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The world’s largest waterfalls - Victoria Falls, Zambia stands unique in so many different ways. The increasing number of tourists every year to witness one of the nature’s incredible creation speak volumes about its popularity and appeal. Want to know more about what is perhaps the most famous waterfall in existence? Then go and check out our compilation of top Victoria Falls Facts.
If you are among those who have not witnessed this beauty yet or it is still waiting to make a place in your bucket list, then these facts about the mighty Victoria Falls might fascinate you for a Victoria Falls tour during the upcoming holiday season.
Victoria Falls is formed over the Zambezi River which is the fourth-largest river in the African continent and spans across six different nations – and cover an amazing distance of 2,700 km.
During the ancient times, as a result of a volcanic activity a thick basalt deposit covered an extensive area in Southern Africa. When the lava solidified, there were cracks in the rock that, over the centuries, became filled with softer materials.
Moreover, shifting of plates in due course of time made the Zambezi River change its original way from running south-east to a more solid easterly direction. The River flowed over those hard basalts progressively eroded the softer sandstone and created cracks on the plateau resulted in Victoria waterfalls.
Victoria Falls is positioned almost exactly half way on the mighty Zambezi River's journey of 2700 km from its source to the sea.
It is located along the boundary between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south in Southern Africa. Almost twice in size as of North America’s Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world is designated a World Heritage site in 1989. Victoria is only rivalled by South America's Iguazu Falls.
Location Coordinates: 17°55′24.05″S, 25°51′22.32″E
Due to its presence on the border of two countries Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is surrounded by two national parks - Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in the Zambian side and Victoria Falls National Park in the Zimbabwean side. And is easily accessible from either sides.
It is also worth mentioning that, 75% of the fall can be seen from the Zimbabwean side, while the remaining 25% is visible from the Zambian side.
The water on the fall is dependent on the flow of water in the Zambezi River.
The river experiences a wet season from late November to the beginning of April and dry season during the remaining part of the year.
During the rainy season, the waterfall is at its maximum flow and creates a thundering roar which forms a veil of mist.
The waterfall declines to its minimum flow during the dry season and experience a significant drop in the water flow especially during September to December.
Apart from viewing the Falls from close proximity there are so many other activities to undertake during Victoria Falls Travel.
Scenic drives to nearby towns like Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe and get a chance to get along with the locals and learn about their unique culture and deep rooted traditions. Make sur to take permission before clicking pictures.
Visit the Livingstone Island in Zambia and get to know the stories about the discovery of Victoria Falls. Listening to different folktales versions regarding the place are also quite interesting.
Steam Train Tour Victoria Falls symbolises luxury with thrill! Get an ultimate chance to travel back in time in stately carriages. Get a view of the fall and the bridge enjoying high tea or a scrumptious lunch.
Hire a bike and explore the Zimbabwe side of the fall. The crafts market, restaurants, shops, Churches, Taverns etc. can be major stop points.
Do not miss the opportunity to go on Zambezi River cruise. You are assured to have excellent views of the sunsets and if lucky might see herd of elephant’s drinking water in the river shore.
Adrenalin raising water activities guarantees once in a lifetime experience. White water rafting in the lower Zambezi is filled with fun and excitement. Activities like Bungee jumping off the cliff, Zip line, Flying Fox, Gorge Swing etc are also quite popular among the visitors.
Go for Victoria Falls Canopy Tours if you are a nature admirer. You would definitely love this walk in the wild and can have a wonderful wildlife experience.
Helicopter and Microlight flight rides is an excellent way to explore Victoria Falls from the top.
Safaris in the nearby national Parks like Chobe national park and Hwange national park are quite popular and are mostly tagged along with Victoria Falls Tour. Game drives give an opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitats.
Swimming to the edge of waterfalls in the Devil's Pool is another major attraction in Victoria Falls that keep attracting large number of visitors from all over the world.
Crocodile park visit, Siduli Hide trek, jet boating, elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, canoe trails, kayaking, walking trails etc. are among some of the major activities to explore in Victoria Falls.
The Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is the world's greatest sheet of falling water and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows.
The British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls (November 16, 1855). He named them Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the Victoria Falls are classified the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water.
David Livingstone 'discovered' the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders. Livingstone named them for his queen.
These 7 natural wonders of the world include the Northern Lights, the Grand Canyon, Paricutin, Mount Everest, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Victoria Falls, and the Great Barrier Reef. Many of these naturally-formed displays require an aerial view to capture the vastness of each phenomenon.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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