High water level at Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

High water level at Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River offer a spectacular view of the admirable beauty and size, creating a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo tribe living in the area called it in 1800 as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “Smoke that thunders.” The first European to see the waterfalls was the British traveler Dr. David Livingstone, who arrived here on November 16, 1855 with his first expedition into Africa. In his notes he wrote that “the view of the waterfalls is so great that even the angels stop in flight to admire them.”

More recently, Victoria Falls is known as the largest curtain of falling water in the world. A height between 95 to 100 meters and over 1,700 meters wide.

Clouds of water vapor can be seen from a distance of many kilometers, because at the peak of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute falls down the abyss, creating clouds of steam. Floating almost all year round creates a strip of rain forest along the waterfall with unusually rich tropical vegetation. The waterfalls were recognized as one of the wonders of the world, and UNESCO classified them as a World Heritage Site.
It is often said that “he does not know Africa, who has not seen the Victoria Falls”

 

 


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