Victoria Falls - The Smoke that Thunders

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Natural World, 2009-2010 Episode 2 of 14

Duration: 50 minutes

Wildlife documentary. A tale of life on the Zambezi River, set against the epic backdrop of Victoria Falls. The story is told from the point of view of a local fisherman, Mr White, who has fished these waters for 69 years, and whose riverside companions are elephants, baboons, hippos and kingfishers. Follow the fortunes of these animals through his eyes, and learn how their lives are ruled by the moods of the river and the rains.

  • Photo: African Fish Eagle

    Photo: African Fish Eagle

    An African Fish Eagle fishes above Victoria Falls.

  • Photo: Nile Crocodile

    Photo: Nile Crocodile

    An image of insects on the head of a Nile crocodile from Zambezi, just above Victoria Falls.

  • Photo: Mr White

    Photo: Mr White

    Fisherman Mr White stands overlooking Bokota Gorge, which is on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • Photo: Victoria Falls

    Photo: Victoria Falls

    The Zambezi river flows over the huge Victoria Falls at sunset in Zambia.

  • African bush elephant

    African bush elephant

    The islands on the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls offer African bush elephants the only fresh vegetation for miles around.

    Wildlife Finder: watch elephants try to reach the Zambezi islands
  • Pied kingfisher

    Pied kingfisher

    The bank of the Zambezi River is no safe haven for pied kingfisher chicks. The parents must always be on the lookout for predators like the mongoose.

    Wildlife Finder: witness a mongoose raiding kingfisher nests


Louis Mahoney


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