Nestled between Zambia and Zimbabwe is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. Victoria Falls is a waterfall that is 1.7 kilometers wide and 108 meters tall, which makes it the largest in the world. This waterfall has to be seen, as it is a testament of how powerful nature can be.
Victoria Falls is known by the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” and has been an object of intrigue for travelers for over a hundred years. Scottish explorer David Livingstone journeyed to Africa in the 19th century and wrote about his experience with Victoria Falls. In his work Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, he describes the waterfall as something that is so majestic that it is hard to put into words. Victoria Falls still continues to mesmerize onlookers more than a century later.
While the height and width of the falls is astounding, even more interesting is its geological makeup. Other great waterfalls like Niagara were formed by the slow recession of rock over which the river falls, while it seems that Victoria Falls seems to have been formed by a crack across the river. This mighty rift is the reason why spectators can see the entire length of the falls head on.
Visitors travel to Victoria Falls every year to marvel at the power of the river. In 1989, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both geological and ecological values. If your travels will take you to Zambia or Zimbabwe, make sure you adventure out to see the Victoria Falls. It will be an experience you won’t forget.