An overnight journey in the once-luxurious private compartment of a National Railway of Zimbabwe train brings us to Victoria Falls. Departing Bulawayo at 7:30pm, it chugs along slowly and stops often, in order to arrive at Vic Falls at a decent hour of the morning. We arrive just after 8am, approximately one hour ahead of schedule.
We walk to a local backpackers and set up our tent before heading to the Falls. Our South African residence permits save us US$10 each on admission. At 107 metres high and 1,737 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders across the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.