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Victoria Falls – “the smoke that thunders”

The first European to view Victoria Falls, David Livingstone, was a Christian missionary who named the waterfall after his Queen, Victoria. Livingstone Island on the Zambian side of Zambezi River commemorates his discovery.

The local name of the fall, however, can be literally translated as “the smoke that thunders”. And it’s no wonder.  




Although Victoria Falls is neither the highest, nor the widest waterfall on Earth, its water curtain’s stunning grandeur have made it world’s largest fall. It’s easy to see why, having in mind that the noise it makes could be heard from a distance of 20 km (about 12 miles) while its mist rises so high and wide that it could be seen from up to 50 km (about 25 miles).
Where and when to go: Victoria Falls is located in southern Africa, on Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s best to visit from April to October, when waters are not that high and the falls can be closer reached.
What to see: David Livingstone famously noted that Victoria Fal…