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10 Fun Date Ideas That Are Totally Free

Fun Date Ideas

Dating, can get really expensive very quickly. it doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, already married or are in a committed relationship. All the fancy dinners along with the flowers and pricey chocolates eventually add up. Don’t get me wrong, fancy is nice but why blow your budget when they’re are plenty of free and fun ideas (that aren’t Netflix and chill) to choose from. You can still plan fancy dates while using these ones to balance it out. Trust me, your bank account will thank you.

Keep reading for free and fun date ideas to try with your significant other.

Explore a museum an art gallery

Celebrate the arts, go on a tour of your local art gallery or museum, take the time to appreciate art and soak in the culture.

Watch the sun rise or set

Dates don’t always have to such a commitment especially if you’re both very busy. Schedule some quiet time alone to just bond and enjoy nature together.

Watch a movie at home

Put on your pajamas, dim the lights, make some popcorn and then snuggle up with your partner and watch some movies together (tip: you can watch each other’s favorite movies back to back) way more romantic than seeing the movie in a crowded theater.

Go on a picnic at the beach or in a park

Pack a basket filled with each other’s favorite snacks, some drinks, and sandwiches, grab a blanket to sit on and you’re all set.

Explore your city

Be a tourist for a day, do a real deep check and find out cool places in your city you never knew about, or haven’t been to and then surprise your partner with the destination. If you get hungry, you can always stop by somewhere for a quick bite.

Spend the day at an amusement park or the zoo

There is literally so much to do at amusement parks, you can get food, go on rides just having fun together. You can also visit the zoo, check out the animal and take some fun photos of yourselves.

Host a cookout for a double or even triple date

This is a really fun and less expensive way to entertain. You get to dine at home in the company of good friends and your partner without all the noise and distractions

Schedule an at home massage

Pamper each other during spa night, light up some candles, take a bubble bath and give each other the best steamy massage ever 😉

Go bike riding or hiking

Getting sweaty and fit is more fun together so take a hike or go bike riding together. Do this in the morning so you can cover more ground before it gets too hot.

Learn a new skill together

This is a way for you both to work closely as a team there are tons of new skills you could learn together it could be painting, cooking, or even dancing. Whatever you both decide on and long as you both enjoy it and have a good time.

How to Block Out The Noise In Your Relationship


It is essential to block out the noise in your relationship. Relationships in themselves are not easy; they require a lot of work, dedication, and compromise. It is even more difficult to be in a relationship if there is a lot of noise and distraction from the outside. These “noises” normally come from two places: friends and family. In episode 8 of The Gloria Magazin Podcast, we explored the different ways friends and family can negatively influence your relationship and how to block out the noise in your relationship.

Why Should You Block Out The Noise In Your Relationship?

If you want to live a life free of regrets then you have to learn to block out the noise when it comes to your relationship. A few bad words can sow seeds of distrust and uncertainty in a good relationship. Most people who listen to friends and family when it comes to relationships have ended up with partners they do not really like or single. If you try to please everyone but yourself, then you will be nothing but a puppet and so will your relationship.

Focus on the connection


It is always useful to remember why and how you came to be with your partner. You both had a connection that you may not have found anywhere else, so focus on that connection. When you feel yourself wavering because of the noise from others, just remember why you chose to be with your partner.

Don’t try to change your partner

One of the effects of “noise” from others is that you try to change your partner to become someone others may like. Even if you do succeed in changing the other person, you will no longer have the person you fell in love with.

All that glitters is not gold

Nothing is always as it seems. Just because others think a person is perfect for you does not make it the truth. For instance, one woman started dating a Caucasian because her friends suggested they’d give birth to beautiful babies. After a few months of dating, the woman had a fall out with her boyfriend and because of this met her demise. The guy came to her house and shot her dead.

Parents are not always right

Among Africans, the majority of “noises” in a relationship come from our parents. Even though they wish the best for you, they may not know what you want in a relationship. This means they cannot be in charge of choosing a partner for you.

Keep it private

I saved the best advice for last. The best way to block out the noise in your relationship is to prevent the noise. If only a few people know about your relationship then you don’t have to deal with a lot of noise.

I hope you find this post really helpful. If you have any suggestions, stories or comments, we would love to hear them so put them in the comment section down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletters below, it’s free: all you need is your first name and email.

What I did After My Breakup?


Breaking up or walking away from any relationship is tough. And it is even tougher if you were really invested in the relationship. Most likely, you put a lot of energy into building it up and planned your future together with this ex. And suddenly all the planning and effort goes down the drain. I went through a similar situation and here is what I did to permanently get over my breakup.

Take time to grieve

Breaking up is painful! So you deserve to cry and grieve. You lost something you considered very special so go ahead and cry but set a deadline for that. Once the deadline is up, start working on getting over it.

Get rid of everything

Delete the pictures, give back the gifts or burn them. It sounds harsh but this is the most physical form of closure you can get. You don’t need things that will remind you of all the things you’ve lost.

Don’t make it a conversation

It’s tempting to tell people about your situation but that just prolongs the process. Pretend like nothing happened and keep it moving. If people ask about the breakup, just tell them, “It just didn’t work out.”

Avoid venting on social media

Hahaha… I made this mistake once. After my breakup, I resulted to Facebook to share all these sad poems and music videos. I got a couple of messages from people trying to console me but all it did was intensify the hurt. And everyone I didn’t know now knew that I had a breakup.

Forgive them but stay away

The worst thing you can do is hold on to the anger and bitterness after a breakup. You must realize that there are no bad people, just bad relationships. Forgive them and let go of the bitterness but don’t talk to them right away and even when you do, it should be brief and occasional.

Don’t stay at home

Get out of the house! The best way to clear your mind is to fill it with new scenes and experiences. When I was going through my breakup, I moved back home and spent a lot of time with my sisters. It took my mind of everything and helped me deal with the breakup.

Don’t date right after

No one should jump into a new relationship right after a breakup. You need time to develop a fresh mindset and regain your appreciation for relationships. Most people rush into relationships and carry the bitterness from the last relationship right into the next one.

Have Some Fun With Stripes


Stripes are a great pattern for fashion; they can be subtle or bold, can slim you down, can look professional on a business suit, and can add visual interest and depth to any piece you own. Using stripes of different colors and varying widths can make your outfit fun and give you a unique look. Consider how to have fun with stripes on anything you wear.

First consider trying stripes of different widths, rather than just pinstripes. Thin pinstripes are very good for professional suits and can break up a monochromatic look. They can also slim you down and coordinate with your blouse or sweater. However, pinstripes have been around for decades, so you might try thick stripes for a fun touch. Larger vertical stripes can be very slimming and very eye-catching and they’re a unique touch on a professional suit.

You can also have fun with stripes by mixing up the colors. If you see a piece with more than one color for stripes, consider wearing it with something solid so it’s not overwhelming, but different colors of stripes give your clothes dimension and depth.

Typically you don’t mix and match striped pieces but if you do it right, this can also add a unique and personal touch to your wardrobe and create a fun look. You might try pinstriped trousers with a blazer that has thicker stripes, or striped jeans with a t-shirt that has smaller stripes. Coordinate the colors so everything complements but don’t be bound by the old rules that stripes need to match.

Striped pants are also a great touch for any occasion and striped jeans or casual trousers can be a great option when going out. Try white jean with blue or red stripes or red jeans with white stripes. These too can slim down your legs and make you look taller, and are very unique and personal.

Mix up your stripes with other patterns for even more visual interest. You might try striped pants with a polka dot sweater or some other fun patterns. Try to avoid stripes with more geometric shapes as these can be too harsh, so mix it up with softer shapes that are rounded or curved. When you wear striped pants or a striped skirt, try a tee with a fun graphic or sweater with complementary design.

You can also have fun with stripes by introducing them in your accessories. A colorful handbag with stripes or pumps with stripes can be visually stunning but not overwhelming. These can break up a floral print or monochromatic outfit and make your accessories stand out. Toss out the old rules about wearing stripes and have fun with your fashion for your own personalized look.

Garden Gloves Extra Long – To Protect Your Arms

Gardening Gloves

If you have allergies or sensitivities to things in the environment, you will be happy to know that you can now buy extra long garden gloves designed specifically to protect your arms. If you have ever grown and harvest raspberries or roses, you know the dangers associated with these plants and their prickers, so a pair of extra long garden gloves would make yard work much more pleasant.

Traditional Garden Gloves

Traditional garden gloves come in a variety of different textiles to meet the needs of the gardener, but the gloves cover the hands and the wrists. If you are working with plants that have long stems and prickers or thorns, traditional garden gloves do very little protect any part of the arm. If you have ever had to stick your arm into a raspberry bush, you know the dangers associated with the thorns that cover the canes and branches and having extra long garden gloves would make transplanting, harvest, and trimming bushes much less painful.

Types of Extra Long Garden Gloves

Extra long garden gloves also come in a variety of different textiles, like rubber, canvas, and leather to meet the needs of the garden. The difference between the extra long garden gloves and the traditional length gloves is that the extra long gloves cover the forearm up to the elbow. They are usually quite wide at the elbow to accommodate different sizes of arms.

Utilitarian and Whimsical Garden Gloves

Extra long garden gloves can be designed to be utilitarian or a bit whimsical. The part of the glove that covers the hand is usually very utilitarian, but the part that covers the arm is where the whimsy comes into play. Often, if the gloves are designed for women, the forearm is covered with a fun fabric print or with ruffles or some pretty embellishment to make the gloves more fun to wear. Despite the whimsy and embellishments, extra long garden gloves will still help you get the difficult gardening work finished with less pain and discomfort.

Garden Gloves for Allergy Sufferers

For those who have sensitivities to pollen or grasses or other environmental elements, extra long garden gloves can protect your skin. It might be warm outside, so you do not want to wear long sleeves, but the extra long garden gloves can protect the part of the body that is usually the closest to the plant and other greenery. If you purchase extra long garden gloves with rubber forearms, you can truly protect the arms from allergens because the rubber is not permeable by pollens and other allergens.

Where to Buy Extra Long Garden Gloves

Extra long garden gloves can be purchased at your favorite garden supply store or home improvement warehouse. You might be able to find them at fun boutiques and they are available on Etsy. If you are motivated and like to do things yourself, you can even make your own extra long garden gloves by combining traditional garden gloves with long rubber gloves and your favorite embellishments.

How to Deal With Daytime Sleepiness


Daytime fatigue can be annoying at best, and downright deadly in extreme cases. Drowsy drivers falling asleep at the wheel can cause accidents that cost them their lives and the lives of others, and nodding off at work can cost you your job or put you in harm’s way. If you seem tired in front of others they may mistake this for boredom and your relationships might suffer, and you may miss out on many fun activities because you’re too fatigued to go out. How do you deal with daytime sleepiness and get the rest and energy you need?

Your nighttime sleep habits will affect your daytime energy levels, so this is the first thing to address. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, consider why this might be. Do you stay up too late? Are you drinking too much coffee or cola or something else with caffeine? If you’re heavyset then you might be physically uncomfortable and unable to sleep. You might also have emotional worries that keep you up at night. Address all these issues so you can get to sleep each and every night.

In other cases you may be sleepy during the day because your metabolism is low and you have no energy. Your metabolism is the rate you burn calories every day, and the higher your metabolism, the more energy you have. To raise your metabolism you need to be more active. This may sound confusing, that you need to be more active so you’re less sleepy but it does work. Being active raises your heart rate and your metabolism and in turn, your energy levels. Those who are active also tend to sleep better at night.

Daytime sleepiness can also be caused by a high-stress job as you try to focus on many things at once or feel constantly distracted. The mind needs rest just like the body, and without proper breaks the body may make you feel sleepy so that the mind can shut off during sleep. To address this problem, you need to take regular breaks so your mind can switch off and get rest. During your coffee breaks, take a walk outside or around the building. Be sure you use your lunch hour and don’t spend it working at your desk. During your off-hours, practice yoga or meditation or other habits that help you to relax mentally.

Avoid stimulants like caffeine and energy drinks if you feel sleepy during the day as these can interfere with healthy sleep cycles and may make you anxious and nervous. If you continue to have daytime fatigue, you might also want to see a doctor to rule out health concerns like low iron levels, low blood sugar, and other conditions that may require medical intervention.

How to Waterproof Your Shoes


While it’s good to protect your best and most expensive shoes by carrying them with you and changing when you need to walk in inclement weather, you can waterproof shoes of all materials in just a few minutes so they’re protected from rain and snow. This is especially important when the seasons change and spring arrives and when you spend hundreds of dollars on your shoes. After all, you want to protect that investment!

The way you waterproof your shoes will depend on the material. You use different treatments for suede, leather, vinyl, and other shoe materials and will also use different application methods. The easiest way to waterproof your shoes is to purchase a spray that is meant for the shoe material in particular and use that over all parts of your shoes, but even with this treatment method you need to use caution. Some sprays are very lightweight and don’t protect well and may not work for all the materials of shoes you have.

Wax-based polishes are good for waterproofing various forms of shoes as the wax provides a thin coating over the shoe material which repels water as well as dirt, salt, and mud. The wax also nourishes and moisturizes leather and vinyl materials so they’re less likely to crack. If you polish your shoes once per week with a wax-based polish you’ll be providing it with a waterproof coating at the same time.

Specialty waterproof compounds are made to provide a barrier against moisture but don’t give your shoes that shine that you’ll get with wax. These compounds are usually found in those sprays you purchase but the better the brand, the better the seal you’ll get. It’s often recommended that you use your waterproof compound and then a wax polish on top of that. Those that are sold in solid form will be thicker and provide a better seal for your shoes.

Before you use any type of waterproofing material on your shoes, you want to determine if the material will withstand the treatment without fading or changing the color. Choose a part of the shoe that won’t show such as the back of the heel and test just a part of it. Before you waterproof your shoes, clean them thoroughly with a brush or wet rag so you’re not waterproofing over dirt and mud. Make sure the shoe is completely dry.

It’s good to waterproof once a month during winter or any rainy season so you know your shoes are completely protected. Be sure you treat them everywhere, including along the sole and the stitching between the sole and body of the shoe, and the heel. This will keep your shoes dry and comfortable all season long.

How to beat jet lag


Mother Nature throws some mighty curve balls – and jet lag is one of the nastiest biorhythm hurdles. While some frequent fliers thrive on the executive experience of taking frequent international flights, others bemoan the exhaustion and confusion that comes with constantly changing time zones. Meanwhile, there’s nothing worse than wasting your precious vacation time because you’re too knackered to leave the hotel room.

There are a number of ways to combat and to try and overcome jet lag, including pressure point techniques and medication, but most travellers agree that natural methods are the most effective way to adjust to your new time zone quickly. The key is to plan ahead for your arrival and to make compromises with – rather than try and dictate – your body’s natural rhythms.

• Plan your flight time – the battle against fatigue starts the moment you step on board the aircraft. First and foremost, flyers should try and use the time in flight to adjust to their destination time. This means that if you’ve booked a cheap flight to Thailand that touches down in the morning, you should get as much sleep as you can on the plane. However, if you’ll be arriving in the evening or at night, you’ll want to stay awake for most of the flight so you’ll be ready to hit the hay.

• Limit alcohol and stay active – it’s important to stay hydrated during your flight as cabin pressurised air tends to be quite dry. Also limit the number of drinks you have on board as the alcohol increases dehydration. Dehydration can increase the likelihood of bad jet lag as your body will be less equipped to handle the experience. Meanwhile, little in seat exercises, especially if you’re in the cramped economy sections of cheap flights, will keep your circulation flowing which will help you feel more energetic when you arrive.

Adjust as soon as you arrive – once you arrive at your destination, do what you can to adjust to a normal schedule. If it’s day, stay outdoors and in the sun as our bodies respond well to daylight. Meanwhile, some hotels are offering ingenious jet lag services such as bright light therapy to help you battle fatigue.  Resist the urge to take a nap even a short quick one if you can.

Did you know?

According to the Journal of Sport Behavior, eastward travel is more difficult to handle because it compresses days into shorter time periods, which takes your body further away from its natural rhythms. Westward travel, on the other hand, expand your day – so the experience is more like staying up late for one night rather than trying to go to sleep at 5 in the afternoon!

Jordan – Desert smiles


The smell of fresh figs, dates and pomegranates is an assault on the senses as I move among the shoppers in the marketplace of Amman. I bite into the nugget of juicy mango offered by the stallholder and accept a handful of saffron-flavoured pistachios and a sliced fig. He smiles a greeting. The smile is genuine, the welcome real, for the Jordanians’ warmth and traditional hospitality have not been corrupted by mass tourism.

Jordan offers the visitor everything from ancient sites to stunning beaches, plus stress-free modern shopping and superb hotels. There are no touts spoiling your walk as you follow in the footsteps of Old Testament prophets or wander the sandy streets of 3,000-year-old cities, and no beggars implore you with outstretched hands for a few cents, for there are no beggars here.

The shopkeepers are busier with their worry beads than with their calculators and no one tries to sell you a kaftan when you finger the beaded silk robes outside a shop. Dead Sea health products – especially the mud, which works wonders on the face and body – finely decorated daggers and swords and the high-quality, hand-blown glass for which Jordan is famous are real bargains in this part of the Middle East.

Amman’s Roman remains are overlooked because of the glory that is Petra but this city that sprawls across seven hills has a rich history of its own. Wander among its centuries-old colannaded streets, its well-preserved Roman theatre and Nymphaeneum. Better still, view them from Citadel Hill in the early morning when the stones of Hercules’ Temple and the Umayyad Palace on the summit are awash with golden sunlight.

Gigantic sandstone blocks litter the ground, part of the Roman Temple jigsaw awaiting completion by archaeologists working on this vast 1200BC complex. The nearby museum houses the third-century Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered by Bedouin in 1947.

A few hours’ drive along the King’s Highway that cuts through the desert and you are in Wadi Rum, familiar to film fans as the setting for Lawrence of Arabia. Massive pillars of red sandstone surge out of the dun-coloured desert that was once a caravan route: many of the rocks and stones still show the graffitti engraved on them 2,000 years ago. To spend a night in the desert as the sunset deepens the shadows and colours the rocks, to sleep under inky black skies filled with stars, and to wake at dawn to see the rocks change from brown to reddish-pink is a life-affirming event you will never forget.

Not far from Wadi Rum, the Red Sea port of Aqaba lies in a spectacular setting of purple-coloured mountains and white sandy beaches ringed with palm trees. A maze of shops clusters together up the wide, hilly streets, many selling the turquoise and lapis lazuli for which the town is famous. Apart from the Mamluk Fort on the corniche and the castle of Saladin on an island in the middle of the Gulf, there are few places demanding attention, making it the perfect little town in which to relax.

Its deep, indigo-coloured waters that never fall below 20 degrees teem with rainbow-hued marine life and make it a mecca for international divers. If you prefer not to get wet, take a glass-bottomed boat from the beach.

Journey from the golden sands of Aqaba to the rose-red city of Petra and you enter a sixth-century BC world of temples, Roman theatres and rock-cut chambers. Petra, a legacy from the Nabataens who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago, was lost to the west until 1812, when Swiss explorer Louis Burckhardt penetrated the walls of this hidden city and returned to Europe to tell the world of its wonders. A Unesco World Heritage Site, 85% of the city is still to be excavated.

The cliff walls on either side of the Siq, the 1,200m chasm that winds through the canyon and is the only approach to the hidden city, soar for upwards of 80m into an impossibly blue sky until, suddenly, the narrow defile opens on to a square and you are face to face with the grandeur of the Treasury façade, carved out of the pink sandstone rock. This was used to spectacular effect in the final scenes of the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Walk a little further and you are in the centre of the ancient city, passing intricately decorated housefronts cut into the sandstone cliffs, impressive royal tombs, rock drawings and reliefs, the colonnaded street at the heart of Petra and a theatre dating from 25AD.

By the pleasant terraced restaurant, a flight of 800 steps leads to the Sacrificial Place, with stunning views over the countryside. Those who are daunted by the steps can make the journey on a donkey or horse – well worth it if the day is very hot.

Jordan tourism is still in its early stages but it has some magnificent hotels. The pomegranates, the figs and the cup of sweet tea will be waiting, for a warm welcome and the hand of friendship will always be extended to the visitor from the people of this most peace-loving nation.


The best time to photograph the Treasury façade in Petra is around 11am when the sun has begun to intensify the rock’s colour.

Amman is relatively small, taxis are cheap and drivers knowledgeable. Women should sit in the back of the taxi, but men should always sit in the front. Taxis are reasonable even over long distances, but several bus companies offer regular tours.

For Petra tel: (06) 562 1217/6

For Wadi Rum tel: (06) 562 6135

Car rental is a good way of seeing the country and available with a valid UK driving licence.

Arabic cuisine plays an important part in the culture. A typical meal will include a mouth-watering array of aromatic breads, salads, savouries and mansaf, Jordan’s traditional dish of lamb, yoghurt and pine nuts served on a bed of rice. Alcohol is available in most major hotels and restaurants.

Recommended restaurant in Amman:  Reem Albawadi (Gazelle of the Desert), tel:  (06) 551 5419

Royal Diving Club: PADI 5* IDC Dive Centre, Aqaba Southern Coastal Road, fresh-water pools, beachfront bar and cafeteria, sun deck, all facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Tel: +926 3 203 2709, email:  rdc@jptd.com.jo. www.rdc.jo

Jordan Tourism Board in Amman, tel:  (06) 567 8294, opens daily 8am-4pm except Fridays

Best Guidebook:  1st Edition Jordan Handbook  (Footprint)

Zambia – Smoke on the water


Mosi-o-tunyi has competition. The “smoke that thunders” is being overshadowed by the smoke that drifts over from Zimbabwe, as Mugabe’s henchmen burn squatter camps in the town of Victoria Falls, just across the border. It is an object lesson as to why Livingstone is booming. The troubles in Zimbabwe have virtually wiped out its tourist industry, and it seems that everything has decamped to Zambia.

We hit the ground running and head straight from the airport to the falls for sunset. The inconceivable volume of water that plunges into the deep gorge throws up so much spray that sometimes it is impossible to see. It is certainly impossible to stay dry and there is a small stall renting out waterproofs. Buffeted by the permanent waves of water, I wonder why the area has so many adventure sport options when, after just a few minutes, I am left invigorated.

The next morning I have an early start to go white-water rafting. The Lower Zambezi has some of the best rafting in the world; rapids of grades four and five have been given names including The Terminator and Oblivion.

The climb into the gorge is steep and rocky, and feels more dangerous than the river, but soon we are in the boat and paddling towards our first rapid. Just before we hit the white water we are pitched up on the crest of a wave, and can look down into the bubbling froth. The boat seems to hang in mid-air then plunges into the white water. The boat is thrown backwards, and we are drenched as a wave breaks over us.

Our guide is manning a couple of large oars and keeps us on track, out of this rapid and on to the next. Two people are paddling and trying to hold on in the front; I am sitting in the back, taking pictures and trying to grip the bucking boat with my feet. For the whole trip I am popped around like a champagne cork but it is exhilarating.

In the afternoon I head to the gorge swings, where the nice people there have worked out a variety of ways to throw visitors into the void. The Gorge Swing is a monster: a cross between a bungy jump and a swing. You leap into the gorge, and, as the rope breaks your fall, it swings you out into the middle. There are a couple of “death-slides” as well, including the superman slide, where you can take a flying jump over the gorge like a superhero.

The bungy jump from Vic Falls bridge, that crosses the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is renowned although the prize for being the highest has now passed to Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa. It is a stunning location for a jump. However, I did it six years ago and this time I am happy to let someone else have a go.

A more sedate adventure can be had from the back of an elephant. Thorntree runs elephant safaris in the National Park on the outskirts of Livingstone. The elephants don’t seem to be quite as controlled as those I have ridden in Asia, which may be down to the fact that they are allowed to live in the wild when they are not being ridden. A while ago one of the females wandered off with some wild elephants and came back months later to give birth. There is a chance we might meet buffalo or wild elephants on our travels and so we have an armed escort.

We are lucky enough to be travelling in our own plane – a little Cessna – and so we did our own “flight of the angels” over the falls as we arrived in Livingstone. But there are other options – both fixed wing and helicopters – and I want to try the microlight. This gets you much lower over the falls, close enough to spot crocodile and hippos basking in the Zambezi. The falls are much more spectacular from the air, and it is easier to appreciate their shape, and the meandering gorge leading away from them. They are pumping up so much spray that at times I can feel it on my face.

The Quad Bike Company is based at the same location as the microlights. It has a number of trails, including nature trails along the gorge, but it is action we are looking for so we opt for the shorter, more intense adventure circuit. Rough and dusty, with jumps and far too many trees, it is easy to see why there are so many dents in the bikes.

With all this excitement during the days, I figure I need somewhere pretty chilled to relax in the evenings. Tongabezi Lodge is a short drive out of town, on the banks of the Zambezi. A series of chalets look out on the river and guests drift off to sleep to the grunting of hippos. Sometimes they even come out of the Zambezi and walk around the grounds.

From the Tongabezi, there is access to Livingstone Island on the very edge of the falls. This is the spot where Dr David first gazed on the falls in 1855, and made his “flight of the angels” analogy. To sit on the very lip of the falls and look into the gaping, frothy chasm below is to get a inkling as to their true power. For the truly daring, it is possible to swim in a natural pool at the edge; for all of the man-made adrenalin buzzes at Livingstone, this is possibly the greatest rush of all.


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