Memorable travel moments: Flight of the Angels

“A waterfall begins from only one drop of water… Look what comes from that…” Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

I love everything about waterfalls. They usually look spectacular. The sound of the water trickling over rocks or thundering into a chasm can be breathtaking. And they are fun to photograph, unless the mist is so great that your camera gets soaked. Which brings me to Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe; in short, the most amazing waterfall I’ve ever seen.

The local name for Victoria Falls is ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. The mist generated, from the impact of the Zambezi River plunging more than 100 metres into a chasm, can be seen for kilometres. When David Livingstone discovered the falls in 1855 he uttered, “On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed.”

Today, the ‘Flight of the Angels’ is a 15-minute flight over the mile-wide Victoria Falls. This heart-stopping flight was one of my favourite experiences in Africa, followed closely by our walk through baboon-populated rainforest to the falls on the Zimbabwean side. Amid the immense water, spray and sunshine there was a rainbow. We ended up thoroughly drenched, but it didn’t matter. This was an incredible moment.

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