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Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE
  • Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world, is a destination like no other. It is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls were named after Queen Victoria by the European explorer David Livingstone who is thought to be the first European to view the falls. The native name of the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya which means ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Victoria falls is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by roughly a million tourists per year.

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    One particularly popular feature of the falls is Devil’s Pool, a pool at the edge of the falls where people can swim and look over the falls without being pulled over by the current due to a natural rock wall that creates the pool. This can only be done from September to December when the river flow is at a safe level. Devil’s Pool is located on the Zambian side of the falls and is accessed from Livingstone Island, while most of the viewing areas of the falls are located on the Zimbabwean side. Visitors can view the falls from both countries, but there are considerable visa charges involved in doing so, on top of the day pass charges each country assesses to visit the falls. Visitors can find accommodations in Livingstone, Zambia, and the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
    The park is open year-round, but you will get a much different experience depending on the season in which you visit. In the rainy season (November to March), the water volume will be higher and the Falls will be more dramatic. You are guaranteed to get wet if you cross the bridge or walk along the trails winding near the Falls. On the other hand, it is precisely because the volume of water is so high that your viewing of the actual Falls will be obscured -- by all the water!
    In the dry season, (April to October), the water volume will be lower, and by October Victoria Falls might just be a trickle. You will get a clearer view of the rocky ledge beneath the Falls, which is pretty spectacular unto itself, but "the Falls" might be somewhat underwhelming.

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Photos of Victoria Falls
  • Devils Pool Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Devils Pool Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Credit: Annie Griffiths Belt of National Geographic

    Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Photos of Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Zimbabwe victoria falls

    Victoria Falls Zimbabwe victoria falls


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