Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe border • 360° Aerial Panorama
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"Victoria" - is one of the most spectacular attractions of Africa and one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. It is created by the Zambezi River that suddenly plummets into a narrow, 100-meters deep chasm. At the same time, Victoria - is the only waterfall in the world that is over one kilometer wide and over one hundred meters deep.
Its roar can be heard from 40 kilometers away, while the spray and mist from the falling water rises up to 400 meters and is visible from the distance of 50 kilometers. Even the rainbows are incredible here - they are of the "moon" kind: produced by the light reflected off the surface of the Moon.
The falls were discovered in 1855 by David Livingstone, the British doctor and a missionary, who named them in honor of Queen Victoria. Locals called this Nature's wonder "Mosi-oa-Tunya" ("The Smoke Which Thunders") and were afraid to even get close to it. Brave Livingstone was the first European who could cross the entire Dark Continent from the South to the North. His expedition, aimed at bringing Christianity to Africa, was accompanied by 300 warriors from one of the tribes, but only two of them dared to get close to the waterfall.
However, the traveler was not too happy about his discovery. For Livingstone, this wall of water was just an obstacle that prevented the Christians from reaching the tribes in the depths of the continent.
For a long time the waterfall remained practically without any visitors, until the construction of the railroad in 1905. Nowadays, this place is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Locals from both Zambia and Zimbabwe have lost their fears of the "Smoke That Thunders" and they have successfully developed tourist business on both sides of the river.
Curiously, during the dry season that lasts approximately from September to December, water level in Zambezi river falls, and one can walk through the most part of the waterfall, jumping between the streams that are running down. However, at all other times, Victoria is a roaring machine, the power of which leaves an unforgettable impression.
One of the peculiar ways of entertainment at Victoria, hardly known to the mainstream tourists - is a natural pool, about ten meters wide, located right next to the cliff, next to the Livingstone's island. Just a narrow strip separates it from the deep precipice. No wonder that his place was called "Devil's Pool".
After getting into this pool the swimmer can feel how tons and tons of swirling water plummet nearby. This pool is closed during the high-water season, as the swimmers can be dragged by the current into the precipice, so the tours to this pool only start in autumn.
Photos taken from http://exfun.ru
Victoria is not the tallest waterfall in the world (how could its 100-meter height compare with a 979-meter tall Angel in Venezuela). However, bungee jumping from "Victoria Falls" bridge is a very popular activity here. Anyone wishing to try bungee jumping is tied by the elastic cords, and then he or she plummets downwards, experiencing the thrill of the free-falling for just a few seconds. The cord stretches near the water, bounces back and about a dozen of times, and afterwards the jumper is brought up.
However, the safest way to admire the waterfall would be from the height of the bird's flight, which we offer you here.
Photography by Dmitriy Moiseenko
xxxxxxxxxxxx yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, Belgium
"Que de souvenirs janvier 2008, merci aussi а Onair Helicopters en Zambie pour nous avoir fait survoler les chutes. Merci а vous pour ces photos."
PERONNEAU michel, France
Taнs Pereira, Brazil
"Wonderful photography! I grew up in Zambia and last visited in 1997 at the end of the dry season. We were able to walk along the edge of the falls from the Zambian side to Livingstone Island. Your panorama brings back the experience of a lifetime. Also, great views of the Victoria Falls bridge and the many downstream gorges where whitewater rafting is done."
Alan Chattaway, Canada
"your photos is very good!"
chen yang, China
"merci de me permettre de revoir ce superbe coin de notre planиte, tant de souvenirs , juste extraordinaire, merci а tous"
chantal lambert, France
"I visited Victoria falls in the summer of 1997 with my family. The scenery is better to be imagine than to describe. It was really breath taking especially the Zambian border side of it where you can actually come face to face with the falls . Yes it is one of the seven wonders of the world.p"
Gloria Smith, United Kingdom
heather bradley, Canada
"a must watch for all geography and history teachers and parents should expose their children to things like this and not half the ROT that is there on the net. Let us start to learn to appreciate the beauty of our world and try to save it for our future generations also."
Revaz Martin, India
"I now want to go to Zambia-Zimbabwe to see another of God's creation"
Loyle Herdsman, Jamaica
"Victoria Falls town is in Zimbabwe and the falls themselves are shared by the two countries.To truly appreciate the falls, they MUST be viewed from both sides where they can be seen from different perspectives especially the Knife Edge Bridge on the Zambian side."
Samuel Shankang, Zambia
"Really great shot - beautiful photo. In the 1989/1990 years I spent on the contract in NCZ Kafue in the Zambia and I had opportunity to tour Kariba Dam and Victoria Falls. The greeting from the Poland."
Bogdan Polit, Poland
"I IMAGINE THIS TO BE HOW OUR GRAND CANYON WAS FORMED---YES?"
SAL RICHMOND, USA
"I am grateful to all those sho made this report, for allowing to visit such wonders without all the inconveniences of international air travel! And of course, I praise the Creator of this unforgettable showpiece."
Francis De Pauw, Belgium
"I am grateful to"
Francis De Pauw, Belgium
"Awesome views,what an incredible planet we have. Lets keep it that way for our children to see. Dale Amyotte Canada"
Dale Amyotte, Canada
"Superbes panoramas vous nous faites voyager depuis notre domicile. Merci pour tous ceux qui ne peuvent voir toutes ces merveilles de la avoir publiйes."
martine kurtz, France
"Wij zijn er geweest op een moment dat er bijna geen water was, er viel wel water maar het mocht de naam waterval bijna niet hebben. Wij hebben toen samen met Bep en Jaap van Barneveld een helikopter vlucht boven het gebied gemaakt dat was wel fantastisch"
Rikie en benny oltwater, Netherlands
"It was very interesting for me. Thanks for the importance of the natural environment"
mohammad beygi, Iran
"thanks for reminding me of the incredible beauty that i have to visit"
mirjana hrovat, Croatia
"Absolutely stunning! Great job."
Maria Pinto, India
Helder Vitoriano, Brazil
"wooooow.....GOD, thanks I can see your amazing creation anymore... thanks GOD.."
yopy rungkut, Indonesia
"ooooooooooh! what a wonderful world, thank you"
bill wayne, United Kingdom
"What a fantastic creation."
farooque qazi, India
Mohamad amin Mohamadi, Iran
"These are really a must see!!"
Omar A Aziz, Malaysia
"wah! fantastick, amazing, salute to the man who captured in his camera and placed before the world."
rajkumar brahmbhatt, India
"No words! AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!"
VIRENDRA GUJRATY, India
Gabriel Leicht, Israel
"Dit is buitengewoon mooi en leerrijk"
Lou Schaffler, Belgium
debora Tioso, Indonesia
"Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe not Zambia."
Evaristo Wamuka, Zimbabwe
"Thanks soo much for these great gifts"
Phung Nguyen, Vietnam
"May God bless you for creating a such world class photography, on a amazingly beautifull place, thanks for a wonderfull entertainment."
Noshirwan Bharucha, Iran
selim atamer, Turkey
arvin estakhr, Iran
Christos Floros, Greece
Kasey Diba, USA
Neptune Tehrani, Iran
"ivisited in 1967=68 when i worked in luanshya i thought it was amazeing"
paul barry, Ireland
dumitru burlacu, Antarctica
"its amazing, breath taking,oh!! we don't have words to express , we enjoyed almost all !! my wife sujaya and me were in UNITED STATES,including bahamas CANADA LAST YEAR (28days), in 2009 we travelled through whole of europe!! (28days),the speciality is when u have visited those places !it will be a real thrill !!"
vellore shanmugam shiva kumar, India
sh b, Iran
"it is amasing i feel that i visited there"
chandrupatla satyanarayanreddy, India
"A nice tour-virtually with all by me to enjoy our lovely nature.................... carry on......................."
SHYAMOLI MAZUMDER, Bangladesh
"I was btought up in Livingstone and used to swimm with my mates in the Devils Pool in 1947."
clive goodrich, United Kingdom
"ilike to see word"
MANJU VORA, India
"Loved this video WE went to Zambia last year and stayed at a beautiful hotel near rhte falls . It was so spectacular and this brought back lovely memories of flying over the falls in a helicopter. Zikomo"
Cynthia McRae, Canada
Abias Huongo, Angola