Saturday, November 28, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Victoria Falls


After Botswana, we went for two days to the place where Zambia and Zimbabwe
meet on the Zambezi River.  One day we visited Victoria Falls.


Victoria Falls is neither the tallest nor the widest in the world, but it is classified as the biggest because of the overall volume of water that flows over the falls. 


The indigenous name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders."  When flows are normal, the water falls with such force that sprays spread over the whole area.


We visited during a major drought that is affecting all of southern Africa. (It is caused by the same El Nino that is wreaking havoc with much of the world's weather.)  As a result, there was no water at all on the Zambia side of the falls and the flow on the Zimbabwe side was greatly reduced.
Still, it is a most impressive sight.


At Devil's Pool, brave (or foolish) folks can swim right up to the edge.  Not me.

8 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Very impressive despite the reduced flow.

EG CameraGirl said...

It must be awesome to see it in person.

Sharon Anck said...

Smart man, I wouldn't want to swim to the edge either. Gorgeous photos!

Sylvia K said...

What a breathtaking sight that has to be!! Awesome it is indeed!! Ah, and a smart gentleman you are indeed!! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!!

Luis Gomez said...

Gorgeous shots Jack. Thank you for sharing these great images.

jennyfreckles said...

Still impressive, even if the water isn't a thunderous as usual.

RedPat said...

Beautiful, Jack! My dad has been in the hospital so I haven't been around but the pics of Willa were great!

William Kendall said...

It is impressive, even with a reduced waterflow.