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Victoria Falls Zambia Zimbabwe
David Livingstone (1813-1873), a Scottish missionary and famous explorer of Africa named the falls in honor of Queen Victoria. He discovered the huge waterfall in 1855 while crossing Africa from South to North for preaching Christianity in Africa. Since it was an obstacle for his journey, he was not pleased with his discovery. In spite of the inconveniences, the falls beauty allured him. Though soldiers accompanied with him to approach the roaring waterfalls, only two of them took the risk to move toward it. Local African Tribes scared of the waterfalls for centuries.
Victoria Falls & amazing facts:
- River Zambezi Rainforest is the unique place that receives rainfall for the whole year due to the spray from the Victoria waterfalls.
- About 30,000 people visit Victoria Falls each year.
- Victoria Falls is popular for Moon bow. This is formed by the moonlight’s reflection on the water. At nights you can enjoy by seeing the light from the moon forming a gorgeous rainbow on the waters of the falls.
- River Zambezi forms the Victoria Falls as the fourth largest African River succeeding River Nile, River Congo, and River Niger.
- Approximately 600 million cubic liters of water hit every minute on the ground of the Victoria Water Falls.
- The falls are 1708 meters wide and 108 meters height, known as the world largest waterfalls. However, it is neither the highest (Angel Falls) nor the widest (Khone falls).
- Zambezi National Park has been protecting the falls since 1983 and Victoria Falls National Park since January 2013.
- Most of the tourists visit Victoria Falls in the dry season between May to October.
- Elephants visit the falls to eat grasses and fruits growing along the river banks
- Lions, Cheetahs, and sometimes Leopards visit the jungles surrounding the falls but they could not be seen.
- Humans have been living around Victoria Falls for two million years
- The native African people today speak Bantu language, Portuguese and English who live around the falls.
- Horseshoe Falls which is about 95 meters height with the lowest volume of water that dries up first between October and November
- Rainbow Falls in about 108 meters and a beautiful rainbow can be viewed here on a clear climate.
- During the months of September to December Zambezi River’s water level drops down. Daredevils use to swim at the edge of Victoria Falls.
- Cecil John Rhodes planned to construct The Victoria Falls Bridge, but he died before the completion
- When compare to Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls height is approximately two times and its width is nearly one and a half times.
- Seven Natural Wonder (CNN) Organization listed Victoria Falls as the seven natural world wonders.
- Victoria Falls and the adjoining parklands were designated as a World Heritage site in 1989.
Best spots to visit in and around Vic falls:
Zambezi National Park Zimbabwe:
It covers an area of 56,000 hectares along with Victoria falls national park. Larger mammals such as herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala as well as small creatures are a visual treat here.
It is an ancient & largest museum in the Africa. The museum has few segments such as collection of original David Livingstone memorabilia, tribal artifacts, modern-day Zambian history, archaeology, history, ethnography and natural history.
Sunday Craft Market:
Cark park area of the Arcades shopping Centre is the dwelling place of this weekly market. It encompasses Lusaka’s best handicraft, wood carvings, curios, African Prints. Bargaining is a valuable feature here.
Kalimba Reptile Park (Lusaka):
It has another popular name called “Croc Park” that contains even Zambia’s most venomous serpents, giant Nile crocodile, tortoises and other reptiles. The park consists of swimming pool, fishing pond, mini golf course. Croc burger is the Kalimba’s special with a cold beer.
The adventurous activities in Victoria waterfalls:
River boarding, White water rafting, Bungee jump, Bridge activities, Zambia Devils Swim, Zambezi Canoeing, Boiling Pot Hike, Sunset Cruise, Rhino Encounter, Elephant back safari, Helicopter flight over Vic falls.
The best time to visit:
During February and March, the river will be with full of the flood. Every single minute 540 million cubic meters of the waterfall is expected. The water will be at low ebb in the month of November, so the visitors enjoy the curtain split into may smaller channels of falling water.
Accommodate in Vic Falls:
No worries. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, resorts, luxury hotels in and around Victoria waterfalls. Extravagance to budgetary boarding is there for your convenience. Check out and plan your accommodation nearby Vic falls to thoroughly enjoy the trip.