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The Mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia

Victoria Falls

When Dr. David Livingstone first saw Victoria Falls in 1855 during his 4 year Journey from the upper Zambezi to the mouth of the river, he wrote in his journal: "On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed." He named the falls after then Queen of England, but the were -and still are- known as Mosi=oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders)in the Kololo language.

It is easy to loft lengthy adjectives at Victoria falls (Indeed, it's aptly described as one of the seven natural wonders of the world), though perhabs the stats are more telling. Victoria Falls is 1.7km wide and 108m high and has an annual average flow of one million litres per second. During the rainy season (March to May), the flow can be 10 times higher, while in the dry season (September to December), the volume of water can be as low as 4% of the peak flow.

In other words, climate plays a crucial factor in shaping your experience at Victoria Falls, though any time of the year is a fine time to visit. During the rainy season, the spray from the falls can be seen and felt from kilometres away. Although you will get wet 9don't worry the local entrepreneurs will be happy to rent you raincoats), the sight of Victoria Falls at full volume is simply awe-imspiring. During the dry season, the grandeur of the falls is somewhat checked, though the lack of spray makes it's easier to appreciate the size and scope of the falls.

I tried my best to capture the essence of the Mighty Victoria Falls in both wet and dry season, hoping simply it approached the as close as possible to one of the most magnificent wonders of the world.. ENJOY
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High season water fallings
High season water fallings
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Bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe
Bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Punji Jumping
Punji Jumping
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Bridge and Rainbow
Bridge and Rainbow
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A million litre per second
A million litre per second
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Low Season water falling
Low Season water falling
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Knife Edge Bridge
Knife Edge Bridge