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MOSI-OA-TUNYA 

JULY 2014

 

Zambia is the home of this unique natural world wonder: The Victoria Falls. The locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya - the smoke that thunders. This majestic waterfall is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Its drop is 108 meters, which is twice the height of the Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. What I found most special is the narrow gorge and the thundering smoke. Normally, visitors admire a waterfall from the ground up, but here you are at eye level with the top of the waterfall and the narrow gorge brings the visitors even closer to the spectacle. The Zambezi River appears calm and unexpecting of this sheer drop. During the dry season locals and tourists alike wander along the top of the Victoria Falls and have a swim in the naturally formed pools of water. After the fall, the Zambezi River continues in a zigzag in an attempt to slow itself down.

 

I love the glittering water and the uprooted remnants of a tree. These photos was taken in July during dry season, but the smoke typically rises to 400 meters in the rainy season. The Victoria Falls Bridge links Zambia with Zimbabwe and was commissioned by Cecil Rhodes, who wrote to “build a bridge across the Zambezi where the trains, as they pass, will catch the spray of the Falls”. The bridge was built 10 years after the discovery of the Victoria Falls.

The flat plateau along the top of the Victoria Falls extends in hundreds of kilometers in all directions and is the home to numerous tree covered islands. Look carefully and you will spot the smoking thunder along the left side of the horizon.