Have The Falls REALLY Dried Up? Definitely NOT!

Recent media reports have suggested that the Falls have dried up leading to possible disappointing experiences for tourists visiting the destination.

Our colleague Renier Friis (General Manager: Procurement and Product Development) has recently returned to the office after a week spent in Zimbabwe and he shared the following incredible shots with us, dispelling any concerns that the guest experience will be anything less than INCREDIBLE.

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Our partner Wild Horizons based in Zimbabwe shared a post on social media stating the following.  ‘... Not only has the Victoria Falls never dried up but last year it was the highest it has been since 2010.’

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Image courtesy of Wild Horizons – The Falls January to December 2019

They further added, ‘Every year we chart the water levels in a graph using data provided by the Zambezi River Authority, who assess water levels through a hydrometric network comprising of thirteen stations. As you can see, seasonally there are drop offs in the dry season and rises in the wet season, this is nothing new or concerning, it is a natural fluctuation. More so, apart from this year, the river level has been above the normal average for the past five years.

 

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Image courtesy of Wild Horizons

 

In short, the current water levels are part of a completely normal phenomenon and the river is reportedly on the rise.

According to the Zambezi River Authority, which records water levels daily, flows at Victoria Falls are once again on the rise.

Hotels and lodges are not experiencing any water rationing.  The guest experience is still as superb as ever!

Watch the short video below.  How incredibly powerful is this?!

 

Did you know that the Zambian side of The Falls dry up EVERY year during October and November?

Victoria Falls is shared by two countries, Zambia in the North and Zimbabwe in the South.  Each experience is unique and if possible, have your guests visit BOTH sides of the Falls.  The Zimbabwe side has more view points including Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls.  The Zambian side offers an option to walk across the Knife-Edge Bridge.

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Crossing between the countries takes you over the Victoria Falls Bridge (seen below) and takes approximately 20 minutes to cross.

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Opt for a walk over the bridge via the pedestrian walkway or for the more brave, walk UNDER the bridge on our Historical Bridge Tour.

The Victoria Falls Bridge lies in no man’s land between the Zimbabwean and Zambian Boarder Posts.  A theatrical and entertaining presentation is done on the history of the Bridge by a local actor who plays the part of Georges Imbault, the Chief Construction Engineer who oversaw the building of the Bridge.
After the Presentation, the walk under the bridge is an exciting option!  A safety demonstration and a safety training is provided to ensure guest safety and for those scared of heights, a walk across the top of the Bridge along the pedestrian walkway can be taken.
Upon returning from the bridge, guests can take an optional guided walk around the Visitors Centre with a guide.

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We are here to assist with any other questions or queries you or your guests might have.

Contact a Thompsons Africa consultant today.

Email: info@thompsonsafrica.co.za

Tel: +27 31 275 3500

https://www.thompsonsafrica.com/about/contact-us

 

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