Victoria falls facts: Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water are rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers.
The recent geological history of Victoria Falls can be seen in the form of the gorges below the falls. Over at least 100,000 years, the falls have been receding upstream through the Batoka Gorges, eroding the sandstone-filled cracks to form the gorges.
The falls have already started cutting back the next major gorge, at the dip in one side of the “Devil’s Cataract” (also known as “Leaping Waters”) section of the falls. This is not actually a north-south crack, but a large east-northeast line of weakness across the river, where the next full-width falls will eventually form.
Top 10 Victoria Falls Facts
If you are among those visitors who are looking for the Victoria falls facts, here are 10 most interesting Victoria falls facts, that make it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
- Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. It is situated at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- In 1989, the Victoria Falls became a World Heritage Site, meaning it belongs to all the people of the word, irrespective of the territory on which the different World Heritage sites are located.
- Victoria Falls location, halfway from its source to the sea, seems to dissect Zambezi river. River Zambezi rain forest receives rainfall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because of the continuous spray from Victoria Falls.
- During the months of September to December, tourists enjoy ‘toying with danger’ on the edge of the waterfalls at the naturally formed Devil’s Swimming Pool.
- During sunset on a full moon, Victoria Falls forms a strange, breathtaking sight as the moonlight bounces off its spray to bring forth a beautiful rainbow; a nighttime rainbow. This wonder is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.
- River Zambezi, the river that forms the Victoria Water Falls is the fourth largest African River after River Nile, River Congo, and River Niger.
- The Victoria Waterfalls seems to dissect the River Zambezi almost by two. It sits halfway the 1677 miles from the source to the sea.
- A Victoria Falls tour is not complete without seeing one or all of Africa’s big five trodding within a 10 km radius either at the Victoria Falls National Park or Zambezi National Park.
- The crossings at Victoria Falls bridge were made from the Old Drift which is up river from the falls because of the dangers faced from the strong currents as the water rushed over the falls.
- It is estimated that roughly 600 million cubic liters of water hit the ground every minute on the Victoria Waterfalls.