Entrance to the Victoria National Park.
I began to take down the tent after breakfast and suddenly Dumi told me not to do it yet. I told him that I was not going to use it anymore but Dumi still insisted. ‘Oh, ok ‘, I replied and I started to pitch the tent again. I don’t know the reason but so far all the advises that Dumi gave me throughout the trip was always legit. I started my walk to the Victoria Falls National Park (VFP) which was about a kilometre away from our campsite which is also a UNESCO heritage site plus it is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Cool! ..one off the list for me . The other natural wonder of the world that I been to is Mount Everest .. I didn’t climb it nor been at the Everest Base Camp but took a ‘Everest Flight’ where the plane flew around it . Does it count?
Victoria Falls or Mosi oa Tunya (Smoke that thunders) is a waterfall of the Zambezi River, located in Zambia but the best views are seen from the Zimbabwe side of the falls. It’s neither the highest nor the widest of waterfalls but claims the world largest falling sheet of water.
Statue of Dr. David Livingstone.
Plaque at base of Dr.Livingstone’s Statue.
Wefie with Dr. David Livingstone.
Devil Cataract, one of the waterfalls.
At The Devils Cataract, Victoria Falls.
Water spray at the Devils Cataract, Victoria Falls.
Still at the Devils Cataract.
At the entrance to the National Park, there were vendors asking you to rent raincoats to use it at the falls area but being a sunny day, I was reluctant to rent one but the persistence of the vendors got the better of me and it was the wisest decisions that I have ever made that very sunny day. The locals knows best especially the taxi driver the night before about the elephants wandering in the streets at night. I started walking around the western side of the falls where a statue of Dr. David Livingstone who was the first European to view the falls was erected and he then named it the Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain. One of the falls that is the lowest is called the ‘Devils Cataract’ located nearby Dr. Livingstone’s statue and it is only 60 metres in height but one could view a cloud of water sprays caused by the falling water from the top of the falls.
The start of the Main Falls.
Path @ the Victoria Falls National Park.
Mist over the Victoria Falls.
There are a lot of section’s of the Victoria Falls where the height and topography of the falls are divided, such as the Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Fall, Rainbow Falls and the Eastern Cataract ..The fun started at the beginning of the Main Falls where I started to use my raincoat. The waters from Zambezi was flowing at its maximum speed as it was the wet season .. As the water fell we could hear the thunderous sounds of the water hitting the base of the fall. Clouds of water spray was so dense at certain points of the falls that we lost sight of the rushing water over the opposite side. I have never seen a strong force of water hitting the base of any waterfalls. The depth of the falls is one hundred and six metres deep and the amount of water spray exceeded the height of the falls. Really felt excited here witnessing this natural phenomena. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah). No wonder it is one of the natural wonders of the world. I spent about more than three hours at the Victoria Falls National Park, walking from the Devils Cataract falls right until Danger Point where the walking path comes to and end. On the way back to the entrance, I took a view of the Victoria Falls Bridge which connects the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. One of the main attractions on the Victoria Falls Bridge is the Bungy Jumping where you can boast that you have bungy jumped in two countries, IF you really jumped. Me? Bungy Jumping? I do have plans for tomorrow which to me is more exciting than Bungy Jumping …Planning to do it tomorrow .
Rainbow Falls, Victoria Falls.
Eastern Cataract, Victoria Falls.
Danger Point, Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls at full force.
Danger Point, Victoria Falls.
One of the gorges.
Victoria Falls Bridge.
I ended the walking tour of the Victoria Falls drenched and at the nearby coffee shop in the Victoria Park’s vicinity, there were lots of drenched tourists drying their cameras and other electronic gadgets on the tables. A worker told me that he witnessed a few times tourists drying their drenched passports!!! As I returned my rented raincoat I stopped by for a drink. While having a drink and a few puffs I noticed that a lot of the tourists decided not in renting the raincoats .. I had a laugh to myself saying that they made the worst decision of the day over a sum of USD3. Good luck to them. As I arrived back at the campsite, there was Dumi smiling and grinning and now I knew why he advised me not to take down my tent as he knows that I would need a bath and organized myself again after visiting the Falls at this time of year. He earned himself a drink from me.
About to cross the Victoria Falls Bridge into Zambia.
Weather about to clear up over the Zambezi.
Dusk over the Zambezi.
Organized myself, took down my tent for the last time … said my warmest goodbyes to Dumi, Matt and Benson who had taken care of me and the others during the 12 days we were under their supervision. I would like to say that they were very responsible about our safety and needs throughout the duration with them. I wished I could have continued the trip to Dar Es Salam with them as I had to make a decision whether to prolong or shorten this trip of mine in a few days … Plan A or Plan B …
I took a taxi to the Zambian town of Livingston which was about ten kilometres away passing the Victoria Falls bridge and on into Zambia. Both immigration process was swift as I don’t have to get a visa to enter Zambia unlike my fellow travellers who took a short day trip to Livingstone. I arrived at my booked accommodation which was on the banks of the Zambezi River. One of my reason’s staying in Livingstone is to swim in the Devils pools where you can actually swim by the edge of the waterfall. It can only be accessed in Livingstone. I then whiled the time away by having a late tea time drinks by the banks of the Zambezi and watched the beautiful sunset …. At the hotel reception I inquired if the Devil’s Pool could be visited tomorrow but the hotel staff informed me that during the wet season the visit to the Devil’s Pool is not possible as the water currents does not permit visitors to access it … Things are not meant to be .
Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) for this wonderful day.