Victoria Falls water force


Aug 6th, 2005, 11:51 AM
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Victoria Falls water force

I understand there are certain times of year when the Falls are more spectacular. Can someone tell me when? And is it a disappointment if you don't go when they are at their "peak"?
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Aug 6th, 2005, 03:07 PM
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During the months of March - May the Falls are usually at full force. These are so strong that you can hear them from more then a mile away. However, because of the full force and the mist, you don't see much of anything but the mist and mist and mist. You have to wear raincoats which are provided (for a small fee). It's difficult if at all possible to use your camera for fear of water damage. Even with the rain coats you leave the area wet, wet, wet.

We visited in November, when the water is at relatively low flow and while there is some mist rising, we found this was perfect time. We were actually able to see what the entire area looks like, how the water flows and from where. It was easy to stop at the various viewing points to take photos... tough you still have to protect your camera under your clothing (t-shirt). There were even areas at the Zambia side were there was little water flow. And because of the flow of water (or lack of) we were also able to see right down to the bottom of the crevice. It was very hot and humid at this time, but we were able to walk without raincoats or any covering. We felt this was ideal for us.

But like weather anywhere, there are no guarantees from year-to-year the exact timing of the rains that cause the full force of the Falls... but figure during the above "green season" months.
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Aug 6th, 2005, 03:12 PM
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We went to the Falls in mid August and thought it was spectacular even though I was not anticipating being so impressed with a waterfall. We still got quite wet walking around and the helicopter ride over the falls and surrounding area is a must!
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