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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Falling into Air

Written by Antoinette Marie
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My last trip to the beach for the season has gone and past and yet I still have the itch to get back into the water, any water to keep hold of summer. I’ll even settle for a pool or to be extreme one of the world’s largest waterfalls.  Okay so I can’t go swimming in the waterfall but I can go bungee jumping.

Nestled in the mountains of Africa is Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River; waterfall that reaches into the sky and is ready for anyone who dares plunge off of it. While it isn’t the highest waterfall or the widest it is the largest in the world. Its width is over 5,000 ft. and its height is over 300 ft.  Imagine a place like Niagara Falls and double its size.

The idea of bungee jumping off Victoria Falls is exciting and frightening all at the same time. Too much of a free fall, instead of free flying through the air you might opt to take a zip line across the falls instead. This can be just as exhilarating. Along the edge of the falls is the Devil’s Pool. You can relax in the pool and look over the lip to see the water splashing below. Is it dangerous? A little. However, there is a rock formation to keep you from going over the edge. Maybe bungee jumping isn’t so bad after all. Not feeling the need to be one with the air, there are always elephant safaris, fly fishing, white water rafting and my personal favorite walking with lions. Not just any lions where you’re in a vehicle somewhat safe and watching with binoculars. These lions happen to be unleashed without collars walking right beside you. The lions are being released back into the jungle and you’re able to be part of this wonderful experience. The activities are limitless at the falls, there is even mountain biking through the cliffs and microlight flights. No matter what your fear level is, Victoria Falls will test it. 

Depending on what season you travel here will depend on what you can and cannot do. If you go during the early months of the year you will see the falls in full glory. Only to be experienced by aerial view if you want to be able to take in the magnitude of its beauty. As the months proceed the falls will become less and less. By November the falls will be all but gone and you will be able to see the cliffs without the falls spilling over them as well as take a raft to the bottom of the falls. If you’re like me and already miss the summer feel of being free maybe I’ll see you sailing through the sky with only a cord flying behind you.

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