Thursday, 26 March 2015

Victoria Falls

On the morning of 10th March, we left our hotel at about 8.00am to take the 10 minutes walk to the entrance to the Falls in Victoria Falls National Park  At this time of day, there are not too many visitors and with the sun still low in the sky, there were several beautiful rainbows to be seen.

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivaled only by Argentina and Brazil's Iguazu Falls.



For adrenaline junkies, the Falls are famous for bungee jumping, and while that is something that I would never be brave  (or stupid ) enough to do, we did watch one daring chap do it!

After leaving the Falls, we took a walk along the road to the bridge across the Zambezi River which forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It proved surprisingly easy to get the paperwork at the border crossing and so we crossed over the river and into Zambia!



One thing to be aware of if you do visit the falls towards the end of the wet season, is that there is a large amount of spray which not only accounts for the rain forest vegetation, but also makes you think that you are walking in the middle of a tropical storm! Some visitors hire plastic rain coats or umbrellas, but we walked round in our safari shirts and trousers and although we were soaked, by the time we had enjoyed a cup of coffee at the cafe by the exit, our clothes were dry.

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