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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Howick falls 2.

Had to go to Howick, a town about 70km south east of Estcourt, +- 40minutes drive. Stopped by at the famous 365 foot waterfall and took a few photos.

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Howick falls. The falls are right in the middle of the town, only a few hundred metres from the CBD. Howick is a very popular retirement centre in South Africa, with a very pleasant climate.

Local ladies doing their washing. Across the gorge you can hear their happy laughter and conversation.  The lip of the falls can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the picture. The photo above was taken from a video I made, once I've worked out the technicalities I'll post the video.

Just to give an idea as to how far down it is. Natal rivers are always very muddy in summer. The falls are situated on the Umgeni river, home to Natal yellow fish, small mouth bass, carp and other fish species. The upper reaches of the river hold trout.

At the falls is this sign giving distances to other famous falls in the world, with distances in kilometres.

More famous falls above.

Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii.

Red winged starling sitting on the pointer to Africa's most famous waterfall. These birds gather at tourist sites knowing that lots of people = food, bits of hotdog, hamburgers, crisps and fruit. How healthy their fast food diet is? Who can tell.


Shoreman said...

Looks like the birds that inhabit every fast food parking in the old USofA.


e.m.b. said...

Those types of cornered signs have always fascinated me. I suppose it's the reminder of just how large this world is. And wow! Those are some beautiful falls!