Mosi-oa-Tunya

From Botswana we crossed the Zambezi, one of Africa’s shortest borders, to reach Zambia. The noise, the dust and the haggling immediately hit us as we stepped onto the land; we felt like we had returned to the real Africa. We based ourselves in Livingstone; named after the famous British Explorer who claimed to discover the nearby Victoria Falls.

Mosi-oa-Tunya is the local name for Vic Falls and means ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, and it sure does!  The spray can be seen 11 kms away in the town of Livingstone. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, being one of the largest waterfalls on Earth. It borders Zambia and Zimbabwe so you would get the best view from a helicopter. Unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to do so but we did get a glimpse of this monster. Most of the time we felt like we were walking through a fire rescue mission. The sheer volume of water created multiply rainbows as the light tried to break through the mist emitted from the crashing water. The spray was so powerful it stopped us in our tracks and soaked us completely, but it was an exhilarating experience.

However having our camera bags completely soaked did add an element of worry so the minute we found dry land we stripped our bags empty and  lay all our gear in the sun. Thankfully after twenty minutes we were all dry again and ready to cross the bridge into Zimbabwe where got got a wider view of the river and some entertainment from bungy jumpers. As we got to the border we decided to come back and travel a little more of Zambia before moving on again.

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