Where is Victoria Falls? This majestic waterfall is on the Zambezi River which forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia for about 80 km’s above the Falls. In the Tonga Language Zambezi means “Great River” which is a very apt description for this majestic river that either crosses or forms the boundaries of six countries—Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
The Zambezi River has its source in Zambia, close to the confluence of the Congo, Angola and Zambian borders, from where it flows to the Indian Ocean over a total distance of 2 574 km, giving it the distinction of being the fourth longest river in Africa.
On its journey to the Indian Ocean, the Zambezi River flows through changing landscapes that make the rivers journey through the savannah plains, deep gorges, rapids and cataracts an eye-catching and ever-changing force of nature. The river has the reputation of being one of the finest and least spoilt rivers in the world as well as one of Africa’s last remaining wild rivers.
Elephants are common over much of the river’s course, as well as crocodiles which abound in the Zambezi Rivers slower flowing stretches of water, with Hippopotamuses also found in the upper and lower stretches of the Zambezi. Game animals including buffalo, eland, sable, roan, kudu, waterbuck, impala, duiker, bushbuck, reedbuck, bush pig and warthog are regular sightings in the Parks and on the riverbank. Of the big cats, lions can be found in the National Parks both in Zimbabwe and Zambia along the river’s course, with rare sightings of cheetahs. Leopards, rarely seen during the day, are common, both in the plains and the river gorges. Baboons and monkeys are also common throughout the region.
It is a spectacularly beautiful waterway with its main attraction being the mighty waterfall, which is designated as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. By the time the river cascades over the precipice and into the narrow gorges below, it is more than 2km wide.
Where is Victoria Falls Located?
The Falls is situated in the north west of Zimbabwe with the town a few kilometres from the waterfall. As the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this distinction controls the development of the area to keep the surrounds as natural as possible, which gives the visitor the same unparalleled view and feeling of awe as David Livingstone would have felt when he first experienced “Mosi-oa-Tunya“.
The waterfall is surrounded by National Parks, both in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe and lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the Falls. Along the Zambezi River is the small Victoria Falls National Park which protects the south and east bank of the Zambezi River and extends from the larger Zambezi National Park (which is located upstream), about 6 km above the precipice to about 12 km below the waterfall.
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