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“Pic of the Week”, August 16, 2013. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Spanning 1700 meters (1 mile) between two countries, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls represents a 100 m (330 foot) drop of the Zambezi River into its gorge.

The appearance of the waterfall differs greatly from season to season.  During the rainy season, the Zambian side is the preferred place to watch the falls as you really can`t see much then in Zimbabwe (high flow kicks up so much mist you get drenched and obscures the falls — hence the nickname,`The Smoke that Thunders`).  During the dry season, the Zambian side literally dries up, with little more than bare rocks visible, but Zimbabwe side still flows beautifully and you get to see the details of the waterfall and its rock formations, as in this picture.

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2 Responses to “Pic of the Week”, August 16, 2013. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  1. Peter McLean says:

    Wow Karl that brings back more memories…. We were there on the Zambian side around 1976. We walked down the steep path to the bottom of the falls only to discover a large sign saying “Beware of snakes” which made our return ascent quite rapid indeed!

    • DrFumblefinger says:

      Snakes, yikes! Not to mention all the crocodiles in that gorge. I take it that you and Marie didn’t do any bungy-jumping into the Zambezi gorge. We were invited to do so but politely declined. 2 months after we left a young girl plunged into the river because the idiots running the jump didn’t tether her bungy. Fortunately, she lived to tell the tale….or should I say tail (as the crocs were very interested in her).