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Victoria Falls

Mark and I were thrilled to be able to visit Victoria Falls which is listed as the seventh wonder of the world.

It is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls — which he did from what is now known as ‘Livingstone Island’ in Zambia, the only land accessible in the middle of the falls.[1] David Livingstone gave the falls the name ‘Victoria Falls’ in honor of his Queen, but the indigenous name of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ — literally meaning the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ — is also well known. The World Heritage List recognizes both names.[2]

Size

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft)[3] and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls’ maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls. It is twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and several times longer, but overall Niagara Falls has more water flow over a yearly period as Victoria Falls goes down to half its flow during six months of the year. (Wikipedia)

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We took about 2 hours to walk the other side of the falls to view the water falls at 14 different vantage points.

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We saw many rainbows at the beginning of the walk.

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This was the long section of the falls, where the water is all white in another month, when the water is at full force.

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At the very end of the walk, we got completely soaked as it was literally raining with all the mist.

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You can see just some of the mist, along with a double rainbow.

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I love this photo with the midst of the water making up the background.

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The helicopter ride was amazing.

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A view of the water leading up to the falls

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After the exciting 30 minute ride

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Mark thought it was great also.

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full rainbow

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It was a ride to remember.