During the spread of COVID-19, Zambia has shut down the doors to the Victoria Falls for an indefinite period with an immediate effect. Regional Manager of the National Heritage Conservation Commission Oliver Kandyata, in a signed letter to the Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA), said that this move was compelled by the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus.
The waterfall located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi river, is 400 ft high and 6000 ft wide. Apparently, the Zimbabwean organizations have also closed the gates to Victoria Falls National Park to prevent 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 needed, and the place had to be closed as per the government orders so that individuals stay at home and prevent the spread of the virus any further.
During this closure, most recent reports point towards a brighter side, and that is the Victoria Falls is roaring back to life in 2020. Mentioning to this, the Zambezi River Authority also issued a statement stating that the falls have seen epic upgrades and the water level is more than the seasonal average!
Considering this development, Trevor Lane, a conservationist based in the Livingstone town close to the falls, informed the media that it seems like the falls are going to surpass the track record in the next fortnight.
Nevertheless, with the viewing sights closed on both the sides, Zambia and Zimbabwe, almost nobody will get to see the sight at this point of time.