One of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders” deposits its enormous magnitude of water at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. We factored in a day on our overland trip to go see this majestic conglomerate of rock and water because it really is a once in a lifetime thing. A bucket list tick-off if you may. The landscape driving into Zimbabwe was rich, wet and humid – the perfect setting for a scene in Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe.
Great British explorer David Livingston is well represented throughout the town & waterfall areas, I guess he had such a fundamental part in creating it’s hype and fame during the late 1800s as he was the first European to come across it, his odes are in a away a thank you from all the visitors from around the world. The actual Vic Falls environment has a slight theme park feel, with numbered looking points to see the canyon from all angles, curio shops and restaurants. The climate changes drastically as you walk along the edge of the opposite side of the actual water fall, which just so you can comprehend is pretty much a giant crack (canyon) and on one side has gallons of gushing water and the opposite side are the view points you walk along. This pathway is jungle, humid and filled with mist spray; hence the rain coats. But as you walk along the path the sun comes out (as Annie promised) and by the end of the gorge it’s a full blown summers day and your 15 trillions layers start to make you sweat under the immortalized African sun.
We got a taste of the old British Empire at the Victoria Falls Hotel, similar in grandeur to our Cape Town Mount Nelson, but even more colonial in decor. Overlooking the bridge Built by the English 1904-1906, the hotels boasts an assortment of oversized living rooms that lead into each other with French doors and explorer themed walls. We had coffee in the gardens with free roaming Pumba warthogs and all her tiny babies to end a perfect day.