Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar

92nd on my continuing saga to accomplish the #lakbay100 journey
January 11 to 12, 2019

My 72nd solo backpacking trip14th country to visit in African continent92nd country visited on my journey #lakbay100, 5th continent on my list and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.


Madagascar is a country that occupies a large island of the same name, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world. Madagascar's long isolation from the neighbouring continents has resulted in a unique mix of plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world. This has led some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the "eighth continent". Of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar, 90% are found nowhere else in the world. 

https://wikitravel.org/en/Madagascar

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (ring-tailed lemur)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Winter Tunisia

91st on my continuing saga to accomplish the #lakbay100 journey
January 04 to 05, 2019

My 71st solo backpacking trip13th country to visit in African continent91st country visited on my journey #lakbay100, 5th continent on my list and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.


Tunisia has a rich cultural history, ever since Antiquity. The Carthaginian Empire, Rome's arch enemy, was centred in Tunisia. Its capital, Carthage, is now a suburb of Tunis. Founded by Phoenician settlers from Tyre and Sidon (modern day Lebanon), Carthage was an ancient Mediterranean powerhouse. Three wars between Rome and Carthage (known as the Punic wars) were waged in the first few centuries before the birth of Christ. 

https://wikitravel.org/en/Tunisia 

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Winter Tunisia (National Bardo Museum)

Victoria Falls in Zambia Morning Tour

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls
December 26 to 28, 2018


IMPORTANT !! Filipino citizens are not eligible for day-tripper (24-hr) visa at the Zimbabwe-Zambia border in Victoria Falls bridge.


Spanning almost 1.7 kilometres, and split between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the mighty Victoria Falls can be seen from both sides of the Zambezi River and has two entrance gates. The beautiful Victoria Falls is located within the Victoria Falls National Park (on the Zimbabwe side), and the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (on the Zambia side), which means that for you to see the entire length of this the largest waterfall in the world, you will need to enter via two gates in two different countries.

Day 3: December 28, 2018 Friday

0530H ETD Hostel; walk to Border
0600H Zimbabwe border; Victoria Bridge
0645H Zambia border; gate pass $20 
Victoria falls 20 (Boiling pot trail, Photography trail, Knife edge trail)
0845H ETD Victoria Falls Livingstone
0930H Zimbabwe - Zambia border
1000H back to hotel; refreshments 8
1045H ETD Hostel; shuttle to Airport (Shearwater booking 14)
Total: 48 USD

Victoria Falls in Zambia Morning Tour

Zambesi River Low-Tide White-water Rafting

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls
December 26 to 28, 2018


My 1st time experience to be capsized in rafting; on rapid #18 (Oblivion), class #5. The 3rd crashing wave is responsible for more raft flips than any other in the world – only about 1 in 4 attempts succeed! This rapid marks the end of the “low water” one-day run.


The Zambezi River is acclaimed as the “wildest one-day whitewater run in the World” highly regarded by white water rafting enthusiasts as one of the top ten paddling rivers on the planet! Zambezi white water rafting has been classified by the British Canoe Union as Grade 5 – which is “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. This is a high volume, pool-drop river with little exposed rock either in the rapids or in the pools below the rapids. “low water” run takes place when the Zambezi River is at its low level between July and mid-February. This is the most exciting time to go rafting. Day trips run between rapids 1 and 19. “high water” run when the water rises and flows more rapidly and the day trips move downstream from rapids 11 to 24. Usually between February to July with a short “closed” season around April/May depending on the season’s rains.
https://www.zambezi.com/blog/2012/zambezi-white-water-rafting/

Day 2: December 27, 2018 Thursday

breakfast 7; pick-up for white water rafting (Shearwater white water rafting booking 118)
includes lunch, unlimited drinks (water, soda, beer), guide fee, park fee, pick-up/drop-off to hotel)
0900H ETD Victoria Falls town
250masl steep trekking;  1st time experience capsized raft in the middle of level 5 rapid; I don't swim.
1430H ETD Zambesi River; photos 11
1500H ETA Rest Camp and Lodge; early dinner 17; Victoria Falls Airport Shuttle 14; beers 6
Total: 55 USD

Zambesi River Low-Tide White-water Rafting

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