Awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya which means ‘the Smoke that Thunders”, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Named in honor of Queen Victoria by the renowned Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, world-famous Victoria Falls is located on the mighty Zambezi River between the southern African countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. While Victoria Falls is neither the tallest nor widest waterfall in the world, it is the largest in combined width of over 5,600 feet and height of over 350 feet, which together creates the largest sheet of falling water in the world. In comparison, North America’s Niagara Falls is barely 4,000 feet wide and just 170 feet high. Tourism to the Falls really began in 1905 when a rail line to Bulawayo was built.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls feeds a rainforest ecosystem adjacent to the falls. Uniquely, the Zambezi River leading up to the falls is not bounded by cliffs nor does it flow through a vast gorge. Instead, the river flows across a level plateau in a broad shallow valley until plunging into the deep Victoria Falls chasms. Below the falls, the Zambezi continues its descent through various falls, gorges, and rapids over the next 150 miles.