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|Aug 1, 2011

Victoria Waterfalls in Africa - Largest and Prismatic Fall in the World

Victoria Waterfalls in Africa - Largest and Prismatic Fall in the World

Just by thinking about Africa alone, perhaps you'll imagine safaris and deserts in most cases. However, mention about the world's largest waterfall, and Africa's Victoria falls should be the first that comes into mind. Victoria falls - particularly located between borders of Zimababwe and Zambia - the largest sheet of falling water in the world, lives up to its name as the adventure capital of Southern Africa. It is indeed an African paradise centered on the showpiece of its 100m high falls and the epicenter of myriad activities as it also coined as the adrenaline capital of the world with its vast array of exciting activities, ranging from the world famous bungee jumping to a vein-popping white water rafting.

Victoria Falls has subsequently known as one of the best when seeking for an adventure-like getaway with its magnificent and spectacular waterfall, Victoria solely proves its existence as one of Africa's most visited attractions for all time. A blog "Bukisa" states that One of the most popular falls in the world is Victoria Falls in Africa. It is popular not only for its breathtaking and scenic views but it is the largest in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders. This more than 1 mile long waterfalls is located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia on the Zambezi River. It is the widest in Africa and forms the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

Victoria falls (c) Zest-pk

Victoria falls offers no shortage of activities and fun-filled entertainments both for couples and groups, any visit to it surely makes a spectacular destination worthwhile. Not to mention the most significant feature in Africa attracting an exponential number of extreme sports lovers, honeymooners and nature lovers. According to Wikipedia, Victoria Falls is one of the most famous falls, considered to be among the Seven Natural Wonders of the WorldDavid Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European recorded to view the Victoria Falls — which he did from what is now known as 'Livingstone Island' in Zambia, the only land accessible in the middle of the falls. David Livingstone gave the falls the name 'Victoria Falls' in honour of his Queen, but the indigenous name of 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' — literally meaning the 'Smoke that Thunders' — is also well known. The World Heritage List recognizes both names. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls' maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls.

Victoria falls (c) Gusjer

More than 2km wide at the point in Zambezi River, it plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and creates a prismatic mist that can be seen even more than 20km away. Another blog author states that Quite a distance before the falls, the Zambezi River flows over a level sheet of basalt, in a shallow valley surrounded by low and distant sandstone hills. The river's course is dotted with numerous tree-covered islands, which increase in number as the river approaches. The Victoria Falls are not the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

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By plane

British Airways, South African Air, and Air Zimbabwe all offer flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Air Zim also offers flights between Victoria Falls Airport and other destinations within Zimbabwe.

By road

The roads within Zimbabwe are relatively good. The most direct way to Victoria Falls overland is from Bulawayo. It's possible to drive in through Livingstone. Crossing an international border with a vehicle, however, will incur a tax. If traveling from Namibia or Botswana the best road is via Kasane in Botswana and across the bridge into Zimbabwe.

By train

There is a direct train route, running every night [Note: fuel shortages puportedly have reduced runs], between Vic Falls and Bulawayo. Considering the exchange rate, the cost for a first class ticket is negligible -- about 21 cents. (Second-class tickets are available, as well, but why bother?) This is a memorable way to travel -- the cars were built in the '50's in England -- although sleeping on the train does not lend itself to a deep, restful sleep. On the other hand, arriving in Bulawayo in the morning, with the day ahead of you, is a real treat. (A tip to make the ride more pleasant: buy a bottle of wine in the local grocery store and enjoy it as you view the coutryside.)

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Wow!!! Africa is truly amazing. The victoria falls is probably one of the most visited place in Africa. It is one of Africa's most magnificient tour attractions in addition to a Masai Mara safari which is one of the wonders of the World with its millions of wildebeest migrating annually and the gorilla tour in Rwanda and Uganda

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