Bucket List: Flying Over Victoria Falls

Bucket List: Flying Over Victoria Falls

Take a microlight flight over Victoria Falls to truly appreciate its size By: David DiGregorio
The writer saw Victoria Falls from Above. // © 2015 David DiGregorio
The writer saw Victoria Falls from Above. // © 2015 David DiGregorio

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At a little over a mile wide and more than 350 feet high, Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and totally impossible to comprehend from the ground. We took to the Zambian skies in a microlight aircraft that resembled a hang glider with an engine. I held my breath as we cleared the airfield and flew out over the Zambezi River to the Zimbabwean border.

As we sped toward the falls, my pilot pointed out groups of elephants, hippos and crocodiles in the river below. Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders” and from up above, it’s easy to see why. Only from this vantage point could I finally begin to comprehend the power and enormity of these iconic falls.

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