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Victoria Falls boasts of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a great tourist attraction!

This waterfall in South Africa is especially famous for the view of the lunar rainbow that it provides on a full moon night. Hence, you must book a trip to Zambia or Zimbabwe to witness this spectacular phenomenon! 

The Victoria Falls forms a natural border between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia and is the largest curtain of water in the entire world! While the broad Zambezi River has a huge flow rate during the rainy season and provides a spectacular view, the Victoria Falls are particularly quiet during the dry season. Keep reading to know more!

Where is the Victoria waterfall?

The Victoria waterfall is the largest waterfall in the world and is famous for the vast landscape that it covers and the mist that the falling water creates over the horizon. The mist over the waterfalls is visible from far away, which gives a grand look to the landscape. Even the sound of the waterfall is thunderous during the rainy season, which is why the indigenous people used to call the waterfall 'the smoke that thunders'.

  • The Victoria waterfall also acts as a boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and it is a major tourist attraction for both countries.
  • One of the interesting facts about Victoria waterfall that you must know before visiting this natural wonder is that the waterfall is made up of five individual falls.
  • These falls have their own names and vary in height.
  • Victoria waterfall surpasses Niagara Falls to become the largest curtain of water falling over a cliff in the entire world.
  • The mist of falling water is so high that most tourists that decide to go for activities around the waterfall are warned that they will get absolutely soaked.
  • Understandably, true admirers of this natural wonder are well aware of the fact that the mist is just a part of the immense beauty of the waterfall.
  • This waterfall in Africa is the site where the Zambezi River falls over a cliff.
  • The water flow is usually the greatest in the rainy season.
  • The grandeur of the Victoria waterfall is such that the full width cannot even be seen without aerial help.
  • This is because of the spraying water above the actual falls.
  • Being the largest waterfall on the planet, Victoria waterfalls has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

What is the Victoria waterfall known for?

The Victoria waterfall is known as the largest waterfall on the planet. Tourism for Zimbabwe and Zambia thrives because of this waterfall. The Zimbabwe side of the waterfall is smaller than the Zambia side and consists of only 40% of the waterfalls.

  • In spite of the fact that this is not the widest waterfall or the longest one, Victoria waterfall has the largest flow rate and forms the largest curtain of falling water.
  • This waterfall also forms a natural boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • The Victoria Falls Bridge connects the two countries in Africa and it's also a very attractive spot for tourism.
  • This beautiful waterfall in Southern Africa is a natural wonder and the earliest records of its existence date back to at least 1.5 million years ago.
  • Before the Victoria waterfalls were named by the Scottish explorer named David Livingstone, the indigenous people used to call it Mosi oa-Tunya, which roughly translates to 'the smoke that thunders.'
  • The water level is highest during the rainy season and reduces substantially during the dry season of the year. The water dries up to the point that it becomes possible to cross parts of the waterfall on foot.
The Kaieteur Falls are four and a half times the height of Niagara Falls and twice that of Victoria Falls!

Other Activities To Do Near Victoria Waterfall

Since the Victoria waterfall brings so much tourism to Africa, there are many things for you to do and enjoy when in Zambia or Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls National Park is one of the best places to visit in order to take a walk whilst soaking in all the beauty.

  • Walking on the Knife Edge Bridge is also sure to give you all the thrill and excitement you need.
  • Especially in the high water season, taking a walk just 328.08 ft (100 m) above the gorge is undeniably thrilling.
  • The Victoria Falls bridge is a great place to visit if you are interested in some adventures like bungee jumping. Guided tours also reveal the rich history of the bridge.
  • When on Livingstone Island you can also take a dip in the Devil's Pool and take pictures right at the edge of the waterfall.
  • This access can only be provided in the low water season of the Zambezi River, as the way to the small island starts with a short boat ride through the Zambezi.
  • You can also stand right on the edge of the island wherein David Livingstone lived.
  • He was the first European to travel through the entire length of Africa from north to south.
  • Going for a sunset boat cruise along the Zambezi River is also very therapeutic.
  • In a guided tour, you can also learn about the river and the history of the surrounding areas.
  • The Zambezi River walk is also very famous for the sight that it provides of the beautiful Victoria Falls.
  • If you like wildlife safari, you can also book a ride across Hwange National Park wherein many animals live in peace.

Physical Features Of Victoria Waterfall

The Victoria Falls is composed of five individual falls. These are the Devil's Cataract, Rainbow Falls, Main Falls, Horseshow falls, and Eastern Cataract.

  • The Devil's Cataract is the smallest in height and only stands at 230 ft (70 m).
  • The Main Falls are 305.1 ft (93 m) high, and the Horseshoe Falls stand slightly higher, at 312 ft (95 m).
  • The Rainbow Falls stands at 354.3 ft (108 m) and is the highest.
  • The Eastern Cataract, on the other hand, is 331.3 ft (101 m) high.
  • The Boiling Pot is a pool at the bottom of the falls, which is quite the sight to see at flood time; and just below it lies the gorge.
  • The gorge at the end of the Boiling Pot is created by the Victoria Falls and is spanned by the entire distance that Victoria Falls bridge covers and the wide Zambezi River.
  • The Victoria Falls was named after Queen Victoria by David Livingstone and lies in South Africa.
  • Beautified by the Zambezi River and forming a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this waterfall is just as beautiful all along the distance it covers!
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Shirin Biswas

<p>With a degree in English from Amity University, Noida, Shirin has won awards for oratory, acting, and creative writing. She has a wealth of experience as an English teacher, editor, and writer, having previously worked at Quizzy and Big Books Publishing. Her expertise lies in editing study guides for children and creating engaging content.</p>

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