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Where in the World is this Picture? August, 2017

This photo isn't playing tricks on your eye. People really do take a dip in the natural pool at the top of this world-famous, record-breaking falls.

It's the largest falls in the world 1708 meters (5604 feet) across and 108 meters (354 feet) high. It's not the highest or the widest falls, but that combination results in a sheet of falling water unmatched in size by any other falls. It's still double the height of Niagara Falls.

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Named Victoria Falls for the Queen by Scottish explorer David Livingstone when he first came across it in 1855, it's called Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders – in local Tonga dialect.

The First Gorge, Zambian Side. Photo Credit

Upstream from the falls, the Zambezi River flows across a wide, flat plateau with no hills or mountains to channel the flow of water. So the entire 5600-foot width of the river drops over the edge of a fracture in the landscape, falling into the gorge below, and flowing through the chasm in a zig-zag series of gorges that form the border between the two countries in southern Africa.

Photo Credit

Both issue visas to allow tourists to cross back and forth across the border to see the falls from both vantage points. A million international and local visitors a year come to see the falls and there are concerns about development and environmental management endangering the site.

The Second Gorge (with bridge) and Third Gorge. Photo Credit

And as for the top picture? Victoria Falls has a famous natural feature on the Zambian side, an 'armchair' called the 'Devil's Pool' near the edge. When the water is at a certain level, a rock barrier reduces the current in that spot to relative calm. Daredevil adventure-seekers risk death to swim only a few feet away from that 350-foot drop.

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You may think that the only thing that could be done in Africa is to go on a safari, but you’d surely be surprised with the innumerable types of activities that could be done all over this continent.
 
You could opt to traverse the savanna via a colonial-era railway, join a Tuareg caravan into the Sahara, kayak through the Nile River using a pirogue, welcome the culture in pygmy villages or venture into the forest to spot a great selection of wildlife.
 
Witness a similar journey undertaken by Tom Smitheringale in a video uploaded by Dave Brosha, who shares, 
 
 
This 3 month journey begins in the middle of the Nubian Desert on the Sudanese/Egyptian border at the historic World Heritage site of Abu Simbel. From here Tom will kayak the length of the Nile to the Great Pyramids of Cairo visiting all the 'must-see' cultural and historic sites along its riverbanks. The expedition then restarts in Upper Egypt at the historic City of Luxor where Tom will rendezvous with his camels and Bedouin guides before heading into the shifting sand dunes of the Western Desert where traditional lifestyles have remained unchanged for centuries. The team will trek an ancient caravan route through the desert visiting a network of Oasis on their way finishing the 1,300km journey close to the Libyan border at the Eden of the Western Desert, Siwa Oasis.
 

Give in to your thirst for an adventurous trip and start planning your African itinerary today!