This week, Jake has asked for some Nature pics for his Sunday Post Challenge. A few days ago, I posted pics of elephants I’d seen in Zimbabwe, and right next to those pics in my album, are some of the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Its indigenous name is ‘Mosi-ao-Tunya’, meaning, ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, and you can see why. The roar of the water as it thunders over the falls, is quite deafening.
This colossal masterpiece of nature is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, being twice the height of Niagara falls, and twice the width of Horseshoe Falls. It’s the world’s largest sheet of falling water, with a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and a height of 108 metres (354 ft).
The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away. At full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray. We didn’t see it at night, but here is a daylight rainbow.
There is a series of gorges which the Zambezi River pours through. The First Gorge is 110-meters wide (360 ft).
David Livingstone is credited with the discovery of this amazing wonder of nature in November 1855. What a thrill it must have been to stumble upon such a find, which has since been made a World Heritage Site.
In his writings about the Victoria Falls, he said “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
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