Victoria Falls- Zimbabwe Experience
My first day in Zimbabwe it poured down raining for hours so needless to say after hours of traveling combined with extreme fatigue I was actually sorta happy to reschedule my visit to Victoria Falls. I stayed at the Victoria Falls hotel which is literally a stones throw from the Falls so i opted to walked over the following day praying for clear skies ( which in the end you’ll see really didn’t matter) .I knew Victoria Falls was one of the worlds seven natural wonder but I was totally unaware of what my eyes were about to behold.
We were told by our guide that "the first white man" to discover Victoria Falls was David Livingstone in 1855. He was so overcome by what he saw he said “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels.” #facts !!! Truer words never spoken!!
Local people call the Falls Mosi-Oa-Tunya which means "smoke that thunders". In person, you understand why- the water sounds like a roaring thunder and from a distance the watery mist resembles smoke from a fire. Its extremely loud; I'm didn't edit a video clip just so you can hear what It sounds like. I'm also including a photo taken from the back of the Victoria Falls Hotel so you can visualize the 'smoke clouds'. There are 16 openings or viewpoints along the 2 mile stretch of The Falls on the Zim side. By viewpoint 15 you're in what's known as the Danger Zone. Names like Devils cataract make the Falls sound intimidating but really its spectacular at each opening along the route. There's specific times throughout the year when The Falls are at its peak. February is one of those times. (Sept-Dec is low water so don't visit during these months) I started the trail with a raincoat but midway through the walk it became so cumbersome that it distracted my attention from the natural beauty before me. I decided to forgo the coat and soak it all in, pun intended. And let me tell you, it was truly liberating. Its totally worth it to just lose the coat and get soaked. If you visit, don't go cute, wear something you don't mind sweating in or getting drenched in, possibly a swimsuit. You'll thank me later.
When compared to other natural falls like Niagara in U.S. and Iguachu in S. America , Victoria Falls is the highest towering the others at 351 Feet (107 meters). Niagara's height is 167 (51 meters) and Iguachu is 269 feet (82 meters)
Take a look ... have a listen !!!
P.S. I couldn’t bring my camera since it isn’t weather sealed so all pix were taken with my iPhone 8+ ... which outperformed my expectations. No edits or filters on any of these photos 👀
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