Victoria waterfalls,Zambia

On the second day of my arrival in Livingstone I went to the Victoria waterfalls together with Harmke, a Dutch lady I met in the Jollyboys hostel. The Victoria Falls is a magnificent sight of awesome beauty and splendor. It is located in the Zambezi river on the border between Zimbabwe (Zim) and Zambia (Zam). The Victoria Falls are the second widest waterfalls in the world. They form a water curtain of 1708 meters wide and 100 meters high and have a maximum drop height of 128 meters. 500 million liters of water per minute fall over the edge (Iguazu waterfalls Brazil is world widest with 3 km and 3600 million liters of water per minute).

The first white man who has seen and made public the falls is the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone on November 17, 1855. “No other view in England can surpass the beauty of this” and “such lovely statues must have looked at the angels with admiration. during their flights “he wrote later. In the 1800’s it was described by the local inhabitants as the “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which can be translated as, “The Smoke that Thunders”. It is also known as the “Greatest Curtain of Water” due to the fact that it is the second largest waterfall in the world.

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The water spray from the falls are visible from 30 Km away. This is made possible only in the rainy period from March to July. Where, in excess of, five hundred and fifty million cubic meters of water per minute cascade over into a gorge one hundred meters below. Another aspect of this amazing sight is that the width of falls is almost two kilometres wide. There is another vertical cliff facing the falls which rises to the same height of one hundred meters.G0034350.jpgIf you are adventurous enough, and prepared to be soaked, there is a path along the edge of the forest of the cliff that faces the falls. This allows you an unparalleled view of the Victoria Falls. Another good viewing spot is on the other side of Knife-edge Bridge. Here visitors have an excellent vantage point to take in the Eastern part of the falls, as well as a different view of the main falls. IMG_3549.jpgAt this point you will also be able to view the “Boiling Pot”; here the water turns and flows down the Batoka Gorge. One of the most famous vantage points is the Victoria Falls Bridge. This bridge was the dream of Cecil Rhodes who wanted to build a bridge from Zimbabwe to Zambia, which would allow visitors to “catch the spray of the falls as they pass over”. He never had the opportunity to see his dream come true as he passed away before construction started. The bridge was constructed in England and transported to Victoria Falls. The bridge took nearly 14 months to complete and was opened in September 1905.  Not only does the bridge offer the visitor a rare site of the river and falls, but houses a 111 meter high bungee jumping experience, which includes a swing and zip-line. In 2012 an Australian girl jumped of the bridge and her cord snapped. Fortunately, she survived the fall of 111 meters. Her fall: https://youtu.be/3hoJfi9kPh0IMG_3541.jpgDuring the dry season the Zambezi River’s flow drops dramatically, from August to January. At this time of the year you can experience walking along the edge of the falls. This is only possible from the Zambian side of the falls. Over the years erosion of the rocks has taken place and many rock pools have been formed. IMG_3529.jpgOne of these rock pools is situated right on the edge of the rock face. You can to take a short walk on the rocks and swim in the Zambezi River to the the Devils Pool. At this stage the adventurous ones jump into the pool and the force of the water pushes them towards the edge of the falls. Only a few feet away the water crashes over the edge to the gorge below. All you will need for this exhilarating experience is your swimming costume and your camera.IMG_3533.jpg

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