Victoria Falls closed for public for an indefinite period


Victoria Falls closed for public for an indefinite period

Amid the spread of COVID-19, Zambia has closed the doors to the Victoria Falls for an indefinite period with immediate effect. Regional Manager of the National Heritage Conservation Commission Oliver Kandyata, in a signed letter to the Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA), stated that this move was compelled by the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus.

The waterfall situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi river, is 400 ft high and 6000 ft wide. Reportedly, the Zimbabwean authorities have also closed the gates to Victoria Falls National Park to stop the spread of the virus.

Victoria Falls, also locally known as Mosi-O-Tunya (which means the smoke that thunders), is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and one of the most visited tourist spots in Zambia. Kandyata added that such a move was necessary and the spot had to be closed as per the government orders so that people stay at home and stop the spread of the disease any further.

Amid this closure, latest reports point towards a brighter side, and that is the Victoria Falls is roaring back to life in 2020. Referring to this, the Zambezi River Authority also released a statement stating that the falls have seen epic improvements and the water level is more than the seasonal average!

Regarding this development, Trevor Lane, a conservationist based in the Livingstone town close to the falls, told the media that it seems like the falls are going to exceed the record in the next fortnight.

However, with the viewing sights closed on both the sides, Zambia and Zimbabwe, almost nobody will get to behold the sight at this point of time.

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