As you read this, my wife and I should be on our way to see Victoria Falls, assuming she hasn’t fed me to the crocodiles in the Zambezi. We are travelling by bus from Lusaka to the town of Livingston, which is the Zambian town closest to the falls. The falls are on the Zambezi river, and form part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Scottish explorer David Livingston was the first European to see these falls in November 1855, and he named them after Queen Victoria. The locals call them “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which is an expression in the local Tongan language and means “the smoke that thunders”. My wife, who has been there before, tells me that you can hear the thunder of the water from miles away, and surely Livingston knew he was approaching something major long before he saw the falls. As an experienced explorer, he probably even knew it was a massive waterfall that he was hearing.
I have been lucky enough to see Niagara falls on the US/Canada border a couple of times, including one memorable occasion in February 1993 when they were frozen. But, according to travellers, Victoria Falls makes Niagara look like a “dripping tap”. We shall see, but I am certainly excited about seeing one of the true wonders of Nature. Hopefully, internet access allowing, I should be able to post some of my own photographs and videos of the falls and the surrounding area very soon.
Which are the most spectacular waterfalls you have seen?