Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zambia: Victoria Falls

In April I went to Zambia for a week to visit my friend Lindsey, who had been there for the month. We took a trip to Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River falls into a gorge right on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The local name for the falls is Mosi oa Tunya, which means "The Smoke that Thunders." You can see the mist coming off the falls from miles away - even from the downtown of Livingstone, the town closest to them. From this picture, you can see the mist coming from across the river. From this point you can hear the water too.

Zebras at the park entrance.

 This group of Zambian teachers liked the way I looked, for some reason, and decided they wanted a picture with me. Lindsey snapped a shot too. I´m not really sure why they wanted the picture, but I can say that everyone at the falls was so friendly it was infectious. Everyone said hello to everyone they passed on the trails. We also laughed at each other for getting soaking wet in the mist.

You can hike down to the bottom of the gorge. You can´t quite see where the water hits the bottom, but you can see where it pushes out of the gorge and makes a fierce whirlpool.

We encountered a large group of school children. Their teacher was making them hurry and climb back up the path.

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