The next day we went with our friends on a rafting trip down the Zambezi River. This is the same river that feeds into Victoria Falls, but we didn't raft near that part of the river. As we were paddling down the river, we saw lots of hippos and we even saw a crocodile. We were a little anxious at first because hippos are very territorial and sometimes they'll bump into the rafts. This can happen if the raft gets too close to the hippos and they think something threatening is coming into their territory. Since hippos are one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, so we definitely made sure we didn't get too close!
After Victoria Falls, we went to a place called Imbabala Lodge for our last night with our friends. It was also on the Zambezi River and we went on a pontoon boat ride through the wetlands. We saw lots of crocs, hippos and birds, like kingfishers and eagles. Seeing the crocs was amazing. We saw them lying on rocks, swimming in the water, sliding into the water from the shore, and we even saw a baby croc. In addition to showing us the wildlife on the river, our guide showed us how to make necklaces and hats out of the lily pads that we all along the river, which was really fun.
The next morning we were sad to say goodbye to our friends who stayed with us for the past two weeks. While they were on their way back to Johannesburg to fly back home, we were driven just 20 minutes away to the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana. Somebody met us at the border to drive us to the airport in Botswana where we took a really small plane (only 6 passengers!) to get to the camp we're going to for our next safari. I'll tell you all about our safari in Botswana in my next blog. 'Til then!