The Victoria Falls Are On The Rise Again
Victoria Falls on 29 November 2019 (Africa Albida)
3 December 2019
As you know, the Victoria Falls is one of Mother Nature’s greatest works of art, and it is ever changing, with its water levels fluctuating dramatically throughout the year.
The levels of the world’s largest waterfall, which straddles Zimbabwe and Zambia, are dependent on the amount of rain that falls in the catchment area above it.
The rainy season is normally between November and March, so the Falls are at their fullest between March and June, and at their lowest between August and November.
According to the Zambezi River Authority the water levels at the Victoria Falls were especially low during the dry months of this year because the Zambezi Basin - particularly the Kariba catchment - received below normal rainfall during the 2018/2019 rainy season.
But the tide turned in mid-November, according to the Zambezi River Authority, which records water levels daily, and flows at Victoria Falls are once again on the rise.
Latest data shows the flow at the Victoria Falls was 227 cubic metres per second on December 2, compared to 207m3/s on November 26, and 189m3/s on November 19.
At its peak, after the rains in May, the flow over one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World often reaches more than 4,500m3/s, which is around 20 times higher than the lowest annual flow.
During the drier months there will always be more water in the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side than on the Zambian side, simply because the Falls are slightly lower on the Zimbabwean side. At this time of the year some parts of the Falls do dry up.
When water is at its scarcest, the Victoria Falls is still splendid, and activities, such as white-water rafting and game viewing - when wildlife gathers at permanent water sources - are at their best.
With the ebb and flow of Nature, the Victoria Falls will soon be transformed once again into a 1.7km wide sheet of falling water.
Like any magnificent work of art, the Victoria Falls may be admired at different times of the day, and from different angles, and in high or low water, still allowing the viewer to marvel in wonder.
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