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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Victoria Falls: The Smoke That Thunders

Location: Southern Africa, between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Known to be: The largest falls in the world
Introduced to the western world by: David Livingstone
Date Discovered: November 17, 1855

Located between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, lies the magnificent and captivating Victoria falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (smoke that thunders) to the natives. It is The largest falls and is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The falls are twice as tall and several times longer than Niagara.

It took thousands of years of erosion to create what is now the great Victoria falls. It only became known to the western worlds after Scottish missionary David Livingstone first set eyes on the spectacular wonder in 1855.

Livingstone first heard about Mosi-oa-Tunya in 1851 but it was only in 1855 that he set out to visit Victoria Falls. The area was sacred to the Batoka and other local tribes. Together with Chief Sekeletu of the Makololo, they paddled in a small canoe to an island in Zambezi to approach the thundering smoke. 

They landed on the biggest island on the lip of the falls that is now called as Livingstone Island and from there he approached and gazed down the wall of spray. He named gave the english name Victoria falls in honor of Queen Victoria.

The falls is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest and the greatest known curtain of falling water. The powerful Zambezi River provides the water supply for the falls.

Victoria falls is an awe amazing view to behold. Its spectacular curtain of waters that falls captivates people from all around the world. It is a natural wonder that is deeply rooted in the heart of Africa.

"No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight" (Livingstone 1857);u=87;sa=summary;area=summary;u=1191;u=10322;sa=summary;u=5487;sa=summary;u=248172;sa=summary

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