Landolia, a World of Photos
Latest Photos of the World in RSS feed
Sign In

Zimbabwe

In The News

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 04, 2009 at 17:48:58

Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya on the Zambezi River, ZambiaCalled Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) by locals, the breathtaking Victoria Falls are located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

While neither the highest, nor the widest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls claims to be the largest at 108 meters tall and 1,708 meters wide.

Victoria Falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. David Livingstone a Scottish explorer is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls, on 17 November 1855, during his 1852–56 journey from the upper Zambezi to the mouth of the river. The falls send an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water over the edge every minute. And with spray from the falls reaching 400 meters, you'll want to grab one of the raincoats available from the entrance.

The Victoria Falls Gorges
The principal gorges are:
- First Gorge: the one the river falls into at Victoria Falls
- Second Gorge: (spanned by the Victoria Falls Bridge), 250 m south of falls, 2.15 km long (270 yd south, 2350 yd long)
- Third Gorge: 600 m south, 1.95 km long (650 yd south, 2100 yd long)
- Fourth Gorge: 1.15 km south, 2.25 km long (1256 yd south, 2460 yd long)
- Fifth Gorge: 2.55 km south, 3.2 km long (1.5 mi south, 2 mi long)
- Songwe Gorge: 5.3 km south, 3.3 km long, (3.3 mi south, 2 mi long) named after the small Songwe River coming from the north-east, and the deepest at 140 m (460 ft), at the end of the dry season.
- Batoka Gorge: The gorge below the Songwe is called the Batoka Gorge (which is also used as an umbrella name for all the gorges). It is about 120 kilometers (75 mi) long (the straight line distance to its end is about 80 kilometers (50 mi) east of the falls) and takes the river through the basalt plateau to the valley in which Lake Kariba now lies.

A famous feature is a naturally formed pool known as the Devil's Armchair, near the edge of the falls, accessed via Livingstone Island. A boat trip on the Zambezi river proves a relaxing experience - and if you're lucky you'll get to spot some of the area's wildlife - among national parks such as Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls National Park or Zambezi National Park - including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, Vervet monkeys and baboons, a variety of antelope and hippopotamus. Klipspringers and clawless otters can be glimpsed in the gorges, but they are mainly known for 35 species of raptors. The Taita Falcon, Black Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Augur Buzzard breed there. Above the falls, herons, Fish Eagles and numerous kinds of waterfowl are common. Many species of fish can also be found.

And for those seeking some action, there are organized bungee jumps into the Zambezi gorge and white water rafting excursions. To truly appreciate the falls, hop abroad the "flight of angels" - an exhilarating 15-minute helicopter ride over the waterfalls - for an unforgettable bird’s eye view.

UNESCO World Heritage

Zimbabwe, Matobo Hills

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 03, 2012 at 04:59:18

Location Matebeleland, South Province, Zimbabwe
Coordinates S20 30 0 E28 30 0
Property 205,000 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/306 )

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings. The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities.

Photos from TWIP

Matobo National Park, Maleme Dam Matobo National Park, Mother and Child Rock

More photos and localization on interactive Google Map


Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins National Monument

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 03, 2012 at 04:51:09

Location Western Region, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Coordinates S20 9 30 E28 22 36
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/365 )

Khami, which developed after the capital of Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned in the mid-16th century, is of great archaeological interest. The discovery of objects from Europe and China shows that Khami was a major centre for trade over a long period of time.

Photos from TWIP

Khami, Outer wall Khami, Passageway  

More photos and localization on interactive Google Map


Zimbabwe, Great Zimbabwe National Monument

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 03, 2012 at 04:43:53

Location Zimbabwe
Coordinates S20 16 60 E30 55 60
Property 722 ha
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/364 )

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe – the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend – are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The city, which covers an area of nearly 80 ha, was an important trading centre and was renowned from the Middle Ages onwards.

Photos from TWIP

Great Zimbabwe, Ruins Great Zimbabwe, Great Enclosure

More photos and localization on interactive Google Map


Zimbabwe, Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 03, 2012 at 04:34:50

Location Urungwe District, Mashonaland North region, Zimbabwe
Coordinates S15 49 10 E29 24 29
Property 676,600 ha
Date of Inscription 1984

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/302 )

On the banks of the Zambezi, great cliffs overhang the river and the floodplains. The area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs. An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also be found in the area.

Photos from TWIP

Mana Pools National Park, Panorama Mana Pools National Park, Zambezi River

More photos and localization on interactive Google Map


Zambia/Zimbabwe, Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 06, 2009 at 16:38:38

Location Livingstone District of Southern Province of the Republic of Zambia and Hwange District of Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe
Coordinates 17°55′28″S 25°51′24″E
Type Natural
Property 8780 ha
Date of Inscription 1989

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/509 )

These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away.

Photos from TWIP

Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya

More photos and localization on interactive Google Map



On the companion Blog to Landolia, choose your next destination, and prepare your trip. Do you have an interesting travel article? If so Contact us and share it.

Categories

Archives