When the dust had settled after Emmerson Mnangagwa’s dramatic takeover of Zimbabwe, he made some key appointments to his cabinet.
One of those appointments was Priscah Mupfumira, who was named as the new minister of tourism and hospitality. Zimbabwe’s tourism had declined drastically over the last decade, which is such a pity. It’s a lovely country with many wonderful tourists attractions.
The Victoria Falls are probably the best known of these attractions. It’s a good time to see them, as they tend to be at their most ferocious during February and March, but don’t take our word for it – just look at National Geographic’s footage below.
Here are 5 facts you might not have known about these majestic falls:
- The Zambezi’s flow is at its lowest from September to December and that’s when the daredevils come out to play. There is a pool right at the edge where a person can swim relatively safely when the water is low. It’s called the Devil’s Pool.
- The falls are named Victoria in honour of Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch in 1855 when Livingstone first discovered the falls. The locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means smoke that thunders.
- It is a world heritage site, which means it belongs to all the people in the world.
- The falls are almost exactly halfway between the Zambezi Rivers’ journey from its origin point to the point where it flows into the sea.
- It’s one of the few places you can see a moonbow. Moonbows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the Moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air.