Not that long ago we shared a story reassuring concerned people across the world that The Falls had NOT dried up as had been shared by some media reports. Now this month, in a stunning display, The Victoria Falls has reached its highest flow in a decade!
Zambezi River Authority public relations and communications manager Elizabeth Karonga said the high water levels were due to a significant increase in both rainfall and run-off in the catchment area upstream of Victoria Falls during the current rainfall season.
Authority data shows four times more water is now flowing over the world’s largest waterfall than at this time last year. On April 20, 3,922 cubic metres per second was recorded compared to 1,007 cubic metres per second on April 20, 2019.
In an ironic twist of fate, no one is able to witness this incredible spectacle. With a worldwide lockdown, The Victoria Falls rainforest is closed to guests.
Said Ross Kennedy of Africa Albida Tourism, our friend and partner in the industry, ‘It has been quite some time since anyone witnessed the majesty and intensity of this level of water flowing over the Victoria Falls, with the last period of such floods being ten years ago.
What a sad and disappointing irony it is, that at this time that one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is at its absolute finest, the world is in lockdown and very few if any will get to witness or experience this iconic destination in all its splendour.’
‘But, of course, nature being what it is, Victoria Falls will flood again and will be there to impress, enthrall and excite many millions of tourists in the decades ahead’, he added.
The Victoria Falls is expected to continue to rise in coming weeks and peak at the end of May this year.
Africa Albida Tourism shared this incredible drone footage of The Falls. We wish we could be there!