Wolfgang Praegler & Gudrun Mirbach-Praegler
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The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
      In   1985   and   1987,   we   made   a   trip   to   Zimbabwe.   In   Zimbabwe,   we   visited   the   Victoria   Falls   at   river   Zambezi.   The   Zambezi   is the   biggest   river   in   southern Africa   and   the   Victoria   Falls   are   among   the   greatest   falls   on   earth.   Since   1989,   the   Victoria   Falls are   one   of   the   World   Heritage   Sites   of   UNESCO.   Over   a   width   of   more   than   1,700m,   the   water   falls   down   for   about   110m. That is   about   double   the   width   and   double   the   depth   of   the   Niagara   Falls.   During   the   rainy   season   more   than   10,000m³   of   water   per second go down.      The   first   European   to   see   the   falls   was   Sir   David   Livingstone.   He   named   the   falls   “Victoria   Falls”   after   his   queen   Victoria. The people living here called the falls “Mosi oa Tunya” ("The Smoke That Thunders"), after the mist which can be seen from far.       We   had   a   sightseeing   flight   over   river   Zambezi   and   the   Victoria   Falls.   This   allowed   us   a   breath-taking   view   into   the   Zambezi gorges.
Sunset view of Zambezi upriver of the falls Up at the falls we can see Sir David Livingstone These tiny islets are found directly at the crest of the Victoria Falls This is the Devil’s Cataract at the western side of the falls The Devil’s Cataract lies straight at the Livingstone monument This footpath leads along the gorge We walk through dense fog, our cameras sheltered in a plastic bag The path goes near the crest of the gorge. The dense fog with its big drops makes us feel like under a shower A loud thunder is filling the air We have unforgettable views into the only 50m narrow gorge This near the abyss we feel a bit uneasy We are starting a sightseeing flight over the falls The spray scales up to more than 300m This view shows the whole broadness in back light Another view into the narrow gorge, which is only 50m broad and 2km long We fly several loops over the river and the falls Sometimes a rainbow forms in the dense fog The Victoria Falls, showing a rainbow These impressions we will never forget This bridge crossing Zambezi is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia We have a last view over the Victoria Falls and upstream Zambezi