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Hélène and Cees, Zimbabwe 02-01-1994

Livingstone, Zambia

Hélène I and made this flight on 02-01-1994, from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The so-called Flight of Angels takes you on an aerial sight-seeing trip of the Victoria Falls. After a casual check that everyone’s seat belts are fastened, the six seater Piper takes off. Views of the Falls defy description in words, and I cannot even begin to try.

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.

The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s.

The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation. The Falls are spectacular throughout the year, but February onwards, after the rain season, has the heaviest flow and volume of spray. A number of activities can be undertaken.

The ‘Flight of Angels’ provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands and for the more adventurous there is microlighting with stunning views of the Fall.

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