Mosi-o-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”

IMG_1034 Victoria FallsVictoria Falls – awe-inspiring.  It is no wonder that this is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Water wells in my eyes, as the sheer splendour is just too overwhelming.

The immense enormity and volume of water in the driest part of the year is just so hard to
fathom.  WOW!  WOW! at every vantage point.  The rainbows that appear due to all the mist are so spectacular.  At certain points a soft mist gently settles on the ground from the falls, (we are visiting in the dry season) refreshing us from the heat of the day.  The thundering noise as the water plunges over the edge is deafening, it is hard to imagine in the wet.  I am guessing earplugs and snorkel are required!!   A truly, glorious moment in time.

I highly recommend visiting the Zimbabwe side during the drier months as there is a lot more water and it is a little more visually stunning.  The walk for the length of the Zimbabwe side is about 4kms and visually spectacular at every vantage point.

IMG_2066.JPGAt its peak the noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 km and can be seen from a distance of 50 kms.  It is no wonder that the locals refer to the falls as Mosi-o-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”.

Victoria Falls is one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, located in the middle of Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It is the fourth largest river in Africa.

Facts about the falls

  • Length: 1,700 meters
  • Height: between 80 and 108 meters depending on the season
  • The waterfalls were named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain by a Scottish missionary, David Livingstone.
  • Victoria Falls is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • On the Zimbabwe side a 4km walk takes you to all the scenic spots of the falls.

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