After our safari into Chobe NP, we leaving Kasane (still in Botswana) on Friday the 29th of March to cross the Zimbabwe border and end up in Victoria Falls city.
We final arrive to the last part of our 10 days trip with Gecko’s.
For me, it will be the first time I see such massive falls whilst Caroline has already been to Niagara falls.
Firstly a bit of history and fact about the Victoria falls.
The first european to discover them is Jonathan Livingstone, a scottish missionary and explorer, on the 16th of november 1855. The name of Victoria falls is given in honour of Queen Victoria while the indigenous name of Mosi-Oa-Tunya means “the smoke that thunders”.
So, which one is the largest and highest in the world? Iguazu between Argentine and Brasil, Niagara falls or Victoria Falls.
Neither they are the largest nor the highest waterfalls of the world. But when you consider the width of 1,702m and the height of 108m, it is in fact the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Les chutes Victoria ne sont ni les plus hautes ni les plus larges. Seulement si on considère le fait qu’elles sont hautes de 108m et larges de 1708m, alors elles forment la plus large feuille d’eau qui tombe au monde.
For your information, a quite explain full photo below:
Of course, we came to Zimbabwe when the water is at its highest peak. Which means there is a lot of mist and you end up wet. Don’t get there during windy days…
From a water point of view, the water can be sprayed up to 400m high and sometimes up to the double. This means that the could of mist can be seen from 48km away.
During high peak season (from february to may), you cannot see the foot of the falls. (which was our case..)
We end up the day at the pool bar of the camp site then went eating at the restaurant where our group has gather for the last time.
Next morning, 30th of march is our departure date to Bresil. But before to catch our flight from Jo’burg to Sao Paulo, we have a first flight from Livingstone to Jo’burg. I mistakely book the return flight from Livingstone thinking this was the main city of Victoria Falls. But we have to cross Zambia Border to get to Livingstone from Zimbabwe, and pay a 50$ visa per person. Thank you Jacques says Caroline…
Anyway, before catching the planes we have a few hours to wake up early and run to the Victoria Falls to admire the sunset. When we get there, it was still not open because the staff was late… They finally arrived although didn’t apologize for being late.
We had to spring in the wet forest…
Unfortunately, as you will see in the video and photos, we didn’t see much… We kind of guess the falls but nothing more…
We don’t regret anyway. For the pleasure of the eyes, please find some pictures and as well a short video to show you how quickly the mist goes back up…
A few hours later, we say goodbye to our group and take the road toward the border and Livingstone in Zambia.
Already when we check-in,we start to speak spanish (I kind of try while Caroline couldn’t stop her speaking). We met a Family from Mexico and a Columbian couple who is living in Brisbane in Australia.
It is as well where I receive an email from Pierre and Roxane, a couple with their kid who are travelling currently in South America. Pierre asked me some questions about Asia, their next destinations. Looking at their website (www.allonsvoirailleurs.be) I found they met another french couple and their kid :Axelle, Vincent and their baby Camille in Chili. I know Axelle and Vincent from our university in France (Ecole des Mines d’Ales) and they live in New-Caledonia (not far from Australia). The world is so small.
This is it… This is the end of our short aventure in Africa and it is time to reach South America. We know one thing. We will be back with more time to explore deeper this marvellous continent.
Talk to you very soon in South America
Caro and Jacques