Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. They are located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and have about 1.5 km wide, with a maximum height of 128 meters.

David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer, was the first Westerner to see them on November 17, 1855. He gave them the name in honor of Queen Victoria. Its local name is Mosi-oa unya, which means “smoke that thunders”.

The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in conjunction with the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, were included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1989.

A famous feature is the naturally formed Devil’s Pool, on the Zambian side. When the river flow is at a certain level, usually at the end of the year, a rock barrier forms an eddy with minimal current, allowing adventurous swimmers to splash around in relative safety a few feet from the point where the water cascades over the falls.