The Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls is the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and one the seven natural wonders of the world. 500 million litres of water cascade over the two kilometre wide falls every minute, causing a deafening rumble and a spectacular explosion of spray which can be seen 50 kilometres away, giving the falls the name of The Smoke That Thunders.

The Victoria Falls was originally known by the Koloko tribe as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning The Smoke That Thunders. In 1841 David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, was posted to the edge of the Kalahari Desert. He became convinced of his mission to reach new peoples in the interior of Africa and to convert them to Christianity, as well as freeing them from slavery. In 1849 he first traveled across the Kalahari Desert and in 1852 he began a four year expedition to find a route from the upper Zambezi to the coast. It was during this expedition, in 1855, that he discovered the spectacular waterfall which he named the Victoria Falls, in honour of Queen Victoria.


4 thoughts on “The Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

  • November 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Love it. Never actually got close enough to visit. I did go to Murchison falls in Uganda. Fascinating trip years ago. I believe the name has been changed. 🙂
    Thanks for the trip.

  • March 6, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Great post! Backpacked through Africa for 2 months in 1985 when travelling was much harder but I did manage to see Vic Falls – stunning! Also did the “Flight of Angels’ over/around the falls (a birthday gift) in a 4-seater plane, which was amazing.
    I’m sure this region has changed so much since then and I know that white water rafting is also offered these days.

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      March 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

      The Victoria Falls really is breathtaking, isn’t it?!
      We only had two days there so we had to be very selective about what we were going to do… After a lot of debating we went for a full day whitewater rafting and a visit to the Devil’s Pool – both were amazing and we got to see the falls from the bottom and the top! We looked at the Flight of the Angels too – I am sure it must have been amazing!

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The Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

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