Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)

The majestic Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia is one of the seven wonders of the world. The Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning The Smoke that Thunders, is more than a hundred meters high and almost two kilometers long.

The photos below were taken four years ago towards the end of the season, so there is not a lot of water in the Falls.

Foggy Falls
Misty Falls

The Falls were ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone, a British explorer, who decided to name Mosi-oa-Tunya after the British queen, Victoria. What do I think of this? Nothing much, except that I don’t see why the Falls shouldn’t be known by the local name. OK, it’s not that easy because the Falls lie between Zambia and Zimbabwe so the latter may have reservations to calling it in the Zambian language.

Rainbow falls (2)
Yep, there were two rainbows. This is on the opposite side of the Falls.

During the high season, the spray can be felt about two kilometers away in Zimbabwe because I guess that is where the wind blows. You can see the spray high in the air from Livingstone City which is about ten kilometers away. It is a spectacle to see, but of course people who live in the area tend not to pay attention to it.

There is an island on Mosi-oa-Tunya and you can get to it by crossing the Knife Bridge. The bridge is not for the faint-hearted. OK, the faint-hearted cross the bridge but they will have to hold their hearts in their hands. It is scary!!

small bridge (2)
Knife Bridge

Zambia and Zimbabwe are connected by a bridge that crosses the gorge that separates the two countries. People I think are crazy bunjee jump from this bridge.

The bridge (3)
The Zambia/Zimbabwe bridge. The buildings you see in the distance are in Zimbabwe.

Welcome to Mosi-oa-Tunya!


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