What Are Some Victoria Falls Facts?


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Victoria Falls is located near the middle of the Zambezi, the fourth largest river in Africa. This river traverses six countries including Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. At 5,577 feet wide and between 262 and 304 feet tall depending on flow rate, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world.

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Victoria Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and almost one and a half times as wide. It is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The water spray from Victoria Falls makes the surrounding rain forest the only place in the world where it rains constantly every day. During a full moon, the light from the moon reflecting off of the waterfall's spray creates a rainbow effect commonly called a "moonbow." The moonbow forms with the same shape and colors as a traditional rainbow, but it's only visible at night. Visitors to the Falls in September through December may safely swim to the edge of the Falls if the level of the river is low enough. A pool of water called "the Devil's swimming pool" provides a natural rock wall that makes it safe for swimming as there is no risk of being swept over the side of the Falls by the current.

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