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Location: Zimbabwe and Zambia

Height: 354 ft (108 m)

Age: 200 million years

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is an impressive waterfall situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the most famous natural landmarks on the African continent. Victoria Falls was formed 200 million years ago due to geological shifts of plated underneath the Zambezi river. Victoria Falls reaches a height of 354 ft (108 m). The first European traveler and missionary who visited Victoria Falls on 16th November 1855 was a Scottish doctor, missionary and an explorer David Livingstone. He was also the one who named it Victoria after famous British Queen Victoria who ruled over United Kingdom at the time. Victoria Falls were rarely visited until 1905 when a railroad was built in its vicinity.
 
The local native tribes that lived around Victoria Falls called it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" that means "Cloud that Thunders". It wasn't considered sacred, but many tribes superstitious feared approaching these lands. It is probably more descriptive name given that the sound of rushing water can be heard at the distance of 40 kilometers. Mist from the falling water can reach a height of 400 meters. Today Victoria Falls are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and protected by the official of both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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