The Smoke That Thunders : Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Getting there : We chose the Kenya Airways flight to Zambia, via Kenya. It flies alternate days and is almost tailor made for a stay at Victoria Falls owing to it’s flight timings.
The Main Attraction : While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft)and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivaled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.
Satellite view of The Victoria Falls
When to Visit : The peak tourist season stretches between March to August. This is the season where the flow of the Zambezi river is high, consequently number of adventure activities in and around the water go down. An estimated 4 lakh tourists visit during these few months.
What to Do : There is a whole bunch of adventure activities for the adrenaline hungry individuals. Adventure activities include Zipline, Swing, Bungee Jump and a Micro Lite flyover the Victoria Falls among others. The facilities are available throughout the year, although number of activities usually go up around the time where the flow of Zambezi reduces.
Recommendations : 2N/4N options are most ideal for soaking up the ambience and thrill of The Victoria Falls. If one wishes to try out a part-take in the adventure activities, the four night stay is a must, while if you just want to relax by the side of the falls the shorter stay is advisable.
HIGH-FLYING OVER VICTORIA
That morning as I woke up, there was a sense of unrest in me : a feeling that today was going to be out of the ordinary. Surrounded by a bunch of close friends & adrenaline enthusiasts I decided to face my fear of heights and decided to take part in the Micro Lite fly-over.
I was very hesitant initially looking at the seemingly fragile glider that was supposed to carry me and the instructor about a hundred odd feet into the air.
The first few minutes, air borne, were scary and my fear made me incapable of enjoying the experience at the start. The instructor was very understanding and eased me up before we came up near the actual falls.
The view is beyond words, it’s an experience to live to know it. And the defining moment of the trip was the moment where the instructor dipped our glider near the falls and there we got soaked in the mist, namely The Angel’s Kiss.
Spurred by desire we even braced ourselves to conquer other fears & took part in other adrenaline pumping activities.
The everlasting joy of facing your fear is worth facing the fear.
Published by Sandeep Desai