The famous Victoria Falls on the Zambeze River, located on
the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, are 1.7 km wide
and 108 metres high, an extraordinary spectacle.
Water dropping into a narrow and very deep abyss.
Named in honour of Queen Victoria, they are still called
“Mosi-oa-Tunya” locally , which means the smoke that thunders.
It is one of the greatest tourist atractions on the african continent.
The Eastern Cataract, on the Zambian side.
The Smoke that Thunders’, rainy season, 1972 . . .
. . . and dry season,
‘ September 2003
Victoria Falls' Second Gorge (with bridge) and Third Gorge (right).
The peninsular cliffs are in Zambia, the outer cliffs in Zimbabwe.
At lower water levels, more of the First Gorge can be seen.
Two white rhinos at Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park,
not indigenous, but imported from South Africa.
Victoria Falls Bridge spanning the Second Gorge.
A child on the edge of an abiss !!!
This is called “The Devil's Pool”, a natural
swimming pool formed in the rocks just above
the 108 metre high Victoria Falls!!!
The bravest ones stand on the very
edge to get their photos taken!
From September to December, due to low water levels,
it is safe to swim on the edge of this waterfall.
Jumping into the pool!
Curiosity overcomes fear...
Taking original photos!!
An adrenalin discharge and yell of excitement
at the edge of the abyss!!!
Well? Did that excite you?
Aura da Lua
Translated from Portuguese by Alan H. Orr
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