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Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia’ “The Smoke that Thunders”


Africa Facts Zone presents Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur are on display at Victoria Falls, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

At that time, the Kololo tribe that lived nearby called it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (literally, “The Smoke that Thunders”).

Victoria Falls: Facts and Information

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia' "The Smoke that Thunders"

The Zambezi River creates the world’s largest sheet of falling water when it crashes over a basalt rock ledge and plunges 354 feet (108 metres) into a strong vortex.

The thunderous sound of the pouring water can be heard for up to 25 miles (40 kilometres) distant.

Mist can float high above Niagara Falls on a wind-free day during the high-water season.

It spans from February to July depending on the rain. This is certainly an amazing natural phenomenon.

More than 500 million cubic metres of water per minute pour over the cliff’s edge and into a 100-meter-deep gorge below during the rainy season.

This creates columns of spray that is seen from victoria falls in zimbabwe miles away.

When measured in terms of height and width, victoria falls in zimbabwe ranks as the world’s greatest sheet of falling water.

It has combined 1,708-metre (5,604-foot) and 108-metre (354-foot) width and height, respectively.

Also Read: World Heritage Site: Lake Malawi, often known as the “Lake of Stars.”

In comparison to Niagara Falls in the United States, victoria falls in zimbabwe is nearly twice the height and nearly double the width of Horseshoe Falls.

Only Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil are larger in both height and width than Victoria Falls. See the table below for comparisons.

Victoria Falls Wild Animals

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia' "The Smoke that Thunders"


Alluvial flatlands is dominated by mopane.

The woodlands is home to species of acacia, teak and ivory palm (Colophospermum mopane).

Hippopotamuses and Klipspringers (a type of antelope) can be found near the falls.

Elephants, giraffes, zebras, gnus (wildebeest), lions and leopards can be found in the woodlands and grasslands. Falcons, eagles, and buzzards call the rocky cliffs home.


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