Friday, March 23, 2012


Victoria Falls are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20km away. The indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, means "the Smoke that Thunders". 

It is a transnational World Heritage site together with Zimbabwe.

A common bird across sub-Saharan Africa, I was surprised to learn that the sacred ibis is extirpated in Egypt where it was venerated and often mummified by Ancient Egyptians as a symbol of the god Thoth.

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