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Victoria Falls - A travel report by Meyer
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Victoria Falls,  Zimbabwe - flag Zimbabwe
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The Smoke that Tunders

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Zimbabwe’s local people have given an apt name to this awesome natural phenomenon: Mosi-oa-Tunya - The Smoke that Thunders. They derived that name from the towering column of spray when the Zambezi River runs high in April and May. In theese months the six falls, Davils Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, Armchair Falls and the Eastern Cataract form the largest curtain of falling water in the world and make the falls to one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Favourite spots:
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There are countless marvelous lookouts along the 1,7 km long rim of the gorge. The area around the falls is rainforest fed by the constant spray from the falls. Magnificent rainbows can be seen from all angles.

What's really great:
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The sight of millons of liters of turbulent water cascading over a sheer precipice into a narrow gorge a hundred meters below is something I can never forget. The falls offer an inescapable closeness to the natural elements: The towering column of spray, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss that separates Zimbabwe from Zambia, the “rainforest” generated by the spray and placid, tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and crocodiles lurk


Sights:
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Victoria Falls has many sights, thus it forms a collection of countless sights. So vast are the falls and their setting that it is difficult to grasp their true grandeur and for this reason, they are perhaps best seen from the air. This is made possible by helicopter flight. The flights depart from a helipad next to the Elephant Hills Hotel.

Accommodations:
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If money doesn’t matter the Victoria Falls Hotel should be first choice. The hotel is regarded as one of the worlds best hotels. It is built in Edwardian style and offers breathtaking views from your bedroom of the mist clouds generated by the falls in early morning and the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia. A private footpath leads directly to the falls.





Other recommendations:
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Join in an evening cruise on the Upper Zambezi and have a look at the towering column of spray rising up to 450 meters into the sky. You can see this in April and May, when the water of the Zambezi runs high.

Published on Wednesday January 1th, 2003


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Sat, Mar 04 2006 - 08:14 PM rating by mistybleu

Thank providing some interesting observations

Fri, May 06 2005 - 05:23 PM rating by carolr

Hello Werner
I enjoyed your report and am intrigued by the last picture of the column of spray.
thank you for taking the time to share your experiences - however long ago.
Carolr

Fri, Nov 12 2004 - 11:33 PM rating by magsalex

Hopefully i will get there one day!

Mon, Apr 21 2003 - 12:02 PM rating by inzaghi

Would be great if you could give more details of Victoria Falls Hotel. eg. price, amenities

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