David Livingstone was the first European to see Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) in November 1855. He renamed the waterfall in honor of Queen Victoria. Seeing such beauty took his breath away. This is how he described his experience in 1858:
“The whole scene was extremely beautiful; the banks and islands dotted over the river are adorned with sylvan vegetation of great variety of color and form…no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” David Livingstone, Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, 1858
We can totally relate to his lovely description. ♥
Victoria Falls aren’t the widest nor are they the highest waterfalls in the world, but based on their combined width (1,708 meters) and height (108 meters) they are considered the largest. But their unparalleled beauty and immense power aren’t the only things that make them so appealing. For us, its abundance of wildlife is what makes this place so majestic.
We walked the Photographer’s trail, which offers beautiful views of the misty falls, the Boiling pot trail, which offers a great view of the famous Victoria Bridge connecting the Zambian and the Zimbabwean side of the falls, and we visited the Danger point, where you can see (and feel) the falls from the first row. Needless to say that we were soaking wet afterward. In the park surrounding the falls we saw dozens, maybe even hundreds of baboons and vervet monkeys. There were also some warthogs and wild zebras feeding just outside the park. These many unexpected wildlife encounters were what made the experience so unique. 😉