Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Mosi-oa-Tunya - The Smoke that Thunders. Even in dry season the spray from the falls can be seen from a distance. The roar of the water tumbling from the flat upper Zambezi to the water far below.
A constant rainbow hovers where the spray and sunlight meets. From the bridge a light refreshing spray falls on all those gazing at this natural wonder. The air is clean, fresh, so much so it is almost intoxicating - it is nature at its finest, in its magnificence.
David Livingstone was right with his immortal words, 'no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England...but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight'.
The falls are one of the 7 natural wonders of the World. Both Zimbabwe and Zambia get to share it. We are on the Zambian side.
In the distance the Victoria Falls bridge stands prominently out high above the churning water below. It is no man's land.
Your eyes cannot stay on the bridge for long. Instinctively, they are drawn back to the falls. The white turned water contrasting with the dark stone it cascades upon.
From the air the falls are even more spectacular - one can truly get a sense of the sheer size and marvel at the dramatic landscapes.