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The Smoke that Thunders - Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe, Africa, Victoria Falls side view

The Victoria Falls is only 152 years known in the West. Victoria Falls was named by none other than the adventurer David Livingstone, who was the first Europeans who discovered the falls in 1855, and named them after Queen Victoria. He said the sight was so beautiful that the angels in their flight must have in amazement. The local name is "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - meaning the "Smoke that Thunders". There is a spray for miles and it looks like a cloud rises from the landscape. The spray is made up of tiny water droplets that rise through it with a thunderous roar of water falling down more than 100 meters into a deep gorge. Not only seeing a wide river that falls into a gap because the noise associated with it makes for an incredibly beautiful Victoria Falls spectacle. The spray combines with the Sun forming many rainbows. In the immediate vicinity occurs a tropical rainforest, unlike the environment that are generally "woodlands". The waterfall is a 1700 meters wide and lies on the border with Zambia. Victoria Falls consists of 6 main waterfalls which together form the world's largest curtain of water with 450 million cubic of water per minute. It is recommended to use both sides of the waterfall to visit a good picture. On the Zambian side there is a bridge to a rocky point that puts you directly by the spray. Raincoats and umbrellas are rented mass but have little effect. Most people come in swimsuits at the waterfall because you will still get wet. Moreover, the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius.

The Victoria Falls can be very dry. The world's largest waterfall is fed by the Zambezi River. This rain river originates in mountain areas in northern Zambia and Angola and going through the south. In October and November, the river is at its lowest debit and the waterfall is a small stream in a dry and sandy landscape. From February to July, the total green area is wider than Niagara Falls in North America or the Iguacu in South America. Incidentally, these three are the largest waterfalls in the world all in border areas.

On the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River is a large nature. Hence, many elephants and hippos are found just before the waterfall. These are beautiful and you will see a micro light flight. On the Zambian side is a rental company that lets you fly just above the falls. You can from the air all good places to see where a waterfall has been a long time ago. The waterfall "move" is back by erosion. The water erodes away the stones and soil washes away, leaving a new gap. This is a process of many millions of years.

On the gap next to the waterfall is a giant bridge. This was opened in 1905 and for many years been the largest in the world. The bridge itself is a spectacle to see. He is part of an unfinished plan to make a railway line from Cape Town to Cairo. Now the Victoria Falls is the end of the line. The Zambezi River is regarded as the biggest hurdle to overcome. The bridge is a border post and is used to from bungee jumping. The deepest bungee jump in the world can be experienced here.

On the Zambian side is the town of Livingstone. Once was the capital of Zambia, and now turned into a sleepy town with many English-lapse colonial buildings. It's a town where all the shops you can imagine are present. Zambia apartheid history under British administration had only seen if you go with a local guide who points out the old black and white hospitals.

10 Kilometers from the Zambian Livingstone in Zimbabwe are very few shops. Here soldiers walking on the street in an outfit that "tourist police" on it. They protect the tourists from the pushy sales people. It is unlawful for sellers to sell items outside the market but every tourist is approached dozens of times a day if he or a carved stone elephant wants to buy.