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Twice the height and 50% wider than Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is truly a spectacular sight. The five separate cascades (Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract) range in height from 200 to 355 ft (61 to 108 m). Known as Mosi-au-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) prior to David Livingstone’s famous expedition, up to 150 million gallons of water crash down upon the rocky surface floor per minute during the peak floodwaters around mid-April; this creates the aforementioned phenomenon: spray that rises up to 1650 feet (500 m) in the air. Visibility is best from July through December when there is less water cascading to the pools below.
Visitors can view the falls along several ground-level vantage points, including the Knife Edge Bridge, from above in an ultralight, helicopter or airplane, or while on a boat excursion to Livingstone Island. Thrill seekers should consider the Victoria Falls Bridge bungee jump or a white-water rafting excursion! 5 miles away from Victoria Falls is the town of Livingstone. Not only is this a transport hub for tourists, it also hosts the Livingstone Museum, which contains exhibits for both the Scottish explorer David Livingstone and Zambian history overall.
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