Saturday, July 4, 2009

Day 27, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa

Hello from Zambia once again.....

We have a special birthday treat for Monika today
.....Happy Birthday Monika:-)
.........we are going to visit Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), a magnificent waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

So, let's take a helicopter flip over Victoria Falls....
Wow!!This gives us a real sense of the geography of the Vic Falls area!!

These are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world!!

The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away.

Surely they are some of the largest waterfalls in the world!!

Jarca and Marti are extremely fit and have been eagerly looking forward to going on the most exhausting of all the activities here.... White Water Rafting on the Zambezi .....
Be careful girls, there are Class 4 and Class 5 Rapids here...

Guess what Sita?? Today you are going on an Elephant Back Safari ! This is amazing! Despite its massive size, the elephants do not disturb the surrounding animals....

Nopi was trying to do some game spotting in a Microlight (which has an open cockpit) but is unlucky so she takes a flight over the falls instead...!

We simply cannot get enough of this waterfall and can see why it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya is the name in official use in Zambia and both names are used in the UNESCO World Heritage List

With a width of 1,708 metres (5,600 ft) and a height of 108 meters (360 ft), it forms the largest sheet of falling water in the world........simply awesome!!!!!

Bungee Jumping is definitely another one of my "things to do before I die" so I am going to try this adrenaline pumping activity. I have never done this before....but what better place than Vic Falls behind me and the River Gorge in front of me?
Oooooooooooooh, here I go....this is great!!!!!!

The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls.

The river is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries. There are border posts on the approaches to both ends, at the towns of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia, so we crossed over into Zimbabwe and made our way to our hotel......

We have arranged a surprise for Monika.....a purely African birthday party my friend.......cheers!

I have tried checking in with the response
Hmm, perhaps they are too exhausted......

We are now going to party the night away with some of the American tourists here...
Happy Independence Day America:-)
Happy Birthday Monika:-)

Goodnight from Zimbabwe:-)

1 comment:

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