Home | Vic falls facts | Largest waterfall

 

The Largest Waterfall in the World

The Victoria Falls have been billed as the Greatest Falling Curtain of Water on this Planet, making it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world.

They are not the widest waterfall or the highest waterfall but with all dimensions taken into account, including almost the largest flow rate, they are considered to be the biggest curtain of falling water in the world.

Surpassing the magnificent Niagara Falls and Iguacu Falls.

The Victoria Falls lower mean annual flow rate compared to these two giants is only because of the reduced flow it has during the long dry season of Southern Africa.

Size and flow rate chart of Victoria Falls with Niagara and Iguazu for comparison

Parameters

Victoria Falls

Niagara Falls

Iguaza Falls

Height in metres and feet:
108m 360ft
51m 167ft
64-82m 210-269ft
Width in metres and feet:
1 708m 5 603ft
1 203m 3 947ft
2 700m 8 858ft
Flow rate units (vol/sec):
m3/s cu ft/s
m3/s cu ft/s
m3/s cu ft/s
Mean annual flow rate:
1 088 38 422

2 406

85 000

1 745 61 659
Highest recorded flow:
12 600 444 965
8 264 292 000
12 792 452 000

 

Width of Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are 1700m wide and are made up of five different “falls”. Four of these are in Zimbabwe and one is in Zambia. They are known as The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls in Zimbabwe and the Eastern Cataract in Zambia.

Height of Victoria Falls

The Zambezi Rivers' gentle meander through the African landscape is spectacularly interrupted as the river plummets over a knife edge cliff into a narrow chasm below. The height of this chasm varies from 70 m (233ft) to 108m (360ft).

The Devil’s Cataract (70 meters high)

The name comes from the adjacent island in the river where the local tribes used to perform sacrificial ceremonies. When the missionaries arrived in the area they referred to these ceremonies as “devilish” and hence the name was given to this cataract.

Main Falls (93 meters high)

This is the largest waterfall and certainly the most majestic view of the falls. A wide curtain of water, with a peak flow rate of 700 000 cubic metres per minute. The sheer volume over the height of the falls is so great that before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is buffeted by the strong rising winds and turned into mist.

Horseshoe Falls (95 meters high)

As the name suggests these falls are shaped like a horseshoe. This is the section with the least volume of water and will be the first to dry up usually between October and November.

Rainbow Falls (108 meters high)

This is the highest point of all the falls. On a clear day a beautiful rainbow can normally be viewed at this point. A Luna rainbow may also be seen on a full moon lit night.

The Eastern Cataract (101 metres high)

These are the second highest falls and they are situated completely on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls but you can have a stunning view of them from the Zimbabwean side at danger point.

These numbers seem inadequate to relay the awesome size and power of this the largest waterfall in the world. I hope that one day you are able to come and see for yourself…..

Please click on the links to read more interesting facts on Victoria Falls, we have created some webpages on other Waterfalls in the World

We found this website all about the world's most beautiful waterfalls The World of Waterfalls  You'll find info, photos, stories, and travel tips about these wonderful curtains of nature.

 




 

Can't find what you are looking for? Use Google Search to search this site for any term you are looking for..

Custom Search

 


The Vic Falls Bush Telegraph
our Free Quarterly E-Newsletter

Each quarter there's loads of information about conservation and wildlife, a destination update, specials offers and discount packages, traveller tips and stories, book reviews, African folktales, environmental reports, bush recipes, best photo competitions and tons more....

"Your newsletter keeps me informed about new and old and is the best I've seen in a long while - informative, not commercial, just plain perfect!"  I.Skliros

This Quarter we are also giving away a Free Screensaver to Every New Subscriber.

Read More

Email

Name

Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you The Vic Falls Bush Telegraph.


Return from Largest Waterfall in the world to our Victoria Falls home page


Follow
us on


Share with others!




Download This Guide
Today

Finally an E-Guide
That Covers Everything
You'll Need to Know!







[?] Subscribe To This Site

XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines

Follow vicfallsguide on Twitter





Custom Search

Protected by Copyscape Online Copyright Protection Software





Powered by Site Build It

Copyright© 2013 Tony and Boo Peel. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.