Victoria Walls – A Different View of an Iconic Site

Victoria Walls – A Different View of an Iconic Site

One of the great advantages of dealing with a professional agent at South African Airways Vacations is our experience and knowledge at almost all of the sites that we will recommend to you.

Victoria Falls versus Victoria Walls.

The Zambezi River begins its march to the sea (Indian Ocean) at 4900 ft. in the Zambian highlands and winds it way over several smaller falls to the fault that forms what we know as Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya—”the smoke that thunders”. The River flows through Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, before flowing into the Indian Ocean.

An ever changing environment in geological terms, the Falls is slowly making its way upstream as the rush of water wears away the bedrock of the fault. Six gorges in all make up the fault the first of which receives its falling waters, the second gorge is spanned by the Victoria Falls Bridge, built by the British to carry trains for the Cape Town to Cairo railway that never materialized. The other 4 gorges are downstream and create rapids for great white water rafting. The river then enters Lake Kariba one of the largest man made lakes in the world, built for its hydro-electic power, and ultimately, the river reaches the sea.

The rainy season in the upper highlands from October to March causes the river to surge, reaching its peak flow in April – May at Livingstone making Victoria Falls the largest waterfall in the world, not for its height, for there are higher falls, and not for its width, because there are wider falls, and not for its flow, for there are bigger rivers, but for the combination all of these, making the Falls a World Heritage site.

But, alas, the rains come and go, and so does the great flow of the river, culminating in its lowest flow in November when we recently visited. On the Zimbabwe side, there is always water going over the edge, not so on the Zambian side, where the view is substantially different. Here the flow has stopped and the gorge can be viewed in all its naked splendor . . . but why would you want to?

This is why it is so important to deal with experienced agents who know all of the nuances that will make your trip superb.

– by Jerry Lankin