on August 23, 2000
When Livingstone first saw the Falls, he made a comment that angels in flight must look down on such sights. Hence the name of the helicopter rides over the Falls. For a price ($75.00 a person for a 13 minute helicopter flight) you can see an angel's eye view of the Falls.
Had our friends not already reserved our helicopter flight over the Falls, I probably wouldn't have done it. But taking the view that I might not have the chance again, I went ahead. It was worth it. The land is so flat you can see the mist rising from the gorge for miles. The Zambezi, which was higher than it had been in years, looked still and blue above the Falls, and shrouded in mist below. We tried to pick out the islands where we'd seen the hippo and croc the night before, amazed that we had been so close to the falls. Several islands actually cling to the edge of the precipice and I'd read somewhere that the natives thought the islands sacred. I can see why. I was also told that in the dry season, the river recedes from the Zambia side and you can supposedly walk out to Livingstone Island (the largest) for a picnic. It’s a wonderfully different view of the grandeur and the size of the Falls and an experience I'm glad I had.
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