Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls with Zeb the Duck

Today, I, Zeb the Duck, will visit Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park.   Victoria Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and we can walk to the national park and waterfalls from our hotel.   Walking to the falls, we cross a bridge and railroad track.   Some men show us the animals under the bridge.

Bush Bok near center of town

Bush Bok near center of town

Isn’t this great.   Less that a kilometer from the center of town, and wild animals are here.   They said this was a bush bok.   The train is coming now.

Train through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Between town and waterfalls

Train through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  Between town and waterfalls

A little further down the road and we see the entrance to Victoria Falls National Park.

Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe.   That is not our water bottle!

We rent a raincoat, pay our park entrance fee and go inside.

Let's buy a ticket and go inside.

Let’s buy a ticket and go inside.

There is a restaurant and a few gift shops near the entrance.   Also several displays with maps and other information about Victoria Falls.   We liked this one.

Information about rain forest and water falls

Information about rain forest and water falls

Raincoats are recommended because the falls are so powerful that the spray is everywhere. Even with a raincoat, we were soaked, but the raincoat did help, so rent or bring one when you visit.   This is one of our early views of Victoria Falls.

Our first sight of Victoria Falls

Our first sight of Victoria Falls and green raincoat of a tourist.

As we walk further, we see more of the waterfalls.

Victoria Falls has such force of falling water

Victoria Falls has such force of falling water

The Zambezi River is about one mile wide at the waterfalls.   Walking through the rainforest, we only see sections of the falls at one time.

This is called Main Falls. Beautiful, wet and loud

This is called Main Falls. Beautiful, wet and loud

This is still further down the path.   The path through the rain forest is very nice and easy to follow.

Path through Victoria Falls National Park near the waterfalls.

Path through Victoria Falls National Park near the waterfalls.

Much of the time we cannot see the falls, but we can hear the roar and see clouds of mist rising over the river.   Victoria Falls was called the “smoke that thunders” by the native people.   This is horseshoe falls.

Horseshoe Falls. Spray on camera lens

Horseshoe Falls. Spray on camera lens

Each view of the waterfalls is breathtakingly powerful.   On this photo, you can see that we are still rather far from the falling water, but the mist and spray are so powerful, there is water on the camera lens.   And we have been cleaning it every few minutes.   The guidebooks say that this is a place you must see, and I, Zeb the Duck, agree.   Being there, at Victoria Falls, you can see it, hear it, feel and taste it (the spray is everywhere).   The Zambezi River and Victoria Falls dominate this part of the world.   Reaching the end of the path, you will have a great view of Victoria Falls Bridge.

Victoria Falls Bridge from Zimbabwe side

Victoria Falls Bridge from Zimbabwe side

At Victoria Falls, one million liters of water drops every second!   That is a lot of water.   Those one million liters that fall every second, fall 107 meters, or 351 feet.   When we visited, the rainy season had ended a month before, so there was a lot of water in the river.    We love all waterfalls and we really love Victoria Falls.   Next week we will show you what we saw from the Zambia of Victoria Falls.

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