Livingstone & Mosi-oa-Tunya 6 May 2021

We thought we’d spend our first “free day” first being tourists and then some admin

So what do tourists do in Livingstone?

Many of them go and experience the Victoria Falls and that’s what we did..

This is the first view of the falls through the trees

The Falls was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, it is the greatest curtain of falling water in the world and the name has stuck – there is also now a very popular Zambian beer called “Mosi”. Pity it has normal lager Gluten loading – so it is not on Barry’s permitted list. Even has the falls on its branding

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometres, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. – this is the view we saw “down the road”

The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. This is the approaches o the falls on the Zambia side near Livingstone Island – doesn’t look like much but it sure is noisy…


Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. We followed the path along the edge of the forest and braved the tremendous spray, to see the unparalleled series of views of the Falls and a multitude of rainbows

We loved going across point the Knife-edge Bridge, where the rain from the falls is torrential! Such an experience! The rainbows were almost 360 degrees – this can be seen in the video


We also went down to the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Great to see the powerful swirling water and the iconic bridge that joins Zambia and Zimbabwe! This is an eddy of note

We spent 4 hours exploring the Falls, got absolutely drenched and loved every minute.

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