September 22, 1995
The Falls and The Fall
We spend the morning touring Victoria Falls. First we take a spectacular tour by helicopter, then crossed the Victoria Falls bridge to see it from the Zambian side of the river. This is the end of the dry season, and after many years of drought, the water flow on the Zambian side is very low. The canyons and rock formations are impressive, and make up for the disappointing flow of water. From the bridge we can watch the whitewater rafts traversing the rapids hundreds of meters below us. The heat beats us down, and we retreat to the lodge to recover.
That afternoon we tour the Zimbabwe side with Jim and Julia from England. The water flow on this side is still very strong, and the lighting dramatic as the sun goes down. Sigrid takes too many pictures.
You can walk from Zimbabwe to Zambia by crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge. At the center of the bridge is the "Africa Extreme" bungee jump operation. They claim to be the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at 111 meters... and yes, I did it.
Special Note to Chris Arisian - Thanks for the lucky t-shirt.
This is an AVI file of the jump. I can assure you the few seconds of postage-stamp video are not worth the 742K of download time, but hey ... knock yourself out:
NOTE FROM THE FUTURE: This is a back-post / cross-post from my first on-line effort - a Journal of our Southern Africa Tour in 1995. Originally posted on an abandoned domain (netsnake.com), the term "blog" had not yet entered the parlance. I cut and pasted the original entry for this post, keeping the original low-rez screencaps for historical integrity, and substituting an updated YouTube upload of the videotape they made of my jump and a few of Sigrid's photos.
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