Grand Victoria Falls – the largest landmark of African country Zambia, and the majority of visitors arrive here specifically to view this natural wonder for themselves. There is no such thing on the whole planet, so if you are visiting Africa, to behold this wonderful and exciting spot is certainly worth the effort. And the best thing to do, of course, is to order a helicopter ride to see things from the height.
Curious information about Victoria Falls
- Two countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia, can reach the well-known waterfall, but the majority of visitors arrive through the latter, as the tourism industry in Zimbabwe is less advanced.
- With a height of 120 meters, which is not very high, Victoria Falls is the only one in the world that has a height of more than 100 meters and a width of more than a kilometer.
- The earliest European to witness Victoria Falls for himself was the explorer David Livingstone, who arrived with his own expedition in the middle of the 19th century.
- The breadth of Victoria Falls is up to 1.8 kilometers.
- In its neighborhood is virtually impossible to speak, because the roaring of incident water muffles all noise.
- At the brink of the chasm, into which the waterfall falls, it is separated into 4 pieces by river isles.
- In the dry period Victoria Falls flows approximately 350 cubic meters of water per second, and in the wet months – about 30 times more, about 9100 cubic meters per second which is more than one milliards of liters in 2 minutes.
- Even just standing next to Victoria Falls, you can easily get wet, because the air here is saturated with the tiniest water dust.
- The European title “Victoria” was coined by the above-mentioned David Livingstone in memory of British Queen Victoria.
- Over Victoria Falls you can observe not only daylight, but also a rainbow at night, produced by the lunar light.
- There are only 5 overpass bridges spanning the Zambezi River, on which the waterfall is situated.
- Victoria is the only falls in the range of 7 of the world’s natural miracles.
- At the precipice itself has a swimming hole, where desperate visitors can bathe when looking below. It is named Devil’s Font, and every year despite the comparative security, on average, one human loses his life here.
- The waterfalls Victoria became popular in 1905, when the railroad was extended to it.