Talk of the 7 natural wonders of the world and you ought to mention Victoria Falls. It was named by Scottish’s David Livingston after his Queen, Victoria. The Falls are also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local “tonga” language which translates to “the smoke that thunders”. Victoria Falls is situated on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia with 75% of the falls being viewable from the Zimbabwean side.
Below we have listed some of the reasons to why you should add visiting Victoria Falls to your bucket list.
Site of the Lunar rainbow
On a full moon at night, the light from the moon bounces off the sprays of water forming a rainbow also know as a moonbow. This rare and magnificent spectacle lasts from sunset till sunrise for 3 days each month from January to sometime in October.
The rain forest
The rain forest though in ecological terms is not a true rainforest, has formed quite a unique ecosystem due to 24/7 of rainfall. As it has become known as an area of dense woodland vegetation supported and nourished by the constant spray from the waterfall.
This special place is home to unique plant and animal life, some of which are indigenous to the area. Their environment is one equally unique, as the rainforest is the only place on earth where it rains all day, every day as a result of water vapour rising from the Falls which then falls as rain in the rainforest.
The activities at one of 7 natural wonders
Once in a while, we go on vacations and we tend to take part in some interesting activities in the places we visit. In Victoria Falls you can do all sorts of cool and crazy stuff, including feeding vultures.
While there is quite a number of what you can do in Victoria Falls. Bunjee jumping, White water rafting, zipline, rain forest tour, game drives, gorge swing and walking with his majesty Simba(Lion Walk) are the unique, interesting, and life daring activities you could ever do.
One of the 7 wonders of the world
In the whole wide world, there are only 7 natural wonders one of them being the falls, recognised popular have been here too, some more than once.
national parks and wildlife
Close to the falls are two national parks namely Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia) and Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe). The national parks contain abundant wildlife such as sizable populations of elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, Grant’s zebra and a variety of antelope. Other animals like Lions, African leopards and South African cheetahs are only occasionally seen. Mischievous monkeys that pick-pocket and wise baboons like the one from Lion King are found here. Just kidding but seriously though vervet monkeys and baboons are common. PS: we all know that movies exaggerate right? monkeys don’t pick-pocket and baboons are not that wise so fear not.
The river above the falls contains large populations of hippopotamus and crocodile. African bush elephants cross the river in the dry season at particular crossing points. Klipspringers, honey badgers, lizards and clawless otters can be glimpsed in the gorges, but they are mainly known for 35 species of raptors. The Taita falcon, black eagle, peregrine falcon and augur buzzard breed there. Above the falls, herons, fish eagles and numerous kinds of waterfowl are common.
Spectacular view of the falls
While known as the world’s largest waterfall Victoria Falls is neither the highest (Angel Falls) nor the widest (Khone Falls). However, it is the largest curtain of falling water on the planet with over 5 million cubic metres of water pouring over the falls per minute. It is one and a half times wider than Niagra Falls and twice as high.
During the wet season, it cascades into a gorge over 100 meters deep. The opposing cliffs that comprise the gorge are made from basalt and rise to the same height.