On the Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a mind-blowing spectacle of awe-inspiring majesty and grandeur. It was given the name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ by the Kololo tribe who lived in the area in the 1800s. Victoria Falls is known as the best curtain of falling water in the world in more modern terms. Another steep wall of basalt faces the Falls, rising to the same summit and topped by a mist-soaked rain forest. A trail along the edge of the woods provides tourists with an unparalleled succession of views of the Falls in exchange for braving the incredible spray.
More than 500 million cubic meters of water every minute drop over the edge, over a breadth of about 2 kilometers, into a gorge over 100 meters below, creating columns of spray visible from miles away during the rainy season. Victoria Falls is the world’s most important sheet of cascading water! That alone is reason enough to visit Victoria Falls, but watching this roaring waterfall is just one of the many highlights of Victoria Falls tours. You can get so close to the falls that the spray drenches you! Then choose from all of the outdoor and adventure activities on offer, such as scenic flights, horseback safaris, and non-violent river cruises.
It is neither the world’s biggest or highest waterfall, but it is the world’s largest sheet of flowing water, which qualifies it for this category. Its height is twice that of Niagara Falls in North America, and it is only surpassed by Iguazu Falls in South America. It stands 108 meters tall and spans 1708 meters. The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth-largest river, spanning six distinct international areas over a distance of 2,700 kilometers. You may observe a variety of species and participate in a variety of activities along the route. The Zambezi River’s upper and middle parts are separated by Victoria Falls.
IT CAN BE FOUND IN TWO NATIONAL PARK SYSTEMS
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses a portion of Victoria Falls. It is so named because “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” means “the smoke that thunders” – a perfect analogy for the awe-inspiring waters. Victoria Falls is also found in Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe which is rather unsurprising.
DAVID LIVINGSTONE SELECTED THE ENGLISH NAME FOR IT
In 1855, British explorer and missionary David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s most spectacular sites. He called it after Queen Victoria, the British monarch of the time. While many places have reverted to their indigenous names, the residents of the area are grateful to him for keeping it the same.
THE FALLS CAN BE SEEN FROM TWO COUNTRIES
The Zimbabwean side of the Falls can be seen for 75% of the time, while the Zambian side can see for 25% of the time. While Zimbabwe has received unfavorable media exposure in recent years, residents assure visitors that the country is extremely safe, which usually provides for a better viewing experience.
VICTORIA FALLS IS ONE OF THE SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Victoria Falls, Aurora Borealis, Rio de Janeiro Harbour, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, and Parcutin are the arena’s seven natural wonders.
THERE ARE SEVERAL GORGES IN IT
Victoria Falls is one of nature’s most enigmatic wonders, with multiple precept gorges. The First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Gorges — as well as the Songwe Gorge, named after the Songwe River, which flows in from the north east – are all worth visiting.
EVERY MINUTE, 500 MILLION LITRES OF WATER FALL FROM THE SKY
The figures almost seem too unbelievable to believe! To put things in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It has a flow rate of 1088m3/s.
“MOONBOWS” ARE CREATED BY THE FALLS
A rainbow is lovely; a moonbow, on the other hand, is a rare and distinctive phenomena that only occurs in two places around the planet, one of which is Victoria Falls. When the light of the full moon reaches the earth, it creates a lunar rainbow.
YOU CAN SWIM TO THE EDGE OF THE WATERFALL
If you’re a very daring traveler, you might consider swimming with your guide up to the Falls’ threshold in Devil’s Pool. This isn’t something that should be attempted lightly, as it involves swimming in the Zambezi and relying on the water to transport you. However, once you reach the edge, the sensation is thrilling. Consider it since the international pool has a fantastic infinity pool! This is best done between September and December, when water levels are at their lowest.
A LARGE NUMBER OF WILD ANIMALS CALL THIS PLACE HOME
If you’re going to Victoria Falls, be cautious (and p.C. A camera). You could be entering the botanical habitat of a variety of creatures, including some of the continent’s most endangered species.
Take extra precautions because crocodiles are extremely frequent in this area. Remember that part of respecting nature is acknowledging that you could be endangered. Always pay attention to what your local publications have to say.
Victoria Falls is practically impossible to miss, with so much to see and do! The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is which side of the Zambezi River to remain on. Victoria Falls is shared by two countries: Zambia (to the north) and Zimbabwe (to the south) (to the south).
The Victoria Falls Bridge is a bridge that connects two countries. By walking, you may make this a part of the journey (you can constantly capture a taxi returned). The hike takes about 20 minutes, but give yourself enough time to take in the views of the waterfall or observe the eager huddle of bungee jumpers ready to gain instant bragging rights by leaping 111 meters into the river below.
However, while Zimbabwe provides more spectacular views, I prefer the wilder experience of Zambia’s Victoria Falls. The cheap Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (US$10 per character) takes you right up close to the falls: pick a peaceful location above the falls to relax for a while and walk across the Knife-Edge Bridge.