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Top 10 Unknown Facts about The Victoria Falls

Updated on July 23, 2012
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Victoria Falls provides one with an esthetically pleasing visual experience. A well deserved placement in 'the seven natural wonders of the world', proves a popular destination spot for many. Mount Everest in Nepal, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Northern Lights, Paricutin volcano in Mexico, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, make up these astounding natural wonders.

The Size

Victoria Falls is the waterfall with the widest falling sheet of water on the planet. Ranging from 1600 through 1750 meters wide, it is twice the height of the infamous Niagara falls, and much wider. It is estimated that around 600 million liters of water rushes down each minute.

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The History

According to evolution theorists, the falls were formed nearly 100,000 years ago. This amazing waterfall was named after the great Queen Victoria, and was founded by the famous explorer from Scotland: David Livingstone. Around the 1980s, tourism began to flourish at an astounding rate.

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The Water

Clouds of heavy mist abound from the rushing waters of Victoria Falls. One can expect to amazed by the amount of water that rushes over the falls. The crisp water provides an enhancing appearance. This waterfall is among the most popular, and beloved in the world. Victoria Falls is located between both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and part of two national parks.

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The Weather

With a rain forest climate, Victoria Falls is indeed a beautiful place. Between the months of November through December, it is described as 'low-water season' (which basically brings cooler temperatures). Throughout the rest of the months, the weather is near perfect, and this provides the perfect tourism experience.

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The Surroundings

Victoria Falls is surrounded by lush vegetation. Located in the heart of the Zambezi River, one can experience water at it's finest. Located between two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Victoria Falls National Park, tourism abounds. These national parks are the home to many animals, and insects who thrive off of the water produced from Victoria Falls.

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The Wildlife

Many fish live in the vast waters of the falls. There are an estimated 75 species of fish inhabiting the falls. Many birds, mammals, and reptiles enjoy the lush vegetation surrounding Victoria Falls. Wildlife depends on the surrounding vegetation of the waterfalls, as well as the consistent climate.

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The Colorful Sky

Victoria falls is home to a very thrilling site. Rainbows abound upon the falls, as well as an unexpected visual, commonly referred to as "moonbows". These night rainbows surpass the imagination, and astound tourists. This is often experienced, at night, between the months of May and August.

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The Vegetation

The falls feed the surrounding plants, and trees of the rain forest. The spray from Victoria falls provides the necessary water vegetation needs in order to survive. Many plants surround the falls including palm trees, coco plants, nut trees, and many various shrubs, and flowers. The surrounding plants act as a beautiful backdrop for the falls.

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The Tourism

Tourism has thrived in the falls throughout the last thirty years. As a spectacle, the falls continue to be a popular vacation destination.

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The Formation

As the water eroded the earth, the falls were born, thousands of years ago. Many marvel at the idea of falls forming throughout a specific amount of time. The water rushes, through a random fashion, thanks to the eroded sandstone.

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Many visit this phenomenal site in hopes to experience a visual masterpiece. Upon visiting the falls, one can expect to be overcome with a sense of satisfaction, and an overall esthetically pleasing experience. When visiting the falls in Zimbabwe, one can partake in multiple activities including (but not limited to): canoe trips, safaris, rock climbing, epic rafting, picnicking in nature, swimming, hiking, and even bungee jumping. Experiencing Victoria falls will be a rewarding, stunning, emotional, and physical journey.

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    • AfricaResource profile image

      AfricaResource 

      6 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      A great place to go and visit, in my opinion it's as stunning if not more so than Iguaçu Falls in South America. Well worth a visit and home to some fantastic extreme sports including white water rafting, bungee jumping and canyon swinging!

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      gohard 

      6 years ago

      i just foun out about it

    • SAFlights profile imageAUTHOR

      SAFlights 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you Ava and Craig, always nice to get some positive feedback. I must tell you that the Victoria falls is situated in Zambia, but also in Zimbabwe on the other side...just adding to your smartness Craig :)

      Have a nice day!

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      Craig Suits 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Great hub Saflights...

      I've heard of Victorie Falls before being from New Jersey but honestly, I had no idea where it was or anything else about it for that matter. Thank you for enlightening me. Obviously one of the seven (or eight) wonders of the world and I didn't even know where it was. I owe you a beer.

      Tnx much...I'm a little smarter now than I was 5 minutes ago...

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      Ava Marx 

      7 years ago

      Just Hub hopping and I came across this. These images are great, the views are spectacular. Even if I can't make it to Zambia, I'm glad I made it here! Great page.

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