6 Exciting facts about Victoria falls.
Naturally, humans are curious beings. It becomes more fun when pleasure is attached to our curiosity. As a matter of emphasis, sightseeing is an inevitable spice of human life. Just as there are a lot of activities for human beings to embark on, traveling especially to beautiful places for sightseeing is one of those activities. Humans are wired in such a way that we are curious and eager to see more.
One beautiful experience that can leave you in great awe and make you feel over excited at the sight of all you will see, is the “Victoria falls“
Not everything that falls is pleasing. But in the case of Victoria falls, it is pleasing and beautiful that you would love to behold the wondrous work of nature.
Nature’s wonder: Victoria falls.
Victoria falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi river in Southern Africa. This fall serves as a house (habitat) to several unique species of plants and animals. It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is widely considered as one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
The width of it measures 1,708m which is approximately 5604ft. Obviously, it is rare to see a waterfall of its kind.
It becomes more fun and exciting to know that there is more to the waterfall than you have heard. Here in this article we have carefully outlined some fun facts about Victoria’s falls.
Knowing these facts about the waterfall makes you have a lot on your list while on your visit to South Africa for the purpose of visiting the fall.
By the time you have been introduced to these fun facts about the fall, you will not only have a lot on your list, your craving for a visit will
1.Origin of its name.
Let’s start by telling you the origin of its name. It is perfect to say that the name of this waterfall came from the Scottish missionary named David Livingstone. History has it that the missionary was the first European to see the falls on the 16th of November 1855. Yes, that was a long time ago.
Livingstone sighted this fall from the Livingstone island, one of the two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstreams from the falls near the Zambian shore.
After every form of observation, he decided to name the falls in the honour of Queen Victoria of England. So, till date, the fall is called Victoria falls.
Although the falls is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the fall is categorized as the largest, based on its combined width of 1708 metres(5604ft) and height of 108 metres(354ft), making it the world’s sheet of falling water.
3. A natural wonder of the world.
When you begin to carefully analyze the exciting features of the waterfall, you will indeed see reasons as to why it has been named one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. The attributes of the fall qualified it to be seen as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You really need to see this fall for yourself.
There are different ways of capturing a good memory of the fall. You can do this by taking aerial photographs when you join aeroplane to have a more clearer view of what the fall looks like.
The fall joins the great barrier reef, Grand canyon, the Aurora borealis, the paricutin volcano, the harbour of Rio de Janeiro and mount Everest.
4. It is twice the size of North America’s Niagara falls.
Niagara falls is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States. Niagara falls is recorded to be the largest waterfall (by volume) in North America. As voluminous as this waterfall is, Victoria’s fall is twice the size of this waterfall. It is indeed large.
If you are a true adventurist, you will know how large Niagara falls is. But as large as it is, records still hold that the Victoria falls is twice larger than the waterfall.
Indigenous dwellers within the Zambezi, for reasons best known to them, maybe based on observations and other internal factors, decided to refer to the waterfall in their local language as ” mosi-oa-tunya” which is translated as the smoke that thunders. This was actually the root and original name of the fall before the visit of Livingstone. Following the experiences shared by people who have visited the fall, it is indeed the smoke that thunders.
6. Also known as the devil’s pool.
Who could ever believe that such a wonderful fall is otherwise referred to as the devil’s pool. Although the phrase ” devil’s pool” is better seen as a myth other than a name. This is because no one for sure can trace the true origin of the name.
The most important thing to note is that the devil’s pool is another name used in referring to Victoria’s falls. ALEX BARTLETT, AN ARCHIVIST at the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, says no one knows exactly where the name “Devil’s Pool” comes from. But he’s pretty sure it stems from an old legend, a sort of urban myth, that the Native American Lenape tribe considered the pool an interface between good and evil.