Victoria's Gold

Having seen huge waterfalls before in Iceland, we thought we would know a waterfall when we see one. But there is nothing like Victoria's Gold....

Boy, were we in for a treat....

Situated on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the waters of the Zambezi river plunge vertically in to a 100 meters (354 ft) deep but only 50 to 70 (+ 60 ft) meters wide gorge, an eroded fissure in the basalt plateau that forms the shallow valley of the upper Zambezi. The total width of the falls can reach up to 1708 meters (5,604 ft) and the enormous volume of water tumbling down makes it the largest waterfall in the world. And it was just plain stunning....

Although the water level wasn’t that high - the dry season was coming to an end -  the sheer amount of water roaring down, throwing up clouds of spray, thundering like a freight train passing by, makes it a most imposing and overwhelming scenery. Imagine the effect it must have after the rainy season, when the whole width is just one great continuous waterfall (though somewhat less perfect for photography from a practical point of view due to the spray).

In the evening best you can do is wait as long as possible, trying to get the softest light, get the last rays of sun, just before sunset, and just before the guards remind you of closing time. But waiting pays off....On the way back to the gate, looking back for the last time at the majestical Victoria falls, the sun turned some rocks into gold, and we let our sensor capture it...

We visited both the Zambian and the Zimbabwe site, concentrating on evening as well as morning light. Officially the falls can be visited from 6 am until 6 pm. This means you have to be at the gate from the moment it opens, get through the red tape, and run to the edge of the gorge, set up your tripod just in time to catch the red sun rising above the falls. A view that can only be seen from the Zimbabwe side.