Saturday 4 October Johannesburg to Livingstone and Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast, we were collected from our hotel and taken to the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport for our 10.40am flight to Livingstone arriving at 12.30pm. Livingstone was named after David Livingstone, the British explorer who was the first European to explore the area. After our somewhat lengthy process to get our entry into Zambia approved, our group was picked up from the airport in two mini buses and taken on the 20 minute drive to our hotel, the Royal Livingstone, which is on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The hotel stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River, just a short walk to the entrance of The Victoria Falls.
After checking in, we were taken to our rooms and in front of our room, there were three zebras grazing on the grass!! After settling in to our room, which has a private verandah with table and chairs and overlooks the Zambezi River, we went for a wander around the very spacious grounds in the sunshine and very warm weather.
At 4.00pm, we met Delia and the others for a 10 minute walk to the Victoria Falls. While Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya “the Smoke that Thunders”, is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1708 metres and height of 108 metres, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water during the wet season. Victoria Falls is approximately twice the height of Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of Horseshoe Falls. In the wet season, Victoria Falls has an average Flow Rate of 1,088 cubic metres per second. The roaring spray from the falls rises to a height of over 400 metres and sometimes even twice as high and is visible from up to 48 kilometres away.
As we are visiting the falls at the end of their dry season, there isn’t the volume of water coming down the river and so, while there were some impressive waterfalls, the whole 1708 metres of cliff face was not covered in cascading water as it would be in the wet season. We were a little disappointed that the falls were not as spectacular as we thought they would be. At the Main Falls, the water was powering over the cliff and we saw the mist rising high above the falls, so we certainly could see how stunning it would be in the wet season. The falls we saw today were the Rainbow Falls, Armchair Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Main Falls. As part of the walk along the Zambia side of the river, we needed to go down many steps cut into the rock face and there were lots of lookout sections along the opposite side to the actual falls. We also walked over a bridge that was suspended high above the river below, which is called the Lower Zambezi River.
We arrived back at the hotel at about 5.45pm, just in time to see the sun setting over the Zambezi River just outside our room.
We had a lovely group dinner here at the Royal Livingstone Hotel out on the Restaurant deck – it has been quite warm here today, so it was very pleasant sitting there with a soft breeze blowing in off the river. The food was delicious and the company was good, with lots of fun and laughter.

One Response to “Saturday 4 October Johannesburg to Livingstone and Victoria Falls”

  1. Janet says:

    Loving all the photos but I especially love the zebras right outside your room!!

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