world famous "Boma Restaurant" with an extensive menu and live entertainment on offer. The grounds contain a number of resident wildlife species and two or three in particular - the Warthogs, Banded Mongooses and beautifully patterned Bushbuck - come right up to your chalet verandas. So also do the ubiquitous Baboons so it is important to keep all doors and windows closed when you are not in residence. (97 - 99)



   Despite the enormous range of visitor attractions and activities on offer in Vic Falls we nevertheless moved on to our last port of call which involved partially retracing our steps to Hwange Game Park. At just over two thirds the size of Wales this National Park is home to an unbelievable amount of Wildlife. There are a great many Hotels, Camps and Lodges in the area where one can stay and we stayed at two of them - Masasa Tented Camp and Hwange Safari Lodge. Daily sojourns into the Park produced very respectable Game numbers despite the fact that there was still a lot of water scattered through the bush, making the official waterholes less of an attraction than they would be later in the dry season. We were able to see and photograph both Roan and Sable Antelope, literally hundreds of Elephants, Lions, several species of small Antelope, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu,  and so the list goes on. (100 - 104) For the Birders there was no shortage of species either and I even managed to lay one of my own bogeys to rest and photograph a Crimson Breasted Shrike at long last. Some very cheeky Hornbills posed near a waterhole which also contained a Pelican as well as a range of Storks and Cranes. (105 - 107)


  As ever I had to be wrenched away from this venue since our Group were due to fly back to Harare to connect with their return flights to UK. ( 108)  

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91Why did I do this?

93 Hope that croc cant jump.

92 Too late to change my mind

96 The Smoke that thunders

95 Vic Falls souvenirs 2

94 Vic Falls souvenirs 1

98 Bushbuck female

99 Banded Mongoose

97 Warthog

100

101 Roan Antelope

103 Hwange Lions

102 Sable Antelope

104 Elephants at waterhole

106 Yellow Billed Hornbill

105 Crimson Breasted Shrike

107 Great White Pelican

108 Hwange Sunset

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