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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

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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, my second trip to southern Africa. The falls are spectacular to say the least. It was absolutely incredible! 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 elefant 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.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn.

Zambezi River and Victoria Falls

zambezi boatsBoats on the Zambezi River. (488k)
zambeziThe Zambezi River above Victoria Falls from the air. (689k)
eveningEvening on the Zambezi River. (439k)
zambezi sunsetSunset on the Zambezi River. (585k)
zambezi spraySpray of Victoria Falls can be seen from the river far above the falls. (490k)
vic falls spraySpray from Victoria Falls from the air. (637k)
vic falls1Victoria Falls from the air. (556k)
vic falls rainbowRainbow over the Victoria Falls gorge. (544k)
vic falls gorgeSpray over the Victoria Falls gorge. (613k)
vic falls edgeThe edge of Victoria Falls. (637k)
vic falls closeupVictoria Falls closeup. (703k)
vic falls rapidsVictoria 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 gorgeRapids in the outflow of Victoria Falls. (750k)
bungeeThe bridge over the outflow of the falls is used for bungee jumping. (874k)

Wildlife

elephantrideGetting ready for an elephant ride through the bush. (746k)
elephantride2Elephant ride. (741k)
carcassA buffalo carcass. (627k)
palmsMakalani Palms (Hyphaene petersiana) along the Zambezi River. (848k)
baobabA huge African Baobab (Adansonia digitata) (1012k)
storkAfrican Openbill Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus) on the Zambezi River. (566k)
snake birdAfrican Darter (Anhinga rufa) (680k)
birdOne of the African Darters in flight. (400k)
crocodileA Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Zambezi River. (836k)
hippoHippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Hippos are the animals in Africa that kill the most people. They are vegetarian, but extremely dangerous. (820k)

Traditional Dancing

dancers aDancers 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)
dancers bDancers in traditional costume. (862k)
dancers cDancers in traditional costume. (596k)
dancer cDancer in traditional costume. (490k)
dancer dDancer in traditional costume. This costume emphasized and exaggerated the breast. (841k)
drummerDrummer. (710k)
drums warmingThe players warmed their drums on an open fire before they used them. (575k)
dancers stiltsDancers on stilts. (546k)
dancer bDancer in traditional costume. (764k)
dance groupA dance group. These and the ones in the following two pictures are Shangani dancers. They are from Mozambique and southern Zimbabwe. (647k)
dancer aDancer in traditional costume. (786k)
dancer eDancer in traditional costume. (686k)
dancer warriorDancer in traditional costume. (495k)
dancer closeupCloseup of dancer in traditional costume. (627k)
weight liftingWeight 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 (27 lbs). (596k)
weight lifting2The adult lifted a 40 kg (88 lbs) bar with his teeth. We checked the bars and they were really that heavy. (623k)


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