The Trip Winds Down

My last day of activities was on October 21.  I spent the day relaxing by the pool and playing on the Internet and reading my book.  I had booked a sunset cruise with another lady in our group and it turned out another person joined us.  Technically our tour was over but I did have a few extra days in Victoria Falls to allow me to wind down a bit before it was time to start my journey home.  

The sunset cruise was great.  We saw a family of hippos hanging out and two of them were playing in the water.  We encountered some elephants and watched them walk through the water and then up onto the bank and then walk away.  Unfortunately, some of the other boats got between us and them.

While we watched the elephants, the sun was going down behind us.  What a gorgeous way to end our trip!  I was going back and forth and taking pictures of both things – the elephants and the sunset.

Heading Home
Due to the way my flights were, I flew from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg where I had an 8 hour layover.   I talked to customer service about getting my flight changed to potentially get home sooner but it was going to cost me several hundred dollars so I didn’t make any changes. 

Luggage carts were my friend as I wandered the airport a fair bit outside of security.  I wasn’t ready to go through as I didn’t know what types of services there might be on the other side and I knew I was going to want to eat.  I believe that there may not have been Wi-Fi beyond security either.  As it turned out, the internet was difficult for me to connect to and you only got an hours’ worth.

Overall, it was a great trip.  I enjoyed the trip itself, not so much the tents and having to put them up and down daily.  The days where we had an actual bed and no tents were great treats.  I was able to cross a few things off the list of the places I want to go.
I believe my trip cost around 10 thousand Canadian after all spending.  Keep in mind I paid close to 800 Canadian for my hot air balloon ride.  I had several nights on both ends of my trip that I was on my own so I had additional food and hotel nights beyond my actual tour. An unexpected expenditure was buying clothing and toiletries due to lost luggage.   

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