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Victoria Falls, Zambia. One of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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..

 

David Livingston

This statue  of Livingston stands near the falls, at about the first place a current tourist gets a view of them. Whoever sculptured this caught the expression that most everyone has the first time they see the falls, which is roughly “ohhh man. Ohh wow”

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.

rainbow at Victoria Falls

This shot of a double rainbow somehow falls short of the real thing. There were too many rainbows to count at any given time.

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.

The smoke that thunders

Just a little bit of the mist. A person who cares about their camera, keeps it under the rain slicker you WILL wear, or say goodbye to Mr. Nikon.

one end of Vic falls

Just a teeny bit of the worlds largest sheet of falling water. The area near the falls is pretty dry and lacking much vegetation. But near the falls, it is like a jungle, benefit of the mist.

vic falls

Another very little bit, and more of the smoke that thunders.

Knife Bridge, Vic falls

Sometimes you have to get away from a subject for some perspective. I took many shots from Knife Bridge in this photo, but decided to take another trail to capture a bigger view of the falls. Well, I sorta did.

The gold at the end of MY rainbow!

The gold at the end of MY rainbow!

 

Mosi Beer

After spending a few hours in absolute amazement walking the path of the falls, you need to do two things, change into dry clothes, and have a Mosi! After seeing the falls it seems natural to name a beer after it. Heck, I would name a child Mosi!

Zebra at Vic falls

Even the zebras stop by the bar hoping you will buy them a Mosi!

Of course there are souvenir vendors near the falls.

Of course I approached this vendor because of his Bosox shirt. When I said "Red Sox, good" he asked me "What is a Read Sox?" When I said a Baseball team, he pantomimed a basketball player dribbling the ball. When I said "no,no, no" and pantomimed a batter swinging a bat, he said "Ahh, Cricket!". That was enough for me, Baseball is not universal.

I approached this vendor because of his Bosox shirt. When I said “Red Sox, good” he asked me “What is a Red Sox?” When I said a Baseball team, he pantomimed a basketball player dribbling the ball. When I said “no,no, no” and pantomimed a batter swinging a bat, he said “Ahh, Cricket!”. That was enough for me, Baseball is not universal.

African Queen on the Zambezi River

We took a cruise on the ” mighty Zambezi” river. They pronounce it “Mighty Zahmbayzi”. This is the river that feeds Vic Falls. When I heard we were sailing on the African Queen, I expected to find Bogart and a bunch of gin.

Goliath Heron

A bird on the shore of the Mighty Zahmbayzi, this is a Goliath Heron. In a later post, which I will title The Birds of Africa, I will share a plethora of birds with y’all.

hippo in the zambizi

No Bogie, but plenty of hippos. I learned a lot about hippos on this trip, but I will leave that for another post.

 

Sundown on the Zambizi

It was a sundowner cruise.

 

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.

Zambezi sun hotel reception

This is the reception you get when you arrive at the Zambezi Sun Hotel. All I could say was “Do you take American Express?”

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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