Thousands of tourists from around the globe continue to trek the majestic Victoria Falls with a sole mission to view the legendary waterfall which was declared the World Heritage Site in 1989.
From the time the kololo tribe set their eyes on the natural wonder centuries ago to David Livingstone’s encounter of the waterfall, the Mosi-oa-Tunya continues to give visitors the adrenalin rush experience.
In trying to capture the beauty of the spectacular waterfall, Scottish missionary David Livingstone made the famous statement, “scenes so lovely that they must have been gazed on by angels in their flight”. It was an attempt to describe the unique wonder. However, all superlatives used to-date in capturing the landmark have failed to do justice to the legendary waterfall.
To understand the formation of the waterfall which was described by the kololo people as the Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning the smoke that thunders, one has to appreciate the underlying geology and the ancient tectonic processes that transpired millions of years ago.
The breathtaking waterfall is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River’s 2700 km journey from its source to the sea.
At the height of the rainy season, more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge into a gorge 100 meters below.
Before the commercialisation of the waterfall, the area was a sacred site for the Batoka and other local tribes. The sprays from waterfall are believed to have been used for cleansing purpose. The falls also represented a place to reflect on the mystical nature of life.
The waterfall is an enticing destination for many adventure seekers and sightseers. Most of the visitors say they feel privileged to witness the spectacular and jaw-dropping sight.
For locals and Africans, the legendary waterfall is a source of pride.
Those who have stood before the might torrent on several occasions say one cannot have enough of the natural wonder and that each visit brings with it a different feeling.