Victoria Falls Facts that Will Blow You Away

By Focus Online Team on July 25, 2018

As one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, most know something about Victoria Falls! Whether you have been lucky enough to spend time enjoying such an incredible spectacle, or it’s still sitting on the bucket list, here are some of our favourite lesser-known facts about the falls:

Victoria Falls from above

1. Continous Rain

The Victoria Falls Rain Forest is the only place on Earth that it can “rain” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week due to the permanent and powerful spray in the wet season. This continuous spray has created a uniquely fertile environment that is now home to an abundance of flora and fauna species.

Image Credit: Ilala Lodge

2. Naturally Wonderful

Formed over thousands of years by the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World along with the Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Lights.

Victoria Falls

3. Rainbows at Night

Due to the consistent and powerful spray of the falls, especially during the wet season, a rainbow can often be spotted during the day. However, the true magic of this natural phenomenon is mainly visible during a full moon when a “moonbeam” or night rainbow can be seen.

Victoria Falls moonbeam

4. Hidden Pools

When the water levels drop between September and December, the current of the Zambezi slows enough that a small spot overlooking the gorge becomes available for adventurous explorers to enjoy known as the “Devil’s Pool”.

Devil's Pool Victoria Falls

5. Native Naming

Although known to the world simply as Victoria Falls, those native to the area have another name for this incredible feat of nature – “Mosi-oa-tunya’ which translates into “the smoke that thunders” stemming from the deafening roar of the falls.

Victoria Falls

6. Discovering the Falls

Originally discovered by those who first lived in the area, David Livingston heard tails of a majestic waterfall and is said to be the first European explorer to witness the falls in 1855. Livingston decided to rename “Mosi-oa-tunya” after Queen Victoria.

victoria falls history

These are some of our favourite facts about the falls, what are some of yours? To experience the full majesty of Victoria Falls, contact Livingstone’s Adventure and pick your perfect adventure!

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