A waterfall on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, which provides habitat for several unique species of plants and animals.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the Victoria Falls are classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. The Victoria Falls are roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice its width.
David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls in 1855, from what is now known as Livingstone Island. Livingstone named his sighting in honor of Queen Victoria, but the Sotho language name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders) continues in common usage.