|Nonie lends scale to the statue of Nelson Mandela|
|Archbishop Tutu's home|
|interior of the Mandela home|
"'That night, I returned with Winnie to No. 8115 in Orlando West. It was only then that I knew in my heart that I had left prison. For me, No. 8115 was the centrepoint of my world, the place marked with an X in my mental geography.'
'Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, on his return to 8115 Orlando West after his release from 27 years of imprisonment on 11 February 1990. '"We all crave home, that intangible place where our hearts live, where the warmth of family and love surround us. I can not imagine being kept from my home, not for 27 minutes let alone 27 years. How did he endure imprisonment for so long and come out the other side with compassion and understanding? How did he become the man who united South Africa?
It was very moving to see that tiny house, that so very tiny little house, that was the center of his heart for so long.
|back yard area of the Mandela home|
The local name for the falls is Mosi-Oa-Tunya which translates to The Smoke that Thunders. Such a perfect name for this geologic wonder.
Did I mention how LOUD the falls are?
We took a helicopter ride on morning to view the Falls from the air. It was rather a pricey trip but worth every penny. When you are standing across the gorge, admiring the Falls, you don't really realize how narrow the gorge is. Niagara Falls is large and beautiful, but the water there does not fall down into a gorge, but rather is out in the open. Victoria Falls falls into what looks like a slit in the earth from the air. It surprised me to see that very narrow gorge.
Victoria Falls is categorized as the largest waterfall in the world based on its width, over a mile, and height of 354 feet. It truly is a marvel of nature!
While we were in the air, the helicopter pilot took us over the Zambian Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe) where we saw this herd of elephants standing in the shade of a tree to get out of the noon day sun.
And you would be amazed at how easily the giraffes blend into the underbrush and disappear from view in the landscape. It amazes me that a creature so tall can become so invisible so quickly.
As we flew over the Zambezi River we could pick out the hippos, clustered together under the water, keeping cool in the heat of the day. They emerge at dusk and then spend their nights grazing before heading back to the cool of the river after dawn.