Zambia - Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Despite it’s hard to pronounce name this park has something very special up its sleeve. That awe-inspiring wonder of the world: The Victoria Falls. Located about midway along the course of the Zambezi River, at the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. Approximately twice as wide and twice as deep as Niagara Falls, the waterfall spans the entire breadth of the Zambezi River at one of its widest points (more than 5, 500 feet 1, 700 metres
). At the falls, the river plunges over a sheer to a maximum drop of 355 feet (108 metres)As far as natural spectacles go, this is one of the best in Africa. Mosi-oa-tunya can be literally translated as ' the smoke that thunders' .
And thunder it does, so much so that the spray from the water crashing over the edge into the gorge below is enough to drench you to the bone as you go closer. The water travels onwards into a frothing maelstrom known aptly as the ' boiling pot' before breaking into numerous rapids as it makes it way underneath the Victoria falls bridge which connects Zimbabwe and Zambia and then farther along into Batoka Gorge.
The park comprises the falls and a small strip of land 66 kilometers long on the North bank of the Zambesi which is worth a short visit to see what are probably Zambia' s only remaining rhino (the rest have been poached into extinction). You might also see a small scattering of baboon, elephant, sable, giraffe, eland buffalo and impala.
This is the largest national park in Zambia and is situated in the western part of the country.
The Kafue river provides the life-giving sustenance to a vast number of antelope species like the red lechwe in their thousands, hartebeest, oribi, duker, sable, roan, puka and waterbuck to name a few and the whole rouges gallery of predators are accounted for here too. The only animal that you won' t find on a Zambia safari here is the giraffe.
It is advisable to go further north to the Basenga floodplain because game spotting is much better there due to thick woodlands obscuring views in the south. This floodplain sometimes retreats in the dry season trapping hapless hippo and crocodile in an ever shrinking mudbath.
Some of the roads in the park are not in good condition and are only drivable using a 4x4 vehicle and most of the safari lodges and accommodation is in the North.
With over 400 bird species recorded such as the wattled crane, goliath herons and purple crested lourie birders will have a ball here and budding fisherman can get tackle and rods from the lodges to land fresh water pike, barbel and bream
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