THE VICTORIA FALLS

The Victoria Falls so named on the 17th November 1855 by David Livingstone after his monarch Queen Victoria is situated almost half way along the 2700 Km long Zambezi River. At peak flood, it boasts the largest curtain of falling water in the world making it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Around mid-April the volume of water that flows over the falls is around 625 million litres per minute. In recent history this peaked at 700,000 cubic Metres during the flood of 1958 when the river rose 18 m in the gorges. Incidentally the massive flood also broke the coffer dam downstream at Kariba where the construction of the Kariba dam was under way.
The current falls are approximately 1700 m wide and between 80 to 108 metres high. During the past 2 million years, the Zambezi has cut gorges which were once the main falls extending up to 8km downstream of the present Victoria Falls.
A visit to the Falls never ceases to amaze and even David Livingstone was so overwhelmed that he wrote “It has never been seen before by Euopean eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”

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