November 14, 2005 Issue #006 Biweekly Edition
Written by Enestle Zimba,
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com
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The rain and thunder storms are back in the southern
hemisphere and it appears our ISP was caught napping. We
could not send out the “Africa’s Best Kept Secret” ezine
because our host got a direct hit. So sorry for late
arrival of the newsletter : -).
o Africa’s Best Kept Secret
o Just My Thoughts
o Resource Centre
o Free Trials
o Why is Livingstone Island and the Spectacular Gorges...
Africa’s best kept secret? Because...
Livingstone Island is on the lip of the Victoria Falls and
the start of the Spectacular Gorges.
As you approach the Victoria Falls you’re bound to notice
columns of spray, plumes of smoke rising above tree tops.
They are visible 40 kilometres away. Then you begin to
hear the roar. You wonder if there is a connection.
Similar thoughts must have gone through the mind of Dr
David Livingstone, the missionary doctor and discoverer
of this great water cataract.
Now Dr Livingstone’s approach was from up stream. That’s
why he was able to look down the cascading water as it
dropped down below. He was standing on an island that
overhangs, literally leans over the falls.
The Victoria Falls area and the riverine of the Zambezi
River are unique. The beauty is awesome and mystic. And
this magnificence has been recognized from time immemorial.
In 1855 Dr. David Livingstone wrote of the surrounding
area, "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"
He couldn’t help exclaiming, “This is the most wonderful
sight I had witnessed in Africa. In looking down into the
fissure on the right of the island, one sees nothing but
a dense white cloud, at the time we visited the spot,
had two bright rainbows on it …the snow-white sheet seemed
like myriads of small comets rushing in one direction,
each of which left behind its nucleus rays of form.”
The island Livingstone was observing from was called
“Kaseruka” Island and was highly revered as sacred chief
burial grounds. The Toka Leya people have built various
shrines for the many deities they worship. At the time of
Livingstone’s visit flowers grew everywhere. So he named
it Garden Island. But today and in honour of the famous
explorer it’s now called Livingstone Island.
Sadly the elephants that pass through here during their
annual migration have wreaked havoc on the flowers. Very
few are present any more. So sad!
As it reaches the falls the Zambezi River is transformed
from a wide placid river into a ferocious torrent that
has cut the hard basalt rock through to the underlying
softer rocks to depth of over 110 metres. Then it’s angry
swirl runs along a series of dramatic zigzag gorges it
had earlier cut. There are 9 gorges in all starting with
the Batoka at the entrance.
The zigzag gorges form an area of geological marvel.
It is now a place of fun: white water rafting, bunji
jumping, swinging gorge, abseiling, water boarding,
kayaking, speed boating, jet boating, etc.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JUST MY THOUGHTS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Victoria Falls are extremely broad, spanning 1.7 km
Across. The height of the waterfall varies from 80 m at
the eastern edge to 111 m in the centre – that’s about
twice the height of Niagara Falls at the border between
the USA and Canada. Wow! No wonder the Victoria Falls
is known as the “largest curtain of falling water.”
The cascading water generates spray and mist that can
rise to heights of over a mile (1.6 km), and is visible
from up to 40 km (25 miles) away.
The Victoria Falls has many faces. It has four falls in
fact (grin). It’s not a pun but it’s true. The many
islands on the lip of the waterfall have seen to that.
At the northern end on the Zambian side is the “Eastern
Cataract”. Moving westwards the next part of the falls
is the Armchair Falls. Near the Livingstone Island
Kaseruka Island) is the “Horseshoe Falls.” At the southern
end right on the side Zimbabwe is the “Main Falls.” During
high flood, January to April, the mist is so thick you
hardly see the falls at this point.
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Written by: Enestle Zimba
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