The Rooster club call for Zambia Eyeglass and Medical came bright and early Tuesday morning. After traveling five hours the bus needed fuel and we needed to stretch. Several more hours of make shift lazy boys, chit chat, snacks, and a stop in the bush, we made it to Livingstone. We were ready to stretch and their appetites readily consumed pizza or cheeseburgers. A forty-five minute drive took us to our campsite and after resetting our tents we enjoyed the view of the Zambezi River Gorge, a few minutes from the campsite.
Wednesday the rooster club started at 5am, followed by breakfast and personal devotions with flashlights. Cameras at the game drive safari were busy with impala, giraffe, greater kudu, monkeys, red-billed hornbilled birds, and white rhinos.
The African Queen Cruise was a relaxing delight, with unlimited sodas and punch, and a lunch of salad, rolls, rice, quiche, chicken curry, steak, and fruit. From our vantage point, cameras were ready with elephants, hippos, and a crocodile.
Victoria Falls was a welcome site. Although the water level was low, beauty remains as the rainbow and mist carries God’s praise heavenward. Souvenirs were later acquired from vendors ready to offer “sunset bargains”.
While the bus driver, Mr. Yoder, and I (Ed) were purchasing the tickets for Victoria Falls, a baboon took advantage of an open driver window. It jumped in and quickly began grabbing the driver’s snacks. The thief was quickly expelled and the window shut closed.
By now, Mr. Yoder’s suspicions proved true regarding the buses clutch. While we viewed Victoria Falls, the diver and Mr. Yoder (who also drove), took the bus to get repaired. The bus was still in the shop by the end of the day, so another bus taxi took us back to camp. Half of the next day was spent waiting for the bus to be fixed. A different bus taxi picked up the team from the campsite and took us to town where we spent the rest of the day shopping in the markets. At this point, it was 8:30pm and the bus was still not finished. Without transportation and hours from our next nights stay, we took up residency in the Fairmont Hotel a block away from the shopping markets. We enjoyed an English breakfast at the hotel, had personal devotions, and should be starting our journey back to Ndola shortly. – Ed M. and Eden V.H.