How to Walk with Lions, Bungee jump 111m, Hang on the edge of the most dangerous pool in the world, get in a fight with a Baboon in Zambia and survive.
by Elena Levon
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and I was not happy” ~ E. Hemingway ( neither have I .. )
- Visited and made a donation at the Lubasi Home for Children in Livingstone.
- If you would like to help these children in any way you can or volunteer, please visit their website –> LUBASI HOME <–
- I know it’s not a part of Zambia but it’s a story worth mentioning — Before my flight to Livingstone, I was stuck at the Johannesburg airport in South Africa for 10 hours at night.. So I had to rent a room at the only Transit Hotel at the Airport — Protea Hotel Transit. I didn’t have a choice. So I went into the hotel and spoke to a nice gentleman who works at the desk, Joseph. I asked him how much it would be to sleep there for a few hours until my flight to Livingstone. He informed me that rooms start at $270 … after which I asked him ” Does the BJ come with it?! “ He lost it and started laughing. After that he gave me a great deal — $ 133 … Lesson — It pays to make someone laugh .. I loved the hotel by the way !
- WALKED WITH AFRICAN LIONS IN THE WILD –> HERE <– Young lions are walked in the bush to encourage survival skills and bush knowledge – essential developments to ensure their eventual release into the wild. They will also have a sponsorship program that will include a GPS tracking system that will allow you as a sponsor the ability to track your sponsored animal when it is released into the wild.
One of the lions ~ Lilly got frisky with me;
but it was my mistake and I take full responsibility!!… ( you’re supposed to always let them know that it is YOU behind them … I forgot for a moment; stopped brushing my hand through her coat then my hair or my hand touched her ear, so she reminded me with a laud Lion Roar, several inches away from my face, that she is a Wild Animal, after all who acts on Instincts ) we reconciled shortly after and SHE took me on an amazing, once in a life time walk around her kingdom. –
Wild souls, belong in the wild and even though other couple from Colorado, USA who were walking with me, almost pooped their pants, I got even closer to Lions, Simba and Lilly and enjoyed this out of this world experience!
Here, by their side, I felt true peace and my whole being was calm, happy and home.
- I met my soul sister Irina, who’s life story, path, priorities and character are very similar to my own and with whom we were finishing each other sentences.. after only knowing one another for a few days. We bungee jumped on the same day and decided that we are going to explore Morocco in the near future together..
- Baboon at Victoria Falls Park was the sneakiest creature I’ve ever met!
I had to get in a fight with her, cause she stole my bag… I made an exchange — thrown her a bag of bananas, then she let go of my bag with my money and passport. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. We put on a real show and should have charged everyone who was watching the whole fiasco. Then she climbed on the roof of the near by house and quickly ate all of MY bananas.
I’m sure someone has pictures of this show, since everything in the Park stopped and EVERYONE was watching.
- Went to the Devil’s Pool: The Most Dangerous Pool In The World. It is created each year at the fringes of Victoria Falls, when the dry season reduces water levels to create what has been likened to the ultimate infinity pool.
- It was just me, another guy, Stephen from New Zealand ( who’s girlfriend refused to join him on this hot but exiting adventure ) and a guide, who asked me if I can swim when we came to a spot where you HAVE TO swim to get to the Pool. I said ” yes I can “, got in the water and kicked both of their asses with my freestyle technique : ) ( that’s years of training at the ” Dinamo ” sport club in Moscow for ya.. )
- I couldn’t believe I was at the edge of the gorgeous Victoria Falls surrounded by stunning nature and colorful rainbows , sounds of thundering waters, about to jump in the most dangerous pool in the world and then hang right on the edge of death with 100 m drop! Wow! What a feeling that was!
If I ever do decide to get married someday ( well, who knows, crazier things have happened ) I want it to be in some place like this one! No napkins with our initials!!, millions of dollars wedding, No Hawaii beach chairs with rose pedals, there will be no Vera Wang or any other couture dress ( I’m getting married, NOT the dress ! ) and all other stupid nonsense that was shoved down our throats with stories like Cinderella, where everyone lived happily ever after! No thanks! I pass on happily ever after! I want a REAL life! Not a fairytale one! It’ll be just him, me ( and anyone else who’s brave enough ) saying ” I do’s or I don’t’ s ” then jumping in the water or something similar to this.. ( you’re more than welcome to steal this idea… live a little ! )
- Wondered around the Victoria Falls park and gazed upon stunning Nature!
- Said goodbye to a wonderful lady in town, from whom I always bought my bananas while I was in Livingstone. She is a mute and with a newly born, everyday on the same place by the road. I came there to buy last bananas, take her picture and give her dollars for my bananas that I won’t be able to buy tomorrow… I wanted to remember her… However our slippery and aging minds sometimes forget, but I didn’t want mine to ever forget HER… that’s why I took this picture. I tried to explain to her ( with my hands ) that it was my last day and that I’m flying home. She looked at me with sad eyes, then smiled, took my hand and squeezed it hard and placed her other hand over it. I said goodbye to her and her tiny baby, turned around and made my last walk to my hotel … that’s when I felt hot and salty tears running down my cheeks.
Africa really does change you.. if you let it…