Zimbabwe 2012 – Victoria Falls

In the morning we drove form Sinamatella camp out of the park to Hwange Town and from there via main road to Victoria Falls. Our first stop in town was local pharmacy, where we were given some medicine for our daughter. She was still not feeling well, so we hired one of their challets in Victoria Falls Rest Camp, instead of camping.

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By the next day, the medicine has taken the effect and she felt much better, so for the next night we decided to move to our tents on the roof of our car, still within the same camp.

Victoria Falls is lively little town and we enjoyed its vibes. It’s small enough that you can thoroughly explore it on foot and it felt very safe. What we found particularly amusing were the warthogs that browsed freely in the center of town. You must also not be surprised to run into baboons and monkeys ore even bigger animals while strolling down the town main alley, sometimes even elephants!

The falls are about two kilometers out of town, but you can see huge plume of spray, rising above the falls like a big smoke from the fire, from everywhere in the town. The water level of Zambezi was at its peak while we were there and the noise that the falling water makes really explains why the locals have named this world wonder as “the smoke that thunders” (Mosi oa Tunya). At the park entrance we have bought cheap plastic raincoats, but those did not help much – we were still soaked to the bones when we finished out tour. Despite the clear sky, it felt like walking in the middle of the rainstorm. The falling masses of water produce winds and small drops of water raise above and fall down again like heavy rain. Paths lead through some beautiful rain forests, although few kilometers away ground might be completely parched. The views over this gigantic falls really are breathtaking!

 

Early next morning we arranged for helicopter flight above the falls. This is an amazing experience, as only from the air one can grasp the immense size of the falls and the incredible power of Zambezi waters, cutting deep gorges through Earth’s crust.

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