I live in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, so it never occurred to me that someone wouldn’t know where this marvel is! From today, you too will know where Victoria Falls is located, which river it is in and what country you need to visit to see it. Included in this post is an infographic with the basic information and facts.
Where or what is Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls is a Waterfall, Town and a National Park.
- The Victoria Falls Waterfall is shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia.
- The Victoria Falls town is in Zimbabwe – Africa
- The Victoria Falls National Park is home to the larger part of the Victoria Falls Waterfall on the Zimbabwean side.
- Mosi-oa-Tunya is the other name given to the Waterfall.
- It is also, the name of the National Park which has the smaller portion of the Falls: on the Zambian side.
Where can you find the Victoria Falls Waterfall
- Found in Southern Africa halfway along the Zambezi River.
The Zambezi River is the 4th longest river in Africa flowing through 6 other countries. Starting in Zambia winding through Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and lastly Mozambique where it naturally seeps into the Indian Ocean.
- The Falls are along the country borders of both Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The following points are included in the inforgraphic below. Save it for future reference.
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Claim to Fame
- One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
- On the UNESCO World Heritage List
- The largest curtain of falling water in the world
The Smoke that Thunders – a translation of Mosi-oa-tunya.
The perfect name, given for this spectacular wonder!
Where is Victoria Falls?
17° 55′ 28″ S. 25″ 51′ 24″ E
Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Falls / Mosi-Oa-Tunya
Measurements – How big is it?
1,708m – width of the Waterfall
108m – Highest Point
1 – Water Drop
VICTORIA FALLS is name to the –
- National Park
View Points – 19
- 15 Zimbabwe side
- 4 Zambian Side
Dr David Livingstone named this waterfall Victoria Falls in 1855 for the British Queen Victoria.
The town Livingstone in Zambia is named after Doctor Livingstone.
Source – The Zambezi River
Eight steep basalt gorges have been formed through the changing waterfall positions over time.
The eight gorges are a breeding site for four species of endangered birds.
Source Material: UNESCO website
How was the Victoria Falls formed?
Here is an excellent video done by UNESCO/NHK. I am fully aware that this video does not play on this site, it suggests you watch it on their site. Enjoy, but remember to return for more tips on travel to Vic Falls here. 🙂
Video by UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Well, there you have it! Now you too know where this amazing wonder lives and how it was formed. We hope you get to see the Victoria Falls/Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall for yourself one day: it’s truly impressive. Come back here and tell us about it!