Fun Fact 3: The Victoria Falls is not the highest or widest waterfall in
the world; however, it is the longest, unbroken waterfall of water on
Earth. The water drops to the measure of 108 meters!
Fun Fact 4: When compared to other famous waterfalls, the Victoria Falls
is around two times wider then the Horseshoe Falls and three times
higher than the Niagara Falls.
Fun Fact 5: The Victoria Falls form part of the Zambezi River in Africa.
The river cascades spectacularly between the Zimbabwe and Zambia
Fun Fact 6: The Victoria Falls are very wide measuring up to 1,708
meters across, producing a vapor cloud which rises up from the gorge to
around 400 meters.
Fun Fact 7: The vapor cloud is formed by the rising spray from the
tumbling water and can be seen from up to 50 kilometres away! From such
a distance, the vapor does in fact look like clouds of smoke opposed to
droplets of water.
Fun Fact 8: The Victoria Falls were created by fracture which occurred
naturally in the basalt rock which lies under the area. This fracture
caused a great crack in the Earth.
Fun Fact 9: This crack in the Earth has formed the awe inspiring
Victoria Falls. The rock continues to erode as masses of water fall over
the edge. The crack measures 108 meters deeps in some places.
Fun Fact 10: The Victoria Falls provides one of the most incredible
sights, particularly as its vapor creates rainbows which are not only
visible during the day, but also during night time hours when a full
moon occurs! This is a spectacular and rare sight to witness. Night time
rainbows are also known as moonbows!
Fun Fact 11: The waterfalls have formed over many years and more will
form in the future as the rocks erode and waters cascade, falling to the
gorge, hitting and joining the river below.
Fun Fact 12: David Livingstone was the first European to witness the
breath-taking waters of the Victoria Falls. He arrived at the falls in
1855 by canoe.
Fun Fact 13: The name of the waterfalls derived from the European
explorer, David Livingstone, who named them 'Victoria' after the British
Fun Fact 14: The Victoria Falls attract visitors from across the world.
It is possible to swim at the edge of the falls during certain times of
the year. There is a natural wall of stone at the edge which prevents
swimmers from cascading over.
Fun Fact 15: The appearance of the falls differs depending on the amount
of water falling over the edge. When there is less water, individual
streams of water form and fall from the lip of the waterfall