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The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

 The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

[UPDATE 1/10/11 8:30 A.M. EST - There is a twitter account (possibly) established by Safari Par Excellence. Follow them at @SafParZambia Their name has been in the news, attached to the accident, but they book all kinds of African Tours, don't operate any of them. I think if they had a Facebook and Twitter account ahead of time, they could have minimized the press they are getting. A lesson to all companies out there - if you don't engage in social media, you'll regret it later when you need it.]

Donate to Passports With Purpose; Win Prizes & I’ll Match Your Donation!

 Donate to Passports With Purpose; Win Prizes & Ill Match Your Donation!
Zambian Passport Stamp

Last week’s post provided suggestions on gifts you could give the traveler in your family. But if you’re a traveler yourself, today I’m asking you to give back this holiday season.

Passports With Purpose

Passports With Purpose is a non-profit organization that gives back to the destinations travelers visit. Uniting travel bloggers from around the internet, last year they raised $64,128 to build houses in India. This year, they are partnering with Room to Read to build a library in Zambia, Africa – home to Victoria Falls, one of my favorite travel destinations.

Spotting Victoria Falls by Helicopter: What’s it Like?

 Spotting Victoria Falls by Helicopter: Whats it Like?

I’ve always wanted to fly in a helicopter. It’s been on my adventure list for a long time. But to shell out $130 for 15-minutes of airtime… well it better be for something spectacular. Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, has dozens of lookout points that offer breathtaking views. But to truly complete your experience, you need to see it from above.

10 Reasons Why I Recommend Chanters Lodge, Livingstone

 10 Reasons Why I Recommend Chanters Lodge, Livingstone

If you read my post on accommodation in Livingstone, Zambia, you’ll see the story of how I booked my room at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone. With the power of twitter I was on my way. Here’s a list of the 10 reasons why I enjoyed my stay.*

10. Quiet, Peaceful, Calm

 10 Reasons Why I Recommend Chanters Lodge, Livingstone

With 11 rooms, you’ll find the lodge quiet, peaceful and well…calm. The location of the hotel is just beyond the main part of town, close enough to be where you need to be quick, but far enough away to get that sense of escape and relief.

Victoria Falls Bridge Bungee Jump

 Victoria Falls Bridge Bungee Jump

[Update 1/8/12 - There was an accident at this Bungee Jump a few days ago. Here's my opinion on it and extreme sports in general.]

Earlier this week I debated whether or not I should Bungee Jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch this YouTube video to see how I answered the question…

Can you believe it? I did it!!!

I was jumper number 22 for the day at 69 Kilograms.

Should I Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls?

[Update 1/8/12 - There was an accident at this Bungee Jump a few days ago. Here's my opinion on it and extreme sports in general.]

Should I Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls?

That’s the question I asked myself over and over again.

 Should I Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls?

That gorge is a long way down! 111 meters to be exact (364 feet).

Bungee Jumping has always been on My Adventure List. There are lots of places one can go bungee jumping in the world. But the ONLY place you should consider doing it is Victoria Falls. Except for one thing, it’s incredibly terrifying to think about it, look at it and make the decision to sign the legal paperwork to do it.

5 Tips For Crossing the Border from Zambia to Zimbabwe

 5 Tips For Crossing the Border from Zambia to Zimbabwe

I’ll be honest, I was hesitant to enter Zimbabwe. Let’s face it, Zimbabwe hasn’t earned any awards recently for: Best Example by a World Leader, Most Stable Currency or 365 Days With No Government Corruption. So it was with some trepidation and excitement that I decided to cross the border for the day to see Victoria Falls. I was traveling alone, knew very little about what to expect and am sure many of you may be in the same situation. So here’s some tips on what to expect when crossing the border on the Victoria Falls Bridge from Zambia to Zimbabwe.

An Interview with Richard Chanter of Chanters Lodge, Livingstone

 An Interview with Richard Chanter of Chanters Lodge, Livingstone
This adventure to Victoria Falls was sponsored by Chanters Lodge, Livingstone. Considering a trip to Livingstone? Click the photo to book your accommodation at Chanters Lodge.

It Started on Trip Advisor

And it’s the people that keep him working all these years. A chance encounter with an ill guest led Richard into the world of social media and the Internet. He explained,

“I took him to the doctor and brought him back. He said, “Have you ever heard of Trip Advisor? Join it. It would be in your best interest.””

Victoria Falls: Zambia Side

 Victoria Falls: Zambia Side

A Dream Come True

Let me start off by saying this trip to Victoria Falls was the realization of a lifelong dream. Over the course of six trips to South Africa for 4 years, I’ve been trying to reach this incredible natural wonder. I knew that my most recent trip to South Africa would be my last for a long time, so no matter the cost I was determined to add a trip to Victoria Falls – and I did. Check out this YouTube video to discover what there is to do at Victoria Falls: