The Victoria Falls – if you haven’t experienced it first-hand, then you’ve definitely heard of it. Situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is the largest waterfall in the world, and arguably one of the most breath-taking. Here, we’ve put together a list of interesting facts and statistics about the fascinating Smoke That Thunders.
The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – a list which includes Mount Everest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon.
It almost forms the exact mid-point along the mighty Zambezi River’s 2700km passage to the Indian Ocean. With a width of 1708m and a height of 108m, it is classified as the world’s largest single sheet of falling water.
The spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 50km away and locally, it is known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke That Thunders”.
The Victoria Falls was declared a World Heritage Site in 1989. Reasons given include the fact that it is the “world’s greatest sheet of falling water” and as a result of its outstanding beauty, exceptional geological and geomorphological features, and active land formation processes.
Due to the spray from the Falls, the Victoria Falls Rain Forest is the only place on earth that receives rainfall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each full moon, visitors to Victoria Falls stand the chance to witness a moonbow: a rainbow caused by the refraction and reflection of light from the moon.
Many consider the medium to high water season to be the best time to view the Falls; January, February, June and August. During this time, sections of the expansive cliff face are exposed, and often you can see all the way to the bottom of the waterfall while still enjoying a decent amount of spray.
To full appreciate, and experience each of these incredible facts, make sure to book your next, or first trip to Victoria Falls with Vic Falls Accommodation.