Mar 19, 2017 —Victoria Falls was named after Queen Victoria of Britain after David Livingstone discovered the world’s largest sheet of falling water (measured at 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) wide and 108 metres (354 ft) high) in 1855. While Vic Falls is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world it is known for being the largest based on its combined width and height.
When Dave and I got to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, it was a bit of a culture shock. It was the first time in our travels around Africa that was extremely touristy and we were continually accosted by street vendors selling anything from shoes to wooden carvings to the former and now-unvaluable Zimbabwean currency in denominations of billion dollar bills. Sometimes it was tough to remain polite when declining.
Also surprising was the cost of everything, namely the fee to see the falls, which, for its size, is surprisingly obscure and impossible to see from any vantage point that doesn’t come with an entry price tag.
The fee to enter through the gates to see Vic Falls is approx. $8 CAD ($6 US), if you’re a local. If you’re a foreigner, you’ll pay $41 CAD ($30 US). That’s per person and a single-entry fee, so if you’d like to come back at sunset for better lighting, you’ll pay another $41 CAD ($30 US).
Despite this, Dave and I obviously had come a long way to be there so we paid the fee and walked the very beautiful, lush walkway to the falls.
I felt we had one big advantage for seeing the falls. It was the rainy season in Africa and surely that meant the falls would be extraordinarily full. They were and in fact they also spit out a ton of spray. So much, in fact, the water from the landing droplets creates its own mini-falls within a certain radius. This may also be hard to believe but in our camp site over a mile away, we could feel mist ever so slightly on our skin.
When we entered the falls, there were people renting out rain jackets. We had thought ahead and brought our GoreTex jackets but we should have brought my waterproof point-and-shoot camera as well. As we walked closer to the falls, those walking toward us looked like they’d been in the rains of Africa. We thought maybe they were just hiking down to an area that had more spray but as we approached the edge we got absolutely soaked. It was nice to be cooled down in the heat but this and the fact that the falls hide shyly behind a veil of its own spray, made it hard to capture some good shots.
Nevertheless, the falls are quite something and we did get some photos. Here they are below along with a video.
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