One off the bucket list – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Known to the locals as Mosi Oa Tunya, “The Smoke That Thunders”, the Victoria Falls were a sight to behold, even in the dry season when we were there, where the flow of the water was a mere fraction of what one might see during the wet season from November to March. More than double the height of the Niagara Falls, the cascading sheets of water raise a mist that heralds one’s arrival to the falls, birthing rainbows and showering visitors with a cool wet spray. We did not have the opportunity to view it but during the full moon, one can visit the falls at night and see an actual moonbow, or lunar rainbow, which is pretty much a night version of the rainbow. Caused by the diffraction of light from the thundering mist of the Victoria Falls, I can only imagine what a spectacular and unique sight that must be.

Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone noted in his diaries upon seeing the falls, “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

Next up, Iguazu Falls on the the Brazilian-Argentinian border.

victoria falls panorama

victoria falls zimbabwe

victoria falls zimbabwe

victoria falls zimbabwe

I left my job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with my wife, documenting these beautiful places with my Fuji X-Pro1. View the rest of my RTW adventures on Handcarry Only and follow me on my journey by subscribing/following/bookmarking.

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