Mother Earth is taking the global restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic quite well. While the masses are cooped up at home, she’s taking a bit of a breather and flaunting her most beautiful assets.
One natural asset that is being flaunted right now — in full force due — is Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls.
As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls appears to be thoroughly enjoying its alone time and reached its highest flows in a decade.
And ironically, no one is there to witness the falls in all her glory while she puts on a powerful display of beauty and intensity. Nature surely has a sense of humour.
Zambezi River Authority public relations and communications manager Elizabeth Karonga said the high-water levels were due to a significant increase in both rainfall and run-off in the catchment area upstream of Victoria Falls during the current rainfall season.
Authority data shows four times more water is now flowing over the world’s largest waterfall than at this time last year, and it has not been this high since 2010.
“The Zambezi River normally experiences two peaks or floods, which are more evident in the upper catchment area, upstream from Victoria Falls, and depending on their magnitude, their effects are translated downstream,” Karonga said.
The first wave of floodwaters was recorded at Victoria Falls on March 31, 2020 with a peak flow of 4,289 cubic metres per second, and the second reached the Victoria Falls on April 14, and water levels were, again, rising, Karonga said. The flow at the Victoria Falls from the second flood is expected to peak by end of April at more than 4,300 cubic metres per second, she added.
Ross Kennedy, chief executive of Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism, said nature continued to show off her power and influence over our lives.
“At a time when the world is in trouble the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls display immense beauty, rugged power and a glorious snub to the current negatives,” Kennedy said.
“It has been quite some time since anyone witnessed the majesty and intensity of this level of water flowing over the Victoria Falls, with the last period of such floods being ten years ago.
“What a sad and disappointing irony it is, that at this time that one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is at its absolute finest, the world is in lockdown and very few if any will get to witness or experience this iconic destination in all its splendour,” he added.
“But, of course, nature being what it is, Victoria Falls will flood again and will be there to impress, enthrall and excite many millions of tourists in the decades ahead.”
And during these troubling times, while the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc all over the world, the only constant that will be waiting for us on the other side of the pandemic — that we can be sure of — is nature and her gifts of beauty.
At the end of 2018 I visited Victoria falls courtesy of Africa Albida Tourism which operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls (including Victoria Falls Safari Lodge,where I stayed, and Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.)
Or watch the video below, taken at a time when the Victoria Falls put on a spectacular show, albeit not as spectacular as what you can see currently. Or rather, what you can’t see currently with your own eyes (click here to see Africa Albida Tourism’s video of what the falls look like currently).