Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall which straddles the Zambezi River between Zambia and Botswana. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it is over 300 feet high and higher than Niagra Falls in the US and Iguazu Falls in Venezuela/Brazil, it is not nearly as high as Venezuela’s Angel Falls , which plunges 2,648 feet. And, while it is over five thousand feet wide, it is not as wide as Iguazu at over eight thousand. Nonetheless, it is considered the “largest” waterfall in the world, in the sense that it has the largest curtain of falling water in the world.
It is unique in its formation, in that the Zambezi River, which approaches at more than a mile wide, flows in one spot over a cliff and plunges into a ceep narrow canyon, that straddles the river at a 90 degree angle. The water plunges more than 300 feet and sends up an amazing spray of water that rises back to the surface of the surrounding land and rises further into the sky. At high water, this spray can virtually make the falls disappear to a viewer on the ground. For tourists who want to walk from the Zambian side, are offered rain ponchos and umbrellas, to shelter them from the extraordinary spray. The fourth photo, while not artistic, shows the high-water challenge faced by visitors.