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Vacation to Zambia

We will be traveling north to Victoria Falls this week. I have booked the week off work so it will be my first real vacation in Africa. On the way we will stop over in the Etosha National Game Reserve. I was there back in February, but this time of year it is much drier so we are likely to see many more rare animals. (ie. lions, elephants, rhinoceros, etc.) We will drive to Zambia on Tuesday and spend three days at the falls before returning on Saturday morning.

The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya are one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. The falls are situated on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, (17°55′1″S, 25°51′0″E) and are roughly 1.7 km (1 mile) wide and 128 m (420 ft) high. They are considered a remarkable spectacle because of the peculiar narrow slot-like chasm into which the water falls, so one can view the falls face-on.

David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and renamed them after Queen Victoria, though they were known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the “smoke that thunders”. The falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and are one of Southern Africa’s major tourist attractions. They are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vastly larger than North America’s Niagara Falls, Victoria is only rivalled by South America’s Iguazu Falls (excluding large rapid like falls such as Livingston de Chutes). Iguazu and Victoria are generally regarded as the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, with people divided as to which is the more impressive. Whilst Iguazu is divided into over 270 (relatively) ‘small’ falls and cataracts, Victoria is the largest single sheet of water in the world , over 100 meters tall in parts, and over one mile wide. Source

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Journey to Zamiba: Etosha National Park

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