NATURE: Victoria Falls on WXXI-TV

NATURE: Victoria Falls on WXXI-TV

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Dry season view of the falls from Zambia. 

Credit: Courtesy of ©Charlie Hamilton James 

Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world — the tranquil meandering river above the cascade and the raging abyss of the gorge below.

Cutting across the Zambezi River, bridging the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Nature "Victoria Falls", airing Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), shows this awesome force of nature divides two natural worlds. The upper river is idyllic, running shallow through sandstone hills and meandering around islands and reed-beds where elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, zebra, antelope and otters thrive. In a single vertical drop, the river plummets twice the height of Niagara Falls into the wild waters and heavy spray of the narrow gorge, where 35 different raptor species rear their young, feasting on a glut of fish. Between the two worlds, the treacherous cliffs and rocky outcrops are covered in thick, mossy rainforest, fed by the constant mists, and home to baboons, monkeys, mongoose and parrots. It is a place of epic proportions, with an epic story to tell.