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Livingstone named the falls after the British Queen Victoria and was enchanted by "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The "Flight of the Angels flight over the falls, took their name from this entry in his diary. When Farmor & Farfar was in Rhodeisa we wnet on the flight and have some photos on this page from the event.
The Victoria Falls is situated on the border of Rhodesia and Zambia - and occurs where the powerful Zambezi River plunges down a series of gorges in a breathtaking display of several waterfalls. Mist from the waterfalls can be seen more than 20 kilometres away and the thundering roar can be heard long before the falls can be seen. When the river is in flood, the falls are the largest curtain of falling water in the world Between 20 000 and 500 000 cubic metres of water a minute crash into the Batoka Gorge. The spray from the thundering water is partly responsible for sustaining the "rainforest" opposite the falls.
The trip from Bulawayo was about 3 hours passing Wankie Colleries on the way. The actual distance was app. 258 kilometers. After 1973 when we had petrol rationing it became a problem to save enough gas for a trip. Luckily all our friends "pooled" their rationing coupons when they went on holiday or got some extras. We were lucky that our friend Melvin worked for Immigration and got a fair amount of unused rationing coupons from tourists leaving Rhodesia.
When the Zambezi is in full flood (usually February or March) they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. During these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the falls, which are 1708m wide, and drop 99m at Rainbow Falls in Zambia.
At low water in November the flow can be reduced to around 10 million litres/minute, and the river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls. Below the falls the river enters a narrow series of gorges which represent locations successively occupied by the falls earlier in their history.
Victoria Falls Hotel
For almost 100 years, visiting members of Royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have preferred to stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel. So have the Hansen family who celebrated christmas here in 1973.
Meikles Rainbow Hotel
We stayed here quite a few times, there are a few photos on this page from this hotel. It was damaged by mortar fire during the last stages of the "war" and apparently never rebuild.
LINKS TO PHOTO'S
Photos from Bulawayo
Here you will find photos from our time in Bulawayo.
Photos of Wildlife
Elephants and "tigers" which Mike saw a lot of and other wildlife that we encountered during our travels around Rhodesia.
Photos of People and Places
From the Eastern Highlands, Kariba and Umtali to Plumtree, Serowe (Botswana) and Durban (RSA). Trip from Capetown to Southhampton with Pendennis Castle 1976.