The gorge, from the Zambezi side. Photo by DoctorJoeE

The incredibly majestic Victoria falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s considered the biggest waterfall by water debit, and the falls generate mists that can be spotted from more than 20 km away.

Artifacts of Homo habilis dating from 2 million years ago have been found near the waterfall, indicating that the surrounding has been inhabited by humanity’s ancestors. Much more recent tools, 50,000 years old have also been found in the area.

But the beauty of the falls is threatened by runaway tourism: more resorts, hotels and even a possible dam below the falls are planned for construction.

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