Having spent a lovely day in Lusaka, exploring the most exciting mall we'd seen in a while, we were well rested and ready to head to Livingstone the next day. We had stayed in Lusaka backpackers which was super cool and we planned to stay in Jollyboys backpackers when we got to Livingstone. We spent an evening and a full day hanging out at Manda Hill mall in Lusaka city centre where we enjoyed fine dining good shopping before booking our 7 hour bus trip at the inter city bus station. The bus would leave at 6am and we planned to spend the rest of the day in Livingstone exploring the town and then the next full day at the falls.
The next day we checked out of Lusaka backpackers and reserved a room for when we returned. We took the luxury bus at 6am and were provided with the best front row seats behind the driver, right in front of the TV screen which felt like we were at the movies. The journey was really enjoyable and we had a decent sleep and ate the goodies we'd prepared for ourselves while watching one of the blockbusters they showed onscreen. The journey went pretty fast and before we knew it we had arrived in Livingstone, aquired an Indian traveller friend and checked into the pretty amazing Jollyboys backpackers.
The backpackers was well equipped with a pool, a sunken cushion filled lounge area, an upstairs chillout room, a bar and a restaurant. It was here that I ran into my Mzoozoozoo pal Christian once again and his wife who were due to see the falls tomorrow too. After a recommendation from Christian, we headed to Cafe Zambezi for some delicious food before going to the station to buy our bus tickets once again to get back to Lusaka. I had changed my plan and decided to go back with Elise to Mzuzu for a week or so. After that, we explored the town and then the Mukuni craft markets which we were told were 'hassle free' but in actual fact were more hassling than anywhere else. We bought some souvenirs and then headed back to the hostel for a quite evening out of the stormy weather.
The next day we checked out, stored our luggage at the bus station and after a quick breakfast we headed to the falls with the free hostel bus. The day spent at the falls was truly incredible and our decision to rent the ponchos they had on offer, was the best decision of the day. We walked around the park for hours and hours getting absolutely drenched by the powerful spray of the largest waterfall on earth and took some of the trails to see the falls from so many different angles. At the end, we even left the park and Zambia, to enter the bridge crossing to Zimbabwe for a few minutes to see people jump the third largest bungee in the world. We were officially in Zimbabwe even if it wasn't for long. The day brought so many amazing memories and left us in awe of the power of Mother Nature. I was worried that I would be disappointed having seen Niagara and Iguassu Falls previously but this sight blew my mind over and over again. What an amazing place.
Later on we took a shared taxi back to town, had some dinner at Cafe Zambezi and headed to the bus station to leave on our 7pm journey back to Lusaka. It was yet another luxurious journey back and it wasn't long before we arrived at Lusaka Backpackers only to be given a courtesy double chalet room because they had not reserved our dorm beds for us. We had a decent sleep before we were due to check our and head back to Lilongwe on the bus that would turn out to bête journey from hell.