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You Have To Be Out of Your Mind to Do This


Victoria Falls

 it’s a long way down and crocodiles meet you at the bottom


vic falls

Victoria Falls, located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is the largest waterfall in the world and is known for ‘Devil’s Pool,’ a naturally formed pool of water on the edge of the falls. During dry season, the waterfall’s flow of water is lower and a natural rock barrier comes close enough to the surface. (Wikimedia Commons/Ian Restall. Released into the public domain by the author.

courtesy of the Weather Channel’s  photo slide show: “Why Would You Do This?”



Victoria Falls from the front

photo courtesy


“While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft) resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.” 


source: World Digital Library/US Library of Congress:


Copy of Charlie McCain Victoria Falls 1976 cropped

Your man in Africa, Charles McCain, with Victoria Falls in the background, 1976.

(author’s collection)

I remember the day I visited Victoria Falls. You could hear the falls from more than a mile. Walking along a grass trail to the falls, spray from the falling water fell on us as if it were raining. That is the reason I am wet in the photo above. And I was really wet.

This is trite to day but Vic Falls reminds one of the power of nature. It is such a beautiulf, majestic, and dangerous place that I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would swim on the lip of the falls. If you went over, you would die. And if you managed to survive for a few minutes, you would be eaten by crocodiles.

If I want to be a daredevil on a vacation, I will ride a roller-coaster.



Victoria Falls circa 1900.

Photo courtesy of the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress.

By | 2014-04-16T17:49:23+00:00 April 16th, 2014|An Honorable German, British Empire, Charles McCain|Comments Off on You Have To Be Out of Your Mind to Do This

About the Author:

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: