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  • Writer's pictureChukwuebuka Ilozumba

THOUGHTS FROM ZAMBIA 02 – TFZ02: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

MOSI-OA-TUNYA FALLS


With over 8,000 waterfalls in the world, the Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls aka Victoria Falls is not just hype. What it lacks in height, it makes up for in width with a span of 1.7km stretching across the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls
Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls in August

Fed by the far-travelled and travelling Zambezi River, the Falls draws one to the true meaning of its local(actual) name; the smoke that thunders.

The Journey of Zambezi River
Zambezi River Travel Path

Nourishing river banks along its way, the fall constantly generates mist and vapour which steadily maintains a green ecosystem within its vicinity. Home to various animals casually parading the landscape and fishes in both shallow and deep parts of the river, the ecosystem around the fall is bursting with life.

This life and joy at God’s creation are what you encounter at Mosi Tunya Fall.


While we sparingly sight rainbows in West Africa, rainbows at the falls are constant as long as the sun is shining. This makes the morning periods the best time to visit and savour it all in.




Rainbow View Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls
Rainbow Arc at Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls
The Smoke That Thunders / Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls
The Smoke That Thunders

The best season to visit also varies based on how you want it. In the rainy season, the fall is heavy and extends like a curtain, shielding your views from the rocks behind and the vapour around it is quite much that you would need a raincoat if you don’t want to get wet. Whereas in the dry season, you get to see the rocky cross-sections and the depth/base of the fall.

I hear the best view is on the Zim side but I was thoroughly satisfied with my view on the Zam side.

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls Site Model
Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls Site Model

If you are wondering why it is known by Victoria Falls and not Mosi Tunya, remember the Mungo Park and River Niger story. Yeah, something like that. Safe to say, Zambia Tourism is in good hands. What else could Livingstone be hiding?





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