Victoria Falls

On our Botswana safari, we drove from Chobe National Park to Livingstone, Zambia, to see Victoria Falls. We took a ferry across the Chobe River at the Kasingula to Zambia. At the ferry crossing, one can see four countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls is formed by the Zambezi River flowing over a level piece of basalt in a shallow valley and then drops into a chasm. Victoria Falls is 1700 meters wide and 108 meters tall at its highest point. We visited in April, the peak water flow.

This photo shows the Zambezi River from above the falls, with the broad river stretching far to the right. The large cloud is mist from the falls. Note the rainbow in the mist, just above the river. In the early morning, the sun is rising behind me. I used a circular polarizer to darken the sky and show the mist cloud better.

cloud forms over Victoria Falls from the waterfall mist
cloud forms over Victoria Falls from the waterfall mist (click to enlarge)

Water gushing over the near side of Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls (click to enlarge)

Most of the time, the falls were obscured by the mist from all the falling water.

mist and rainbow at Victoria Falls
mist and rainbow at Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the chasm nearby, and some people pay to bungee jump into the gorge. Look carefully, and you can see a person being hauled up after jumping off the bridge. In 2011 a bungee cord snapped, and a young woman plunged into the river with its many crocodiles. But the safety issues must have been resolved by 2014, and people are still at it.

bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge
bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge

We stayed at a nearby hotel a 10-minute walk upstream from Victoria Falls, which allowed us to visit the Falls many times. The initial photo of this post was taken from the hotel grounds. The hotel employs zebras to help keep the grass short, with the Zambezi River in the background.

zebras keep the grass short
zebras keep the grass short

This vervet monkey climbed up to our second-story balcony.

vervet monkey on our balcony
vervet monkey on our balcony

And on this happy note, our Botswana safari ended, except the 36 hours to fly back to California.

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charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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