There are multiple lists of the seven wonders of the world. My favorite includes five I have visited. That leaves two for my bucket list. Victoria Falls makes just about every list you can find, and it should.
The first European to see this magnificent piece of nature was David Livingstone, as in Dr. Livingston I presume. There are many biographies and stories about this man, they will all lead you to the conclusion that he was off his rocker. My favorite is a book called Into Africa by Martin Dugard. When I was done reading it I wondered why Livingston was not summarily committed for mental health care. But I digress..
I could try my hardest to give you a verbal description of Vic Falls. I fancy myself a pretty decent wordsmith, but in this case words absolutely fail me. The expression “Holy sh*t” crossed my mind every two minutes I was there.
Victoria Falls, in the native language is called Mosi-oa-Tunya, which literally translates into ” the Smoke that Thunders”. And oh wow does it thunder. You must speak very loudly to the person next to you, even though all you are ever saying is “Incredible, wow”, and of course “Holy sh*t”. The smoke is the mist created by the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 1,300 ft, and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 30 miles away. At full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. We were not there on a full moon, but if I ever go again I will schedule it so I can see this.
In the daylight, rainbows abound in the mist.
I think I need to silence myself and just give you some pictures to try to express how impressive this spot on earth happens to be. However, because of the scope and size of these falls, 5,604 ft wide (that is over a mile folks, a mile) and 354 ft tall, it is impossible to capture the grandeur in one photo.
Of course there are souvenir vendors near the falls.
I need to pay homage here to Southern Eagle Travel and Tours who arranged our stay at the Zambezi Sun Hotel. (Neither is paying me for these touts. I cannot be bought. well, no one has tried at least…)If you go to visit the falls, stay at this hotel. It is a two-minute walk to see the spectacle and they take really good care of you. They even lend you rain slickers! Zebras, giraffes and other non-lethal wild animals roam the grounds.
OK, even writing about it I am sad to leave Vic Falls. If it ever looks remotely possible for you to visit there just do it.
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