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We’ve been to Victoria Falls a number of times and it never ceases to amaze. David Livingstone was not understating it when he said: “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) and, it seems, that early Arab traders may have known them under a name meaning “the end of the world”.
The Zambezi River just above The Eastern Cataract. Victoria Falls. Zambia
(Photo details: Panorama created from a stitch of 6 images. Nikon D800 and 24 – 70 f2,8. ISO 50, 0,8sec at f16).
So, here are some interesting facts about Victoria Falls:
- They are on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe
- They are considered the largest in the world – not the longest or highest but based on their width, 1,708 metres (5,604 ft), and height, 108 metres (354 ft).
- They are formed by a fracture zone in a basalt shelf.
- Over the previous 100,000 years, the falls have been moving upstream through the Batoka Gorges.
- There is evidence of human occupation in the area extending back over 30 000 years.
- David Livingstone arrived at the Falls on 17 November 1855.
- Some authorities believe that the the first European to see the falls was a Portuguese priest by the name of Gonçalo da Silver in the sixteenth century.
- A bridge, the brainchild of Cecil John Rhodes, was built across the 2nd Gorge in 1895, linking Zimbabwe and Zambia (then, Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia).
- The highest flow rate over the falls was 12 800 m3/s (12 800 000l per second)
- The Tonga people call the falls Shungu na mutitima, the Matabele, aManz’ aThunqayo, and the Botswana (from Botswana) call them Mosi-o-Tunya, all essentially meaning, “the smoke that thunders”.
The Eastern Cataract. Victoria Falls. Livingstone. Zambia
(Photo details: Nikon D800 and 24 – 70 f2.8. ISO 50, ¼ sec at f16)
Roger de la Harpe