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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Africa: Zimbabwe and Zambia: Part 1

Geography quiz: What waterfall is on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia?? The answer: Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. We saw this amazing waterfall in Africa, Easter 2012.

Not only being showered, but completely wet as we exited the Zimbabwe side to our hotel, which was a short 5 minute walk away. When we first arrived, we were giddy with excitement, as we were excited about seeing the falls. We couldn't hear the falls from our hotel, but once we got closer, we heard what sounded like thunder. Before we actually entered, the men at the entrance asked if we wanted a raincoat, but as newcomers we didn't feel the need. As we set along 2 mins along the dirt path, we saw our first glimpse. We had heard it was among the worlds biggest waterfalls; Iguassu falls and Niagara Falls. Apparently, Iguassu has the longest width, Niagara has the most volume, and Victoria has the longest length(down). It was like watching a tap gush out water, and like you were going to fall into the everlasting clouds below you. The water below you couldn't see, but on the bridge separating Zimbabwe and Zambia, the water below was churning in different directions.

On the news a while ago, a woman Bungee jumped from that bridge. Yes, remember that story? The bungee snapped and she fell in the water, apparently infested with crocodiles. But she came out alive, with a broken neck and collar bone (I think).

Anyway, there is also a Zambia side to the Falls which is way closer. This time, we had to wear coats, and if you slipped, you would definitely fall into the falls. Note to anyone who goes to the Zambia side: Never take pictures. I took pictures with my I Phone, though it got water in it and then stopped working. I could still connect it up to the computer, just couldn't use it anymore.

On the last day before going to Cape Town, the second leg of our trip, we went on a small game drive, where we saw one of the most endangered Rhinos, the White rhino.

Cape Town next!!!!


1 comment:

Bhasker said...

Simply fantastic will go & see the great victoria falls in person one day Lots of love & well do on keeping up with the pages... Love Desai's