Welcome to Clive Bennett’s web site
1952 1973 1992 2000 2010
You hear them before you see them but then -
The size, the noise, the first sight -
First sight …. stunning!
The Falls are over 1700 meters wide and are formed where the River Zambezi drops 354 feet into the first of a series of zig zag gorges. It is divided by islands into four drops : Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract. The spray typically 1300 feet into the air but can, in the rainy season be double that and be visible 30 miles away.
Awesome is a fair word to describe the 277 miles long Canyon. A testament to the power and work of nature over the millenniums. The width [up to 18 miles] and depth [6,000 feet] you appreciate from the rim but the true size is best seen from the air.
…. The view from the rim is not bad either!
Some 42 man made artificial floating islands constructed from rolls of reeds and inhabited by the Uros people who pre date the Incan civilisation. I read about the lake and the floating islands during geography lessons at school. At 12,500 feet above sea level it’s the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. Then the reed boat building became known through its use by Thor Heyerdahl for his Kon Tiki expedition in 1947 To visit the islands was a dream come true. A unique and wonderful experience.
Lake Titicaca … and approaching an island
Ashore and in the villages ….
The locals still collect reeds to repair and maintain
their islands and build their unbelievable reed boats,
which were the basis for the one used by
Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 for his historic voyage
almost 5,000 miles across the Pacific from
Peru to Raroia
Something again that I’d read about but never anticipated doing. But it lived up
to all expectations -
A visit to China must include the Forbidden City and the Great Wall plus of course
the Terracotta Warriors. But these are the popular sites and bustling and crowded.
My great memory was visiting the Summer Palace and lake early one morning when very
few tourists were there -
a real Ferry boat on the lake …. and one made of marble
Crossing the Nullabor gives you a great sense of our and the earth’s place in the universe. For over 297 miles the longest straight stretch of railway track in the world, without a single curve crosses the endless landscape of hot reddish brown soil. Absolutely flat in every direction there’s not a single tree just green scrub for mile after mile as far as the eye can see for around 8 hours and with a low horizon there is nothing but a vast overarching blue sky which dominates the senses and makes you feel incredibly small …… nothing more to say!
The first tree for 300 miles ….
Memorable Holiday Moments 6 to 11