Mosi - O - Tunya. ....Smoke that thunders
Dr. Livingstone was one of the first white men to see Mosi - O - Tunya.
Livingstone came accross the falls with his faithfull bearers in 1855 . He named it Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria. An article was published in the New York times, that Stanley wrote re how Livingstone had expressed what he felt when first seeing the falls.......
...Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in flight. The whole scene was extremely beautiful. The banks, the Islands dotted over the river are adorned with Sylvan vegetation of great variety of colour and form.
I cannot explain it better than these gracious words that Dr. Livingstone wrote.
Victoria Falls:- I remember my first time visiting the falls. I was petrified at the sight of such a wonder before my very eyes . it's just overwhelming and unbelievably magnificent in every way. A glorious sight to behold. feeling the wet spray booming up from the depths below and wetting us all, and descending the steps to plateau's below,and the colourful giant rainbows reaching out from one side to the other.
We visited the falls a couple of times after our first visit, and it never ceased to take my breath away. It was a fascinating trip driving away from home for a couple of days. Always during school holidays. Fun time.
In the 50's , we drove on dirt roads , it was about a 13 hour drive, but always so exciting. We would see Giraffe and Gazelle's and springbok and all kinds of wild animals along the way.(you possibly might think me exagerating , If I wrote.. Lions ,Rhino and Elephant too) The roads back then were nothing like it is today with modern highways. It was true Africa at its best. Often there around some curve would be an elephant in the middle of the dirt track.
I am sure that many of you out there have possibly been to Africa and experiened such wonders as I have. with many tales to tell of your own.
I would like to share a few more of mine with you in this post , and hope that you enjoy your journey.
Its around 274 miles to Victoria Falls from Salisbury --(Harare). We would always drive in the low season, when the river beds were easily passable. Otherwise there was no getting back home if the trip wasn't timed correctly, we could get caught in the fast flowing tides of the Zambezi. We would always stop in Bulawayo -known as ..The city of Kings.
I loved Bulawayo.. It has a charm about it different than Harare.
We would stop and stay at Mrs. Brown's B & B..She had about 6 rooms, it was like home from home. Oh gosh, how I remember those wonderful carefree days. My parents and our friends Mr and Mrs S and their son Graham..would always go along on the trips with us. We would be sitting on Mrs Brown's verandah, Mrs's Brown included, always wearing her her big raffia sun hat. Other guests would join us sundowners, myself and graham with lemonade. Everyone talking and exchanging stories about what we had seen along the way. We would often just drove to Mrs's Browns.. for a weekend, it became a sort of "family thing". Lots of African stories were told on Mrs's Brown's verandah.
It is twice the height of ...Niagra falls. It flows through 5 countries .. Eastern Angola,Eastern part of Namibia, the northern border of Botswana . Then along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe through to Moçambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.
Elephants are vegan.. they only eat plants.. amongst their dung is left a smooth round seed, pretty large. Its from the marula tree..they love it. Maybe some of you have drank the Amarula liquer!.. in those days it was unheard of. now everyone wants to drink it.
We used to pick up those seeds ,wash them and make a necklace. I had mine for years. got lost along the way.
Dear Blogging friends. I could go on and on.. I decide to end here with part ll . As I do not want to bore you all with my African travels.. I hope that you enjoyed this story about Mosi - O - Tunya and the Zambezi basin. Also the wonderful video clip of Mr. White the fisherman of the Zambezi river.
Happy Monday to you all.