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Victoria Falls,

waterfall, c.1 mi (1.6 km) wide with a maximum drop of 420 ft (128 m), in the ZambeziZambezi
, river, c.1,700 mi (2,740 km) long, rising in NW Zambia, S central Africa, and flowing in an S-shaped course generally E through E Angola, along the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, and through central Mozambique to the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean, near Chinde.
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 River, S central Africa, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. The falls are formed as the Zambezi plummets into a narrow chasm (c.400 ft/120 m wide) carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the earth's crust. Numerous islets at the crest of the falls divide the water to form a series of falls. The thick mist and loud roar produced there are perceptible from a distance of about 25 mi (40 km). The Boiling Pot, the beginning of a winding gorge (c.50 mi/80 km long) through which the river flows below the falls, is spanned by a 650 ft (198 m) long bridge that is 310 ft (94 m) above the river. The gorge is now partially submerged as a result of the construction of the Kariba DamKariba Dam
, hydroelectric project, in Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi River, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, S central Africa; built 1955–59. One of the world's largest dams, it is 420 ft (128 m) high and 1,900 ft (579 m) long.
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. David LivingstoneLivingstone, David
, 1813–73, Scottish missionary and explorer in Africa, the first European to cross the African continent. From 1841 to 1852, while a medical missionary for the London Missionary Society in what is now Botswana, he crossed the Kalahari desert and reached
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, the British explorer, visited the falls in 1855 and named them for Queen Victoria. The falls are part of two national parks and draw many tourists to the area.

Victoria Falls


one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Located on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, it is 1,800 m in width. The water plunges down over the lip from a height of 120 m into a narrow (130 m) and deep (140 m) gorge of basalt rocks, forming gigantic columns of water spray. The natives call this waterfall Mosi-oa-tunya, “the smoke which thunders,” or Seongo, “the rainbow.” During the course of the year the water discharge varies greatly; on an average it amounts to about 1,400 cu m per sec. These falls were discovered in 1855 by the British explorer D. Livingstone and were named after the British queen.

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FORCE OF NATUR ATURA E Unforgettable sight of Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders
He said, I am delayed in advancing Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company and its vision slightly.
It has to be a helicopter or - even more exhilarating - microlight flight over Vic Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
He went deep into Africa on missions to open up the Zambezi River and find the source of the Nile, and was the first Western European to set eyes on Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders', which he renamed Victoria Falls to please his queen.
NA April 05) please let me inform you that the Tokaleya people, who are indigenous to the area surrounding Victoria Falls, did not call the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya before the arrival of Dr Livingstone to that area.
He said in Victoria Falls, a 100% government-owned company to be recognized as the Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company will take on its balance sheet approximately 300 hectares of land that will be used for development of the country s first integrated tourism eco-theme park.
e He was the first European to see Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall, naming after Queen Victoria.
You can fly into Livingstone and transfer to one of a handful of plush hotels, all within spitting distance of the stunning Mosi-oa-Tunya, or as we call them, the Victoria Falls.
ZAWA contracted Muchinga Wild Game Capture Services in 2012 for the translocation of 450 animals from various national parks to Lusaka National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya in Livingstone.
The jaw-dropping falls - known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders) - is the point where the Zambesi River flows over a cliff side into a massive gorge cut into the earth on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
On February 5 100 years ago the settlement on Constitution Hill was officially named after Dr David Livingstone (pictured), the man who brought the mighty Mosi-oa-tunya to the world and gave them their more familiar name, the Victoria Falls.