Mosi-oa-Tunya: the smoke that thunders

Victoria Falls

Happy Friday, folks – with another #frifotos-inspired post. The theme is fall, interpretation is wide open. And fall, of course, is much more than the American word for autumn. I’m in a splashing mood today, so I’ll choose one of my favourite features of nature, a waterfall.

And not just any waterfall, but the world’s largest: Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. Did you know waterfalls are classified by type? Not so surprising perhaps. Wiki lists 10 different types and Victoria Falls belong in the cataract category; the large, powerful waterfalls. Sprays from here can be seen a whopping 50 kilometres away on the Bulawayo Road.

I wish I had better photos to show you, dear reader. But there it is. This is one of my recollective posts, so we’ll have to settle for these scanned prints from the pre-digital era.

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s best-known waterfalls, forming part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, a very exciting part of the world. More facts?
Victoria Falls

Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

Victoria Falls was named in honour of the famous queen, by explorer David Livingstone, probably the first European to see this spectacle of nature. He was awed.

Livingstone statue, Victoria Falls

No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.

… and by thousands of Africans through the centuries, no doubt. Mosi-oa-Tunya is the indigenous name for this mighty force of nature, the smoke that thunders. A much more descriptive name of the world’s largest waterfall, don’t you think?

Victoria Falls


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Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.


20 Responses to “Mosi-oa-Tunya: the smoke that thunders”

  1. Renuka 18 October 2013 2049 #

    That’s truly amazing! I had heard of Victoria Falls, but never really cared to see its pictures. So here they are… nicely captured by you. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1916 #

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Aktar 19 October 2013 0850 #

    Fabulous water fall. Yes it really looks like smoke……… It’s so beautiful.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1917 #

      Even more gorgeous live. 🙂

  3. Mette 19 October 2013 1120 #

    It does look powerful. And I like the gaze of angles in flight.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1917 #

      I do too 🙂

  4. Corinne 19 October 2013 1725 #

    Love Victoria Falls. I only went to the Zambian side. Gorgeous!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1919 #

      The Zambian side had the most beautiful view when I was there. Suppose that might change with seasons, though.

  5. Muza-chan 21 October 2013 0732 #


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1920 #

      Beautiful nature.

  6. Maria 21 October 2013 1943 #

    The falls are stunning. I could swear that I can hear the roar of the water from here.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1921 #


  7. Gabriel 21 October 2013 2159 #

    Hmmm, what was I doing 150 million years ago =P.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1921 #

      Probably the same thing I was doing 🙂

  8. Arianwen 22 October 2013 0509 #

    Looks amazing! After seeing Iguazu at new year, I’m not sure any other falls could meet my expectations, but if any might come close, it would be Victoria and Angel Falls. I hope to see them both one day!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1922 #

      Ah, yes. I loved Iguazu. Angel Falls – on my list.

  9. Marcia 22 October 2013 1443 #

    Vic Falls is definitely impressive. We were there a few years ago, would see it again in a heartbeat!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 October 2013 1922 #

      So would I, Marcia. So would I.

  10. Mary @ Green Global Travel 14 November 2013 0306 #

    These are gorgeous images of some truly stunning falls! Thank you for the extra inspiration to get there and see this extraordinary sight in person!

  11. Frank 20 November 2013 0011 #

    Hi Sophie,
    I love Victoria Falls – lived in Zambia as a kid. Here’s another photo, this one taken in 1987:
    Nice blog!

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