Not Just a Waterfall!
27.07.2009 23 °C
Travelling 2000km to get to Vic falls was definitely worth it.
They are incredible.. 1.8km wide, 100m deep (Niagra is about 1km wide and 40m deep).
David Livingstone said of them “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight..” as he imagined similar sights must be in heaven
Before you see the falls you see plumes of smoke. we thought there were bush fires.. but then remembered that it is called 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' by the locals - 'Smoke That Thunders'
Rob on the edge - getting very wet!.
Noticed this sign whilst clambering back over the rail!
Everywhere you look there are rainbows.. no pots of gold though!
Looking off the bridge we saw a circular rainbow – check out the video!
A walk down the Gorge took us to the 'Boiling Pot' . We felt like we were in the Lord of the Rings as we looked up at the falls.
We then bobbed up to the Bridge.. a feat of British engineering to make us proud of our heritage.. the gorge was measured, then the bridge parts forged in the UK. Assembly started in 1904 when they shot a rocket across the gorge with cable attached. The final piece was slotted into position early in the morning (before the sun warmed and expanded the metal) in 1906 and fitted perfectly!
The bridge is still fully functional for lorries, cars, trains and of course bungee jumpers!
It was a very strange feeling watching Gap year kids paying 125US$ to leap of the bridge while Zimbabweans tried to sell their billion and trillion dollar bills and others pushed their bikes across the bridge loaded with bread and eggs.
On the way back from the falls we came across these eles crossing the Zambezi from Zimbabwe. A beautiful end to a beautiful day!