A Picture of the Victoria Falls Waterfall

Victoria Falls Facts

  • Waterfall Name: Victoria Falls
  • Type of Waterfall: Cataract Waterfall
  • Waterfall Height: 355 Feet
  • Total Drops: 2
  • Location: Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa
  • GPS Cordinates: 17°55'28"S 25°51'24"E

19 Victoria Falls Facts for Kids

  1. Victoria Falls is a waterfall in both Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.
  2. Victoria Falls is most well-known for being one of the widest waterfalls in the world.
  3. Victoria Falls is a cataract type of waterfall. A cataract is a very powerful waterfall.
  4. Victoria Falls is part of the watercourse for the Zambezi River.
  5. It’s estimated that Victoria Falls started to form around 20,000 years ago.
  6. It’s estimated humans first started to settle near Victoria Falls during the Early Stone Age.
  7. The first European to discover Victoria Falls was Scottish pioneer David Livingstone in 1855.
  8. The widest point of the Victoria Falls waterfall is 5,604 feet.
  9. The highest point of the Victoria Falls waterfall is 355 feet.
  10. Victoria Falls has two different water drops.
  11. The water flow rate at Victoria Falls is 38,340 cubic feet per second.
  12. Victoria Falls is the divider between the Upper Zambezi River and the Middle/Lower Zambezi River.
  13. Currently there are 123 known species of fish living in the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls waterfall is a natural barrier that separates them from the upper and lower part of the Zambezi River.
  14. 84 of the 123 fish species are found above the Victoria Falls in the Upper Zambezi River.
  15. 39 of the 123 fish species are found below the Victoria Falls in the Middle/Lower Zambezi River.
  16. Zambia and Zimbabwe both protect their portion of the Victoria Falls with national parks.
  17. On the Zambia side, Victoria Falls is protected by the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
  18. On the Zimbabwe side, Victoria Falls is protected by the Victoria Falls National Park.
  19. In 1989, the Victoria Falls waterfall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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