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Seven Natural Wonders of the World: Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

07 January 2021 13:26

The world's widest falls await

The world's widest falls await

Discover more about the magnificent waterfall perched on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls at a glance:

  • A staggering one-mile wide and 108 metres (360 feet) high, the largest waterfall in the world
  • 200 olympic-sized swimming pools of water fall every minute
  • The falls were named after Queen Victoria by a Scottish missionary

What makes Victoria Falls a natural wonder?

As the largest falling curtain of water in the world, it's no wonder that Victoria Falls earned its place as one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Known as "the smoke that thunders", it's name among locals should give some idea about just how powerful the falls are. Africa's natural wonder is protected by not one but two national parks; Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Victoria Falls National Park.

Victoria Falls in film and tv?

Despite the magnitude of the falls, there are few examples of them in popular culture. A little known film from 1992 saw Christopher Lee play Baker Street's most famous detective in 'Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls'. In local folklore, the River Zambezi, which runs into the falls, is home to a mythological creature with the head of a fish and the body of a serpent. Nyami Nyami the River God is believed to have the unique ability to leave a vivid red trail in the water he swims through.

How can tourists enjoy Victoria Falls?

It may not sound welcoming but a dip in the Devil's Pool, a naturally occurring rock pool at the edge of the falls, is one of the more relaxing ways to take in the sights. If that doesn't take your fancy, the falls open late on nights with a full moon for a chance to see a lunar rainbow. The wonder is one of the few places in the world to see the white arc often known as a moonbow.

What else is there to see and do in Zambia and Zimbabwe?

The River Zambezi hosts a wide range of high adrenaline sports, from white water rafting to bunjee jumping (from a helicopter) over it's many gorges. On the Zambian side of the water there's the option to tour the bush on quad bike and explore local villages. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls Rainforest is the only place on earth to see rain every single day of the year. The weather makes the region a wildlife hotspot.

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