When is a holiday an adventure?

When is a holiday an adventure?

When is a holiday an adventure? We had spent almost three years planning and saving to go to Botswana and Zambia. It was a holiday first with little bits of adventure thrown in, making the most of our annual leave.

The first four nights were camping in a semi permanent tent which was quite luxurious. The adventurous part was the hippos that came out to graze, the bull elephant that came to visit and the lion that walked passed in the night roaring on his way.

For someone who lives in central London and the only wildlife we see is the urban fox this is pretty outside my comfort zone! I didn't mind the lack of sleep or the early mornings when we might see something wonderful animal.

View from our tent

View from our tent

The second adventurous thing we did was canoe through the Delta where we bumped into a hippo wallowing in a pool. We had to get out and carry the canoe around him - and I've got to say he was pretty close! It was incredible to drift through the water seeing the environment from a really different perspective and with no vehicle noise what so ever.  

View from the canoe with a lilypad hat

View from the canoe with a lilypad hat

Next stop was Zambia where we ventured out on the mighty Zambezi. I have never seen a river so big! After swimming in a strong Thames current I could appreciate how strong the currents were - never mind the crocodiles! 

The Zambezi boasts itself to be the adventure capital of Africa with bungee jumping, white water rafting and swimming in the Devil's pool at the edge of Victoria Falls. Unfortunately we couldn't do this as the water levels were super high so we had to content ourselves wih exploring the Falls by foot and getting completely soaked in the process :-)

Mosi-oa-tunya / Victoria Falls  

Mosi-oa-tunya / Victoria Falls  

So was it an adventure? For us yes, but we're city dwellers. It's not often you get to carry a sling shot to scare off the baboons in the wilds of south London. I love Africa and loved spending two weeks rising with the sun and being outdoors the whole time but part of the reason I love it is it's a break. Living so remotely has big challenges and can be really hard work. I'm too used to my creature comforts (I'd miss a decent coffee too much) so I'll have to save my adventures for my weekends and leave.

Who knew elephants could swim so well? 

Who knew elephants could swim so well? 

Recovery Reading

Recovery Reading

A jaunt up Box Hill

A jaunt up Box Hill