Heather and Nate's African Adventure travel blog

Victoria Falls



You can see the rafts at the bottom left


We could have bungee jumped from this bridge









Our Helicopter

From the Helicopter Ride




We began in the morning with a trip to the much anticipated Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls. The falls are situated on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and are roughly 1 mile wide and 420 feet high. They are considered a remarkable spectacle because of the peculiar narrow slot-like chasm into which the water falls, so one can view the falls face-on.

To give a little background information, David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and renamed them after Queen Victoria, though they were known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the "smoke that thunders". Vastly larger than North America's Niagara Falls, Victoria is only rivaled by South America's Iguazu Falls. Victoria is the largest single sheet of water in the world, over 300 feet tall, and over one mile wide.

We hiked alongside the falls. Luckily, we went at a time of year where the spray doesn't hit everything near the falls. This allowed us to get quite a few pictures without ruining Heather's camera. The hike was pretty amazing just watching the amount of water coming down on a consistent basis. Since the day was hot, the spray that did hit us felt nice.

After our hike, we got our first chance to shop at the local markets. Heather and I negotiated for a couple of wood carved items not knowing if we underpaid or overpaid. We would get a better idea later in our trip of the appropriate prices of certain souvenirs.

The next day we took a helicopter ride over the falls. Neither of us got a window seat because of the rudeness of one of the other passengers. Nonetheless, the ride just re-enforced how amazing the falls are. We both really enjoyed the views and the chance to be in a helicopter.

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