Victoria falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya “The smoke that Thunders” have been described as one of the seven wonders of the world and have been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.Victoria falls are found in Southern Africa on the Zambezi river bordering both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria falls are at least twice the height of Niagara falls and in terms of height and width its only rivaled by the Brazil Iguazu falls. There are two land masses found upstream in the middle of the river and one of them is known as Livingstone Island.The famous Scottish missionary David Livingstone is believed to have been the first European to see the falls standing on the Livingstone island named after him. When he did he said that, “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.”
Livingstone then proceeded to name the falls in honor of The Queen of England and to this day the name is still recognized together with the indigenous Tonga name Mosi-oa-Tunya. We got to Zambia via the Mwami border and went directly to Livingstone. In Livingstone we had decided to either stay at Fawlty towers or Livingstone backpackers. From the bus station you can either walk or take a taxi for about 5 USD. We managed to get accommodation for only one night at Fawlty towers and secured one more night at Livingstone backpackers.
At fawlty towers they arrange transport for free to the falls which is about 8 km away.I thought that was really good as it saves you the hustle of finding a taxi at a good price. Prices at fawlty towers are basically also very pocket friendly and beds in the dorm room go for 8 USD, while a cabin is 30-45 USD a night. They also have a lovely pool that you can use , a bar and everyday at 3 pm you get free pancakes!!Yum Yum!.
The next morning we got up very early and headed off to the falls. As it is the norm , expect to pay a fee to get into the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park, and as you walk you are bound to see lots of monkeys. Take lots of pictures while keeping your distance as they can get quite nasty especially if you give them food.You are also going to meet lots of locals selling art pieces, chitenge clothes, carvings etc.
The first sight of the falls was nothing short of breathtaking!.Good lord!!They are Majestic and awe inspiring!!No words can fully describe the feeling I got when I saw them. Like, ever looked at something and just got tongue tied? . Well Victoria falls will do that to you and yes Dr Livingstone was right, Victoria falls are that and much more. The curtain of water plummeting downstream causing a huge fog all over is unbelievably beautiful and surreal. Sigh
Its advisable to rent a raincoat, walking shoes and waterproof bags for your phone and camera as you are bound to get drenched as you walk inside the park to the various viewing points. Being the peak season for the annual flood season the water sprays typically rise so much and can be seen from up to 48 km away. This being the case we got drenched by the water sprays and loved every second of it! He he if you go during the peak be prepared for that.
Take a leap of faith and walk across the spectacular Knife edge bridge, which brings you as close as possible to the falls. If you are afraid of heights it can be quite heart-stopping but life is about taking risks right?. If you look down on the falls you will see a beautiful rainbow over the water and this is the reason that people have referred to this bridge as Rainbow bridge.
You can also see the Victoria falls bridge which is a famous bungee jumping site on the other side in Zimbabwe from several view points. This bridge is said to have been constructed by Cecil Rhodes who had a dream of a Cape to Cairo railway scheme, what a visionary man for all his misgivings.
We had plans to do the devils pool which is a natural rock pool adjacent to the Livingstone island and is found on the edge of the falls. Devils pool defines the term living dangerously over the edge, literally!. If you want to flirt with danger and feel brave enough it is a must do. Due to the high levels of water devils pool was closed off as its too dangerous. However between mid August and mid January its open as the water levels are relatively low. Tongabezi resort organizes trips to Livingstone island and devils pools and if you want to live on the wild side you should definitely contact them. Be sure to google Devils pool so you can get what am talking about.
As usual it would not be a complete Yogie On The Move trip without some Yoga by the Victoria falls. I see you all yogis, i got you :p.
Would love to know your thoughts on this post and if seeing the Victoria falls is in your bucket list or not? Do you want to swim on the Devils pool?