Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls - Hwange - Matobo

Victoria Falls (Tonga name – Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders”) is a waterfall in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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 metres and height of 108 metres resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855, from what is now known as the Livingstone Island. Livingstone named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, the indigenous Tonga name, Mosi-oa Tunya continues in common usage as well.

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