From Namibia to Zimbabwe
It was time to bid farewell to Namibia and the early morning was spent packing. We left the camp shortly after breakfast as our departure time had been moved up. Once at the airstrip we waited for the third plane - a smaller Cessna 210 - that had been delayed taking off from Windhoek. John and Nick sardined themselves into the Cessna. The rest of the group got split between a Kodiak and the trusted Cessna Caravan.
It turned out to be quite a challenge to find the pilots of the plane taking us from Windhoek to Victoria Falls Airport, but a few (missed) phone calls later we all got united. Luggage was also a challenge as was finding the VAT Refund location but after about a hour we were all onboard the Jetstream 41 and well underway.
The crew were great and offered to circle the falls and those sitting on the right side got a premium view of the one of the world’s natural wonders.
We zipped through the airport as much as that was possible when visas were purchased on the spot. The AndBeyond crew were waiting outside with two minibuses and a truck for our 23 suitcases. We were all excited to have most of the travel behind us and any remaining thoughts of waiting in line were forgotten when we had to stop for a large heard of elephant and later a beautiful male lion soaking up the sun. Both were roaming outside any kind of park - welcome to Zimbabwe!
The Matetsi River Camp turned out to be even more beautiful in real life. The staff gave us a very warm (dancing) welcome. After initial hellos a group of 11 set out for an impromptu game drive although it had already started getting dark. Journeys of giraffes, heards of elephants, impala and even an hyena were among the things we spotted. So good to be back on game drives!
We went back to our room after a quick dinner and spent a bit of time negotiating with decent-seized spiders. Most met our demands of either leaving the cabins or staying hidden.