Tag Archive: Victoria Falls



I like the vibe here. More than anywhere else. It has the “truly African” feel to it. Or perhaps, I should say “Truly Zambian”.

 

 

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Just a few meters away is the edge of the cliff. Have your Eggs Benedict breakfast here while “listening” to the smoke that thunders. Victoria Falls!

 

 

Breakfast right by the “smoke that thunders”. What beats that? I’d readily give up my oyster and champagne breakfast for this experience. Yes, it is more than just breakfast. It’s quite an experience to munch through your Eggs Benedict while listening to the gushing waters from the falls and feeling that “spray” of water as the wind blows your way.

 

 

 

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Thank you, Chikie, for this photo. I really hammed it up, didn’t I?

 

 

To think I was already so pleased with Zambezi Sun’s buffet breakfast. And my premier breakfast spot right by the pool, which Ngandan secures for me every morning! Can’t complain about this Zambian leg of my African journey. Everything worked out perfect here. It’s in the stars!

 

 

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Royal Breakfasts indeed! A local, Ngandan, secured this spot for me each morning.

 

 

From our hotel, it’s only 2 kilometers trailing a path to view the Falls from different angles. Make that 4 kilometers for a return trip. The sun is out but the path is slippery owing to the water spray from the waterfalls. I’ve read about this tourist who slipped and fell from the edge (yes, he died) when a baboon sprung from nowhere to snatch his bag. So let me just say I took great care scaling those steps, crossing the wet bridge, watching out for baboons and yes, snapping way too many photos.

 

 

 

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An aerial shot of the Falls with the Zambezi Sun Hotel on the lower left. From this spot, we hiked towards the steel bridge where we had a better viewing of the Falls and the Livingstone Bridge. Had a good “spray” too!

 

 

You can only take so many photos of the SAME Victoria Falls. From a helicopter, from the edge, from the bridge, from the many viewing spots. Lighting differs quite a bit, and the mist from the Falls can make or break a shot. After a while, you stop. Wiping my camera lens, I can only feel gratitude in my heart for all these natural wonders. The Falls. A rainbow here and there. Standing on a spot of land in Zambia, while looking out to the other tourists standing on a spot of land in Zimbabwe just across the Falls. Or looking down to the Zambezi River where some dare white-water raft or swim at Boiling Point. Such beauty. And I was there!

 

 

 

 

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Photo Credits: Chikie. (That’s me up front, busy snapping photos while getting slightly wet from the water spray)

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That’s the hiking trail. Just 4 kilometers return trip. And look at that rainbow!

 

 

Oh, by the way, there are some others who’d rather view the Falls while jumping off Livingstone Bridge which connects Zambia to Zimbabwe. If you care for a jump, just remember that a young woman once bungee-jumped and the rope snapped and she plunged straight into the waters. She had the presence of mind to swim under the currents to pull her feet off the rope then swim up to the nearest rock to wait for rescue. Now, what are the chances you can do a repeat of that? Best of luck, chap!

 

 

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You can only take so many photos of the same Falls.

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SEE THAT BUNGEE-JUMPER? IT’S THAT TINY RED DOT BELOW THE LIVINGSTONE BRIDGE WHICH CONNECTS ZAMBIA TO ZIMBABWE.

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THE LIVINGSTONE BRIDGE. AND THE ZAMBEZI RIVER BELOW. SOMEWHERE THERE IS THE “BOILING POINT”.


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Victoria Falls, discovered by Livingstone in 1855 and named after then reigning Queen Victoria.

The quick boat ride up until the edge.

The walking tour to view the falls from different angles before and after crossing the bridge.

Then the helicopter flight for a 360 degree view of the majestic falls shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

All 3 ways , plus more, to see Victoria Falls can’t be missed. With rainbows a dime a dozen in this area, how can you go wrong?

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Bungee-Jumping , anyone?

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Rainbows a certainty in this part of the world.

Bungee-jumping not for me. Nor micro light flying. Or white water rafting through the Zambesi River. No thanks. No high-octane activity for me. No chance of dicing with Death. Not this soon. Can only go as far as a heli flight. But that is not to say one should miss the walking tour and the boat ride to the edge. If you’re lucky, you’re bound to meet up with some elephants up the river. Or hippos. Also crocs. Don’t you think that’s enough excitement without having to jump off the bridge?

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Fancy meeting you here, Mr. Elephant!

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The Smoke that Thunders!

Sitting on rocks by the edge, I listened to the gushing waters of Victoria Falls. Sat there. Immobile. Still. Mesmerized. The sound of gushing waters can be quite hypnotic. Then slowly looked down and checked out the end of the rainbow. It’s a lovely day to be out with temp a perfect 23 C. Wisps of steam coming off the falls as I peered down. Thank God the early fog had lifted. But too bad Devil’s Pool is not open for wading/swimming adventurers because of the high water level in the pool. I would have loved to wade through its waters to reach the very edge. In fact I was ready with my swimwear under my jumper dress.

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Zambia on your left. Zimbabwe on your right.

On our helicopter flight, we flew over a bush veld and found more elephants. The Batoka Gorge is awesome! And the flight through its gorge over the Zambezi river approximates starring in some action-adventure movie the likes of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. As with my other adventures in Africa, I wish to remember every detail of this trip with gratitude in my heart. So thankful for this blessing!

A bit of trivia: Livingstone was only 42 when he discovered Victoria Falls in 1855. He died of Malaria and Dysentery. Britain took his body back but the Zambians took his heart out to remain in Zambia where locals feel it belongs. Dr. Livingstone, I presume? 

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Helicopter flying right into the Batoka Gorge!

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Check out the elephants on the island………..

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Another rainbow!

If you have 9 minutes, watch this video clip of our heli-flight over Victoria Falls.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwxjX7mU2Nc&feature=youtube_gdata_player