Back in March, we had the opportunity to travel to South Africa for a retreat with our Resonate regional team members. We decided to drive in order to do some sight-seeing along the way, and we are so glad we did!
First stop was Livingstone, where we spent a day exploring Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, with friends we knew from JMU (although they have since left Zambia for another calling). I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking, because I can hardly think of how to describe the sights, sounds, and feelings at the Falls. Verses from Job or Psalms about the mightiness of God displayed in nature come to mind, such as Psalm 42:7 – “Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls…”
A couple of notes:
~ In March, the water is at high volume, because the rainy season has filled the rivers that all flow into the Zambezi, and that is also why the water looks a little muddy. This certainly did not detract from the magnitude and majesty in our opinions!
~ You can get alarmingly close to the drop-off point at the top of the falls! There is actually nothing to stop you from just falling or jumping or wading in. It was absolutely spectacular and felt as much refreshingly non-commercial (contrast with Niagara Falls much? ha!) as it did nerve-wracking with small children about. We are immensely grateful for this experience.
After spending time hiking along the viewing areas, we took the trail to see the drop-off, where in the drier seasons you can swim in Devil’s Pool (gotta go back!) right at the lip of the falls, and then hiked to the bottom to see the Boiling Pot.
Next up was a little thrill-seeking! If you scrolled through the above photos, you will have seen a wide yellow metal bridge span over the Zambezi River just after the falls. You can walk onto this bridge, and technically be in Zimbabwe! So we all did that. You can also bungee jump OFF of this bridge, which is what Evan and Graeme did. From the Zambian side, you can take a big zip line ride, landing on the bridge itself, and that is what Torin, Bronwyn, Gwennyth, and I (Jody) did. It was a ton of fun with an amazing view!
Here (click to open new tab) are some videos from our day at “Smoke That Thunders” – one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World!
And a few more photos: