Day 20 – Livingstone

A day without travel, but it  doesn’t mean we’re doing nothing.

Matt is really keen to do zip wire over gorge at Victoria.

Bex is really keen to do Cheetah Interaction (a walk with Cheetahs).

We resolve this by splitting in two. This morning Anita and Matt do the zip wire (it’s a fait et complet for her as she has now suitable shoes for the cheetahs)

We get the free bus to the falls and a gate pass to the bridge. We walk past a long line of trucks waiting to enter Zambia /Zimbabwe.

     
We then walk into the bridge and get another picture of the falls.

      
Then the ‘victims’ make their way to the top of the Zip Wire at the Bridge Café where they are kitted up.

    
   
Then it’s go as they zip down the gorge. 

 
It’s over quickly, but great fun – video will be added eventually.

Then it’s back to Jollyboys,

The afternoon comes and time for Bex and I to go on a Cheetah Interaction, cheetah’s are the one animal we have not seen in the flesh (not seen in Serengeti, Murchison or Chobe) so it is a great chance to get to close to these creatures.

We board a minivan for the 10minute drive to Mukuni Big 5 Safaris on the outskirts of Livingstone.

The animals here are part of a captive breeding program and they are used to encourage ordinary Zambians to live in harmony with their wild neighbours. 

After a briefing on how to approach these big cats, Bex and I are  allowed to meet and greet Lulu – ‘our Cheetah’. Lulu is the youngest of the three animals, she is quite playful, but we need to calm her with gentle voices. She likes to be stroked and can be stroked everywhere apart from ears and paws. She puts loudly as she is stroked and licks both the backs of our fists and my hair. This is a sign of affection and reciprocal grooming. She particularly likes hairy arms!   

    
    
    
    
    
                     
Then it was off for a walk through the bush with our big cats on leads – these are apparently to allow us to keep pace with them.  

    
    
    
    
                 
When approaching a cheetah we do do from behind with a gentle voice. We must walk to the rear of animal at all times but may pet it at any time. We walk for about half an hour then it is all over and we return to the camp and on to Jollyboys.

It’s our last night in Livingstone and we decide to go out to Olga’s for an Italian meal. This restaurant is run by a Olga’s Project. This charity supports vulnerable youth in the Livingstone area. These disadvantaged youth are supported by the money spent in the restaurant or shop or guest house. The monies go directly to a school built by the Diocese of Livingstone and an Italian NGO (CeLIM). This school provides training in plumbing, catering, tailoring, computer etc for orphans and vulnerable youth. 

    
   
A great way to celebrate our last night in Livingstone.

Modes of Transport

  • Minibus
  • Taxi

Distance (miles)

  • 16

Accommodation

  • Camping (Jollyboys)

Cost (not including food)

  • $9 pppn 

Location

  • Livingstone
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6 Comments Add yours

  1. James Scott says:

    great post, I remember being seeing these animals in SA

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gracewilllive says:

    All of you a lot braver than I am!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. janemlong23 says:

    Gives a new meaning to ‘walk on the wild side’ 🐯

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    1. Tanzalongs says:

      It was fab – they were just like big domestic cats in many ways – Bex particularly enjoyed it 🐯🐱

      Like

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