Victoria Falls…The Smoke That Thunders


Victoria Falls (named for Queen Victoria) is a dynamic waterfall located in southern Africa forming on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The falls are known locally as Mosi-O-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders” because of the huge clouds of mist that erupt into the air and come crashing down that can be seen from miles away.

Listed as a World Heritage Site because of it’s cultural and physical significance, Victoria Falls is often considered one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Absolutely, the most stunning natural formation that I have ever laid my eyes on.  It’s immediately apparent why Victoria Falls is considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

As you walk the trails that run alongside the falls there is a feel of an enchanted rain forest. Baboon and monkeys scurrying across the pathway, canopy of indigenous trees and plant life, the sounds of the waterfall crashing down, rainbows and the thick mist from the spray. It is serenity at it’s very best. I couldn’t resist taking tons of photos and video but I know that even the best moment captured with my amateur camera couldn’t completely put into focus what my eyes were seeing. The beauty was overwhelming.

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There are several viewpoints along the walk lined with vine barriers that wrap around to keep spectators from falling. Many of them have benches structured from tree trunks, stone formations beaten from the rushing current and  each offers a different view of the spectacular falls. At the end of the trail there is an amazing view of Victoria Falls Bridge which leads to the Zambia side of the falls. At this lookout point brave adventurers can be seen plummeting head first directly over the great Zambezi, bungee jumping from the bridge. Awesome to watch but even my curious spirit wouldn’t let me try it!

Visiting the Falls?

The pathways that run along the falls are paved and rather smooth (considering) which make it easily accessible for those in wheelchairs and it was so easy to push NuNu in her pram. I recommend having a rain cover for the pram and raincoats as you will be completely soaked from the spray of the falls. I also recommend taking a plastic or water proof bag to carry your electronics to avoid water damage.

Victoria Falls, hands down an unforgettable experience.

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Water is precious; it is the very source of life and a free gift from the Creator.” -Desmond M. Tutu