Before leaving Victor Falls we spent the morning at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for a very insightful session with a leading conservationist, sharing the wealth of his rich experience. It is still a long way to go but first steps were made giving hope when he was talking about the projects to connect the parks and allowing wildlife to roam from Mozambique and South Africa through Zimbabwe and Botswana to Zambia and further North.
Reaching the border without interruption – not even the police road block we had been warned of at the lodge made us stop – we got caught for more than an hour. They collected our passport and said we must not cross border until we had settled outstanding payment with the campsite. All circumstances looked pretty dodgy despite the big posters in the border post that there is zero tolerance w.r.t. bribes. Stupidly our tour leader had lost the receipt, and it needed some negotiations until he – and only him – was allowed to go back to Victoria Falls to get the issue settled.
After the liberating call from the campsite it went pretty quickly that we got our papers. But it was not over yet. The gate keeper – this time we had our gate passes – for any reason knew that we were Germans. He assumed we must have beer with us. When I denied he countered “But you are Germans, you surely have whiskey.” It was crystal clear what he did want, but we were firm not to bribe him. After a while he gave in and let us pass.
Heading into Kasane to stock up before we got back on the road/track to our next destination: The Chobe National Park.