Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
9:00 AM 28th May 2020

Falling In Love With Africa

Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls appear to be thoroughly enjoying ‘time alone’, reaching their highest flows in a decade in a powerful display of breath-taking beauty and intensity.

Hospitality operator, Africa Albida Tourism, has created a video of this unique flood via drone footage, to welcome viewers from afar to share in the beauty and majesty of the Falls.

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 – on April 20th, 3,922 cubic metres per second was recorded compared to 1,007 cubic metres per second on April 20th the previous year.

“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 affects are translated downstream,” Karonga said.

The flows at the Victoria Falls have not been this high since 2010, when they were slightly higher; they were also higher in 2009 and 1978, but the highest flows ever recorded were in 1958 when the peak flow reached an incredible 9,436 cubic metres per second, she said.

Africa Albida Tourism operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls, which include Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, as well as Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.