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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia - An Impressive Waterfall

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Travel pictures from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

by Dr. Günther Eichhorn

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As an add-on to my trip to Madagascar in May 2001, I visited Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia, in Central Africa, my second trip to Southern Africa. The falls are spectacular to say the least. It was absolutely incredible! Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Zambezi River falls over a cliff that is about 1 km (0.6 miles) wide into a gorge that is about 100 m (330 ft) deep, but on the narrowest part only about 60 m (200 ft) wide. You stand on the opposite side of the falls, only 60 m (200 ft) away from a huge wall of water falling down into the gorge. During the rainy season, the noise is deafening, and you are enveloped by the spray. It is a unique experience.

To get a better view of the falls, I took a helicopter ride over the falls from the Zambia side of the falls. It was a spectacular ride.

A boat ride up and down the Zambezi above the falls was a nice excursion to see some wildlife along the river.

A ride on an elephant into the bush on the Zimbabwe side was a relaxing experience, even though we didn't see many animals, it is too close to civilization.

In Victoria Falls I saw a traditional dance performance which was very interesting.

Victoria Falls is quite separate of Zimbabwe. All the problems of Zimbabwe are kept away from Victoria Falls, since this is a major tourist attraction. It was very safe to visit Victoria Falls.

See the separate page with birds:
Birds
Birds in Victoria Falls

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Zambezi River and Victoria Falls

zambezi boats
Boats on the Zambezi River. (488k)
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The Zambezi River above Victoria Falls from the air. (689k)
evening
Evening on the Zambezi River. (439k)
zambezi sunset
Sunset on the Zambezi River. (585k)
zambezi spray
Spray of Victoria Falls can be seen from the river far above the falls. (490k)
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Spray from Victoria Falls from the air. (637k)
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Victoria Falls from the air. (556k)
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Rainbow over the Victoria Falls gorge. (544k)
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Spray over the Victoria Falls gorge. (613k)
vic falls edge
The edge of Victoria Falls. (637k)
vic falls closeup
Victoria Falls closeup. (703k)
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Victoria Falls rapids below the falls. There is whitewater rafting on this part of the Zambezi River if the water flow is not too high. I was there during the rainy season, so the water flow was way too much for rafting. (739k)
zambezi gorge
Rapids in the outflow of Victoria Falls. (750k)
bungee
The bridge over the outflow of the falls is used for bungee jumping. (874k)

Wildlife

elephantride
Getting ready for an elephant ride through the bush. (746k)
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Elephant ride. (741k)
carcass
A buffalo carcass. (627k)
palms
Makalani Palms (Hyphaene petersiana) along the Zambezi River. (848k)
baobab
A huge African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1012k)
crocodile
A Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil) in the Zambezi River. (836k)
hippo
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie). Hippos are the animals in Africa that kill the most people. They are vegetarian, but extremely dangerous. (820k)

Traditional Dancing

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Dancers in traditional costume. These and the ones in the following five pictures are Makishi dancers, mostly from the Luvale tribe. They live in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Angola. (925k)
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Dancers in traditional costume. (862k)
dancers c
Dancers in traditional costume. (596k)
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Dancer in traditional costume. (490k)
dancer d
Dancer in traditional costume. This costume emphasized and exaggerated the breast. (841k)
drummer
Drummer. (710k)
drums warming
The players warmed their drums on an open fire before they used them. (575k)
dancers stilts
Dancers on stilts. (546k)
dancer b
Dancer in traditional costume. (764k)
dance group
A dance group. These and the ones in the following two pictures are Shangani dancers. They are from Mozambique and southern Zimbabwe. (647k)
dancer a
Dancer in traditional costume. (786k)
dancer e
Dancer in traditional costume. (686k)
dancer warrior
Dancer in traditional costume. (495k)
dancer closeup
Closeup of dancer in traditional costume. (627k)
weight lifting
Weight lifting. He was a young kid, maybe 15 years old. He grabbed a triangular iron bar with his teeth. The iron bar weighed about 12 kg (26 lb). (596k)
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The adult lifted a 40 kg (90 lb) bar with his teeth. We checked the bars and they were really that heavy. (623k)

This page contains 38 pictures with 4 species

The total number of pictures online on my website from Vic Falls is 40

Page last updated on Fri Nov 16 18:59:25 2018 (Mountain Standard Time)


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