One of the largest waterfalls in the world, it is also one of the most magnificent. Situated at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the 'smoke that thunders'. The first European to see them was David Livingstone in 1855 and he named them after Queen Victoria.
The falls span a width of 1.7 KM and are about 108 meters tall. They are listed as one of the modern wonders of the world and are a UNESCO heritage site. The flow is least in the dry season between October and December although on the Zimbabwe side they are still powerful enough to send enough spray across the gorge that the opposite side has a permanent rain-forest ecosystem. In their full glory in May they are truly spectacular and the flow is greater than the Niagara. On an annual average volume, they are the fourth largest in the world.