Mosi-oa-Tunya;The Smoke that THUNDERS!

Forming the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Victoria falls is one of the greatest and spectacular falls in the entire world.

Over 500 million litres of water a minute cascade over the almost 2 kilometer wide falls causing a deafening yet spectacular explosion seen over 30 miles away as the rainbow makes the occasional appearance. It presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and magnificence as the wide, basalt cliff over transforms the Zambezi from a composed river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges living true to its local name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Adding to the beauty is another wall of basalt facing the falls, rising to the same height as it is graced with mist soaked rainforest.A path along the edge of the forest provides the thrill seeker prepared to brave the tremendous spray with a spectacular series of views of the Falls.

During the drier months of the year, the Zambezi River drops quite substantially, and from mid-August to mid-Januaryforming an infinity pool known as the ‘Devil pool’ forms at the lip of the falls. The Pool lives up to its name making it a haven to the daredevils and the thrill seekers. To reach the devil’s pool you take a rocky walk and swim in the Zambezi River to reach the pool then the fearless ones leap into the pool and get pushed to the edge by the force of the river.  The natural rock barrier brings them to a halt as the raging waters of the Zambezi crash over the cliffs a few feet away, though there are guides in attendance it is not for the faint of heart however for the rest of the year, anyone foolish enough to enter the waters would be instantly swept to their deaths.



5 thoughts on “Mosi-oa-Tunya;The Smoke that THUNDERS!

  1. Outstanding piece.
    Loves everything about it.

    However, everyone writes about the Victoria Falls and yet they are more than 10 waterfall’s in Zambia.
    You could have picked another waterfall, an unknown waterfall to make the article more inviting.

  2. An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I feel that it’s best to write more on this subject, it might not be a taboo topic however usually people are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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