Day 360 Zambia : Livingstone

Our first stop when we woke up was an excursion to see the Eastern Cataract (Zambia side) of the Victoria Falls on foot or as the locals call it Mosi-o-tunde - The Smoke that Thunders.  A beautiful bronze of David Livingstone presides over the entry a001_P1000213 .  From the river side of the Falls the amount of water rushing towards them is phenomenal.a001a_P1000241 And when you see signs like this you realise that at times of lower water people actually walk across and sometimes sit in Devil's Cauldron, a rock pool that allows you to look over the Falls.  No way!!a001b_P1000243

When you see them as we did in full flood - over 1.9km stretch of rock falls completely covered by metres of deep water cascading over the lip - it was an awe inspiring sight a002_P1000238 .  The noise is so loud that the ground trembles beneath your feet and misty spray hovers in the air around you as you walk down the pathways to the viewing pointsa003_P1000232.  At the viewing points, get too close and the spray as it appears in waves, envelopes you a004_SG109807.  But that is just a light sprinkling in comparison to crossing the concrete bridge to a small island view point.  Trevor decided to risk it a005_SG109815 wearing a raincoat that we had taken with us.  As he disappeared into the mist a006_P1000230 Maureen and I waited for him to come back.  And when we saw him emerge (and he described the fury of the water and spray as a cross between a washing machine and the biggest storm he had ever experienced), completely and utterly drenched despite the raincoat a007_SG109830 , we were glad that we didn't go.  The last vantage point gave us a view of the bridge crossing from Zambia to Zimbabwe and the one that's used for those enough insane to bunging off it a008_P1000236 .  Not a chance!!!

After 2 hours of wondering around the Falls we made our way into town to the Livingstone Museum, wandering between the dry, musty rooms filled with history.  An incredible day.  As we got back to the camp, the clouds that had been hovering on the outskirts of Livingstone, closed in, with a crash of thunder and a bright flash of lightning, the heavens opened and the rain fell.

#1 Amy on 4.25.2010 at 12:02 AM

Wow - so much more water than when we were there! We did the falls from the Zim side but others on the Zam side said they really didn't see anything fall... With you on the Devil's pool - that's a special type of crazy!

 

 

Hi Amy

We are loving Zambia and finding it difficult to move away from Mukambi Lodge where we are staying on the Kafue National Park.  Have updated the blog now to include our day over the Falls in a helicopter.  OMG!!  Breathtaking!

Love

Trev& Janxx

#2 John Cox on 4.25.2010 at 10:10 AM

Hi you two.

Just been having a read from a wet Sunday morning in East Yorkshire, its bring back a few memeries and itchy feet.

Take Care John and Denise.

 

 

Hi John & Denise

Having a whale of a time in Zambia.  We are loving where we are staying at Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park but will be leaving reluctantly to go back to Lusaka next week having stayed here for nearly 2 weeks.  But we needed the rest after our marathon session up from SA.  Don't know how you both did from home to SA in the time you did...... :o))  We think Zambia is one of the nicest countries in Africa - the people of fantastic, ever so friendly (well except the security guy in Shoprite!!!!)

Take care.  Will definitely catch up with you once we get back home.

Cheers

T&J