About 40 people have been swept over the falls since the first recorded victim in 1851.Who knows how many unrecorded fatalities occurred through the previous centuries. Most of the recorded deaths at the falls have suicides, but murder and accidents have also claimed their victims. The easiest place to cross the river, before a bridge was built, was just above the falls, accidents happened especially when the river levels were high. Nowadays local African women like to do their washing just a couple of meters from the lip of the falls, with their children splashing in the water around them. Watching them makes my blood run cold The main road through the town crosses the river about 500 meters above the falls.
Below the falls during flood.
On my way back I took this photo of the Wagendrift dam overflowing, the roar of the water over the dam and out of the sluice gate was deafening. Took the photo from the highway bridge over the Bushmans river just below the dam. I cringed every time a big truck roared past a meter behind me. The light was almost gone, so the photo is not of the best quality.
We have had a tremendous amount of rain during the last three weeks. This dam is only a couple of kilometres from my home.
The water from this dam is used to irrigate 6000 hectares of fertile farmland in the Weenen valley around the small town of Weenen. The name Weenen means place of weeping.