|Images of Africa|
|by John Walker|
Victoria Falls is a major tourist attraction, and there are the usual tourist-type things to do in the vicinity. Since we went as part of a package tour, we were booked for some things we probably would have avoided if on our own, such as a performance of "authentic African dances" put on every night for the benefit of tourists (including a busload of Japanese, all of whom wore little earphones to hear a translation of the English commentary by their tour guide). I can't vouch for the authenticity of the dances, but some were quite remarkable, including these guys who danced entirely on stilts. Sheesh--I get dizzy just being as tall as I am! Another act involved a bloke picking up a section of railway rail massing about 40 kg with his teeth...I don't recall precisely why. It was after this performance that we departed for a Boma ("place of eating") dinner, where we savoured that African delicacy, the Mopani worm (actually the caterpillar of the emperor moth Imbrasia belina which feeds on the leaves of the Mopani tree, Colophospermum mopani). Yum!