Scottish missionary and medic David Livingstone (yes, he of ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’ fame) may be the first documented European adventurer to have seen the Victoria Falls. But I can tell you that he didn’t see them the best way. Nearly 160 years later, you can go one up on old Livingstone.
Today you can be those angels in flight. All you need to do is take a helicopter flip over the Falls.
I needn’t have worried because the pilot flies both ways more than once, giving everyone a fair shot to see, to marvel and to photograph. If at first the best view is from the opposite side of the chopper, relax; your turn to be in the pound seats will come.
From this vantage point you’ll see an island in the river just before the Falls, now called Livingstone Island. You’ll see the main falls from up above, beyond the reach of the spray that can make you (and your camera) sopping wet. You’ll see the rainbows. And you’ll get a much better idea of just how powerful, energetic and monumental this Unesco World Heritage site really is.
But he didn’t; and he wasn’t. He lived to tell the tale, writing later that the river ‘seemed to lose itself in the earth’ and describing the Falls as ‘the most wonderful sight [he] had witnessed in Africa’.
You have no idea, Dr Livingstone; from up here, you’d have been knocked for six.
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The trip costs around US$150 per person [August 2018]. Expensive, but worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Children under three sitting on your lap are free; over three, they must be accompanied by an adult and will be charged full price. At around 13 minutes, the flight is over w-a-y too quickly, but if you don’t have your own camera, you can buy a video/stills CD of your flight from the operator afterwards and relive it as many times as you want.
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