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Victoria Falls is easily one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders and it certainly looks, sounds and even feels like it. The 1st European to see the falls was British missionary David Livingstone on 17 November 1855. He promptly renamed it a very tame Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria. The falls form the largest sheet of falling water due to their width of 1.7 kilometres (1 mi) and height of 108 meters (360 ft). This UNESCO World Heritage Site pumps out an amazing 550,000 cubic metres of water over the edge every minute!

The flood season runs from February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls rises to a height of between 400 metres (1,300 ft) and 800 meters (2,600 ft) making it visible from up to 50 km (30 miles) away. Often you cannot see the foot or a lot of the face during these peak times. The Zimbabwe side is much wetter.

There are 2 separate National Parks on either side of the border and you can walk across.

There is a huge range of outdoor activities available on the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls including: microlighting, walking safaris, horseback riding, bungee jumping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, game viewing via boat or spectacular helicopter rides over the falls.

I have 2 good pages covering the 2 towns on the Falls:




Directions: The Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/509

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2008
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