Falling for Victoria
A trip to Zambia would not be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls – the largest waterfall on the planet and one of the natural wonders of the world. It is also known locally as Mosi- oa- Tunya ( Tonga for ‘ the smoke that thunders’). One million litres of water plunge down the Zambezi gorge every second, creating a thunderous roar and a massive mist spray that soaks you from head to toe, especially on the bridge, roughly a kilometre away from the actual falls. During full moon, visitors can view the mystical magic of a lunar rainbow (‘ moon- bow’) – one of the few places in the world where this natural phenomenon occurs. Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Falls, is a tourist mecca that caters to backpackers as well as the more lavish at heart and is considered the adventure capital of Africa. Adventure- junkies can choose from a long list of options to get their pulses racing including a bridge bungee jump, ‘ swing and slide’, abseiling, river boarding, helicopter and microlight trips and the ultimate adventure activity, white- water river rafting. With such a diverse menu of adventure activities, the choice was difficult and due to our hectic schedule, there was only time for one. To maximise our adventure output, some of us opted for the white- water river rafting in the magnificent Batoka gorge. Passing through massive canyons stretching into the heavens, it looked like another river safari, but that was until we heard the roar of the rapids approaching in the distance. That’s when things started getting serious. This four- hour trip consisted of a total of 25 rapids, many of them classifieds as Grade 5 torrents featuring extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas. It wasn’t long before the rapids capsized our inflatable and dumped us into the wild waters. Luckily, we emerged unscathed, but the experience is scary and exciting at the same time and we quickly gained a new respect for the mighty Zambezi. What’s more, the operators are highly professional with support crew ( on land and water) always on- hand and ready to assist.