Rainbows and Waterfalls for Jake’s Challenge.

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).

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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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116 comments on “Rainbows and Waterfalls for Jake’s Challenge.

  1. David Livingstone is credited with the discovery of this amazing wonder of nature in November 1855.

    Of course, the thousands of “Natives” who knew they were there all along don’t count.

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  3. You have such a beautiful collection of photos and your replies to these challenges are wonderful. With so many great shots, I wonder how ever do you “cull the herd”? 🙂

  4. Oh my … Fantastic !!! … And your photos are just great … The waterfalls i been writing about in my blog seem to be so tiny compared to these beautiful waterfalls …
    I really appreciate that you have so informativ text to your photos ! … // Maria 🙂

  5. Even our most insanely widely-travelled friend is adamant that this is one of the top awe-inspiring experiences (sight, sound and vibration) in the entire world. I certainly agree, from our visit.

  6. We went to the Victoria Falls when I was about 6 years old. I quite enjoyed the spray but my brother was terrified and wouldn’t stop crying until we moved far away from it

  7. This is a great share and takes me back so many years to when I spent five months there doing a land survey, being allowed to go to areas no one else was allowed to… I was the first person to hit a golf ball on the Elephant Hills Golf course, and that only because I did the land survey to demarcate the hotels grounds. I’m not even sure where I hit the golf ball, if that is where the golf course was built… but I still claim to be the first…

  8. Mindblowing is right! What an exceptional shot! Rainbows and waterfalls and taken from a vantage point of a bird in flight. I look at a lot of blogs but yours is Spectuacular.

  9. You must have been there during the Emerald season with all that water! What impressive photos – it must have been amazing! Did you go up in a microlight then Sylvia to capture it from above? I didn’t as it was quite expensive, but the views are certainly worth it.

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