Victoria Falls at high water

Park fees paid and entry completed, it’s time to enter the park and visit the mighty Victoria Falls! An experienced guide gives a detailed account of the river’s geography, which is incredibly fascinating, and the colonial history of the Falls. The tour commences and keeps me enthralled until the very end.

There are 15 view points along the incredible 1.7km stretch of the Falls and each differs in what you can see. The 16th view point is of the Livingstone Bridge which is a sight in itself. The first view point has a statue of David Livingstone and is next to Devil’s Cataract, the smallest part of the Falls but the one that flows with the most water in low season. The sound is apt for the name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, meaning Smoke that Thunders. And in high water it certainly does thunder. Ponchos were on from this view point and weren’t taken off until we exited!

Victoria Fall in full flow. Photograph by Tract Edwards, Tribes Travel.

The views points offer various positions of the Falls but it is from view point 6 and onwards you get to see the main falls. That is if you get lucky and the wind blows the mist away enough for you to see it. At high water don’t expect to get great pictures, or even good views of the falls.

“With around 625 million litres of water flowing over the edge every minute”

With around 625 million litres of water flowing over the edge every minute, the spray and mist produced is a dense blanket of which you often can’t see further than your arm ahead. An incredible experience! Not for photos of course since the down poor soaks you to the bone and you’d aren’t get your camera out even for a split second. However, standing on the edge of the view point 15 (Danger Point), in the middle of the mist, listening and feeling the thunder of these magnificent falls gives you a sense of Mother Nature’s raw power and beauty, a feeling like no other.