Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe: Peeing Rainbows
Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. It is an interesting town for the fact that there are warthogs running through the street like stray dogs. There are elephants that come to town in the night to eat because the watered grass is better in town. That is pretty cool…
The sun came out so I went to Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.
It was $30 to get in which is $10 more than the Zambian side and it is decidedly the much more developed side. That extra $10 seems to have gone a long way…
The falls were relatively clear to see in parts. It was much better viewing than yesterday in Zambia. The falls are enchanting, relaxing, and will make you forget about everything you have been thinking about. They are nearly meditative to look at. It is a roaring curtain of water….
Here are some bits of information I found Victoria Falls:
Height Width Average Volume
Niagara Falls 51 m (167’) 1,203 m (3,946’) 2,407 m²/s (85,002 ft²/s)
Iguaçu Falls 82 m (269’) 2,700 m (8,858’) 1,746 m²/s (61,669 ft²/s)
Victoria Falls 107 m (351’) 1,737 m (5,698’) 1,100 m²/s (38,846 ft²/s)
There are three different ways to measure a waterfall: by height, by width, and by volume. In terms of height, at 107 m, the Victoria Falls does not feature in the top 800 waterfalls around the world, but it is the 10th largest by width and 13th largest by volume. If you combine these factors there are three large waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls, Iguaçu Falls, and Victoria Falls.
Niagara Falls is significantly smaller than the other two and although on paper Iguaçu is larger it is a multi-tiered waterfall that is broken into 270 separate falls. It us a subjective opinion, but if you are liking for the highest, widest sheer of continually falling water, then the Main Fall of the Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world.
During peak flood (April/May) that annual water consumption of the city of New York goes over Victoria Falls in just 3½ days!
The falls were great and there were warthogs running around which was also super cool. The power of the water made for amazing and vibrant rainbow prisms. I came up with an idea… But, I could not do it alone and no one came around for at least five minutes. Well, for sure the highlight of the day was finding a couple to assist me. They were the first people to come walking down the path.
I asked them, “Hey, do you two have a couple of minutes to help me out with something?” They looked skeptical but they said they would.
I told them, “Well, there is a really crazy rainbow into the falls. I would like to make it look like I am pissing that rainbow into the falls but I need someone to take the photo.” Well, a line like that will make you new friends very quickly and they could not wait to help out.
It was raining hard, and the drops got on my lens, but I feel like it turned out pretty well considering!
So, that was kind of the highlight. Instead of talking, I will put the photos up to do the work for me.
I left the falls and walked back into town. The Shoestring Hostel decided to have a crazy party and the DJ played killer rock music all night. Green Day, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Blink-182. It was a blast!
I sat at the table to write this article, rocking out the whole time! When I finished my article, I went to join the rock show at the bar. The DJ Rodney and I were really musically in tune with each other. Our rock show moved on the Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles and four or five of us danced through the night. At one point during a flurry of air guitar, Rodney and I were back to back, leaning against each other, playing imaginary guitar riffs along with Jimi Hendrix like we were on stage. The night was so much fun….
Today was by far a much better waterfall day! Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe!
(For the story on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, click me!)