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Victoria Falls - The Smoke that Thunders

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In the local language, Victoria Falls is known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, translating as 'the smoke that thunders'. Few natural wonders can match the spectacle as the mighty Zambezi takes a sharp plunge into the abyss some 400 metres below. During the rainy season between March and May, the misty spray from the Falls rises in a thunderous display to more than 800 metres, that can be viewed from as far as 45 kilometres. Not surprisingly, the largest curtain of falling water on earth is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is acknowledged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The spectacle continues even at night, when during full moon, a "moonbow" rises from the spray to create an unearthly, surreal ambience. So abundant is the display of nature's raw power at Victoria Falls, that it prompted David Livingstone to exclaim in 1855, "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". In a salute to the great explorer, the "must-do" helicopter ride over the Falls is christened "Flight of Angels". Apart from this unique phenomenon, Victoria Falls is also known for the famous sunset cruise on the Zambezi, close encounter with big game in their natural environment, and a once-in-a-lifetime walk with unchained lions.
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