Who discovered the Victoria Falls?


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Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" which means the smoke that thunders. It is located in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

   The Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90 m and 107 m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge  every minute. 

    David Livingstone who was the first European to cross Africa from south to north discovered this awe-inspiring waterfall in 1855. He was fascinated by the beauty of the falls. In 1857 Livingstone wrote that no one in England can even imagine the beauty of this scene. The statue of David Livingstone was erected at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone in November 2005. It features a full body replica of Dr. Livingstone standing with his right holding his journal and his left hand raised to his forehead as he look upon the water falls. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared national parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.

    One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Easter Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.

  Today one of the Victoria Falls Bridge's main attractions are historical guided tours focusing on the construction of the bridge, and which include a walking tour under the main deck. On the Zambian side, there is a small museum about the Bridge which is free to enter and has a cafe selling refreshments. 

    Livingstone Island was opened in 1992 to provide exclusive and unique picnics on the edge of the Victoria Falls. It is a protected area that is only allowed a maximum of 16 people on at any one time. The utmost care is taken to protect and preserve the natural habitat of the area. There is also a railway museum in Livingstone, with several old steam trains, and is a good source of information for railway enthusiasts. The Livingstone Island tour is seasonal and can only be done when the water level of the Zambezi River is low enough to allow safe access to Livingstone Island. This is from approximately late June to early March .

    Devil's Pool Victoria Falls is the world's ultimate infinity pool. The Devils Swimming Pool is available for an even shorter period as the water level has to be really low to allow for safe swimming. Although variable every year this is normally from late August to early January.

   Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the citizens of both Zambia and Zimbabwe no longer have fear of the "the smoke that thunders", and are successfully developing the tourism on both sides of the river.

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Who discovered the Victoria Falls?

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jawabannya adalah David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls.


Soal ini berarti "Siapa yang menemukan Air terjun Victoria?" Untuk menjawabnya bisa dilihat pada kalimat ini "David Livingstone who was the first European to cross Africa from south to north discovered this awe-inspiring waterfall in 1855." Dari kalimat tersebut kita tahu bahwa penemu Victoria Falls adalah David Livingstone.

Oleh karena itu, jawabannya adalah David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls.


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