The roar is deafening. Then one might not expect 3 million litres a second of water plunging over a precipice twice the height of Niagara Falls to be silent. Victoria Falls, known by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) leaves visitors speechless.
Yes even chatterboxes such as myself.
Our first glimpse comes with noses pressing against the airplane window as we fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. The smoke that thunders plays show off for arriving visitors. With columns of mist shooting upward 400m (1312 ft.), this World Heritage site can be seen 40km. (25 mi.) away.
Shall we say Victoria Falls would not be good at playing hide and seek.
Livingstone First Glimpses Victoria Falls
In 1855 when David Livingstone was shown the falls by local tribesmen he wrote, ” Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
My guess is Livingstone had a few non-suitable-for-print utterances before he penned the famous line. Who could blame him? Gazing at the natural extravaganza now separating the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe for the first time is gob smacking.
Standing at the falls under bright blue sky the smoke that thunders pours upon us as if we have meandered into an impromptu rainstorm. As the water crashes 108m ( 354 ft.) below the mist blasts like a rocket upward. Gravity is working in fine form and proving that what goes up definitely comes back down, blue sky or not.
Stunned and open-mouthed we can see why this largest sheet of water for any waterfall on the planet, is one of the natural wonders of the world. Hanging out with the likes of Mt. Everest, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls tops her pals in noise production.
Hubby and I spend a great deal of time trying to out shout the wonder.
“Did you know it is 360 feet to the other side?”
“Did you say somebody died?”
” No I said SIDE!”
Finally we concede that the smoke that thunders can do the talking. We quietly stand in awe.
Soaking wet on this sunny day we both grin ear to ear. I wonder if Hubby recalls I had to convince him to come to Victoria Falls ‘while we were in the area.’
I’m full of marvelous ideas don’t you think ?