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Victoria Falls

Not Just a Waterfall!

sunny 23 °C

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Travelling 2000km to get to Vic falls was definitely worth it.

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They are incredible.. 1.8km wide, 100m deep (Niagra is about 1km wide and 40m deep).

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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

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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'

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Rob on the edge - getting very wet!.

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Noticed this sign whilst clambering back over the rail!

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Everywhere you look there are rainbows.. no pots of gold though!

Looking off the bridge we saw a circular rainbow – check out the video!

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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.

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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.

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On the way back from the falls we came across these eles crossing the Zambezi from Zimbabwe. A beautiful end to a beautiful day!

Posted by robandpol 08:58 Archived in Zambia

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We continue to be alternately fascinated, dumbfounded and incredulous at your enterprise, daring and sense of adventure. You've covered huge distances and seen (and shown us) some amazing things. Superb photos and wonderful tales. We'll stay with you! Love Ro and Rob XXX

REPLY FROM ROB AND POL

Dear Ro and Rob,
Thanks so much! It's lovely to read your encouragement - it really spurs us along. We trust that everything is well at your end. We gather the UK summer has been something of a disapointment. We are now in Lusaka and heading on to Malawi. Rob has got a touch of food poisoning we think so we will be heading off again tomorrow if all goes well.
Lots of love, Pol n Rob xxxx

by Rob and Ro

What an adventure. I have been following your journey pedal by pedal. Congratulations on making it to Victory Falls and completing the first 2000K. What a remarkable trip. God speed.

REPLY FROM ROB AND POL

Thanks Matthew - great to have you following us - thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

by Matthew

Hi Polly and Rob,Jean put me in touch with this site.Ishall be in Botswana next month and on the Zambian side of Vic. Falls.Shall we see as much as on your fabulous pics? I shall now follow your great adventure with much interest. I envy you! Happy Anniversary!! Margaret

REPLY FROM ROB AND POL
Hi Margaret. So lovely to hear from you. You will have a fantastic time in Botswana - where abouts are you going? The Chobe National Park is fantastic and not to be missed. We did a sunset cruise up the river into the park which we will never forget. We also viewed Vic Falls from the Zambia side - we wanted to cross and see it also from Zimbabwe, we thought we could get a day visa but we couldn't and the zim visa was 55 bps each so we didn't go to that side. You can get a "pass" though so you can leave Zambia and go into nomansland to go over the bridge and see the falls from there without going into Zimbabwe. Enjoy your trip. We look forward to hearing about it when we get home.
Lots of love,
Pol and Rob

by margaret carver

Hallo again Polly and Rob and thank you so much for your quick response to my question. I am so pleased to know we can get a 'pass' to nomansland and cross the bridge to see the Falls from the Zambian side as we have had conflicting reports. It is SO helpful to have this information.I find it truly amazing to be able to communicate with you in deepest Africa and so easily.Isn't modern technology wonderful? It would have saved Dr. Watson a lot of angst in his quest to find Livingstone!! Yes we are going to Xakanaxa, Khwai R.Moremi, Savute and Chobe River. National Parks and finally Zambezi Sun Hotel at Vic Falls. We shall be ready for that after 9 nights of camping wild!!( but sleeping under the stars will be unforgetable ).I loved seeing yout tent on the deck!I shall continue to follow your intrepid journey and adventures with such interest and admiration. Have fun...look after each other... and Godspeed. I will be in touch when I am home again. Lots of love Margaret xx

by margaret carver

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