Victoria falls is said to the largest curtain of falling water in the world, shared between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. It is 1704 meters (about 1.05 miles) wide, making it the largest waterfall in the world.
This view sparked my interest and I wanted to know more about it and started my virtual travel. Feels like the earth split into two, with a water body on one side and land on the other, for an expanse that needed an aerial view to picture it fully. WOW! Questions arose in my mind about how big were the green patches and do people live there? How do they travel? I got answers to most of my questions 🙂
This map shows the waterfall and how it spans across two countries, and the different names and views of the falls when seen from different points along the shore.
Victoria Falls is separated into five distinct falls. The Zimbabwe side of the river contains four of waterfalls (The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls) while Zambia has the fifth (Eastern Cataract).
Mist – Smoke that thunders
Envy the folks in that glider getting an aerial view of the place. Look at the mist rising from the waterfalls below. It is called as the “The Smoke that Thunders” by the natives. The misty sprays of water that shoot upwards from the falls are known to be seen and heard from miles away!!!
The Tallest of the five falls, Rainbow Falls are 108 meters tall and a rainbow is featured above the beautiful waterfalls. Seems like natives witness a lunar rainbow on full moon days!
Waterfalls and mist raising from it with the backdrop of Sunset and a beautiful orange sky..!!! Wow.. it is a must-see at least once in life! No wonder it is one the natural wonders of the world!
This green patch of land above and between the Main falls & Horseshoe falls is the Livingstone island. People live on this island and use aerial / boat transportation to commute.
While pictures convey a beautiful story and magnificence of Victoria falls, also got to see how climate change was impacting it. The waterfall had run dry due to drought in the region last year (2019). Made me wonder – how does UNESCO protect natural wonders like waterfalls? Looking forward to learn more about it and write about it in a follow-up post!