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The enduring appeal of the Victoria Falls is unrivalled in global and African tourism, offering historical nostalgia, environmental conservation and geological fascination. A World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world, created continuously as the mighty Zambezi River makes a sudden kilometre wide drop and plunges over 100m into a gorge. Two national parks, Victoria Falls National Park and Zambezi National Park, adjoin the Falls site. The locals named the Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders.

The Mbano Manor Hotel design allows the facilities to offer the luxury experience that incorporates the natural beauty of the surroundings.

VICTORIA FALLS

Activities available for visitors to Victoria Falls include – game viewing, white water rafting, nature walks, river cruises, elephant rides, helicopter rides over the gorge, bungee jumping, and day trips to neighbouring countries.

The Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water in the world; it is 1 708m wide, with up to 500 million litres per minute descending at 61m (Devil’s Cataract), 83m (Main Falls), 99m (Rainbow Falls) and 98m (Eastern Cataract).

Eight spectacular gorges of igneous origin (i.e. comprising basalts) and several islands in the core zone serve as breeding sites for four endangered and migratory bird species, such as the Taita Falcon and Black Eagle.

The riverine “rainforest” within the waterfall’s splash zone is a fragile ecosystem of discontinuous forest on sandy alluvium, dependent upon maintenance of abundant water and high humidity resulting from the spray plume of about 500m (at maximum height) that can be seen from a distance of 50km and 30km from Bulawayo and Lusaka roads, respectively.

The Falls and associated eight steep sided gorges have been formed through the changing waterfall positions over a geological time scale. The gorges are an outstanding example of river capture and the erosive forces of the water still continue to sculpt the hard basalts. These gorges take a zigzag course of a distance of about 150km along the Zambezi River below the Falls.

NATIONAL PARKS

The Zimbabwe National Park and local government authorities have successfully managed to maintain the ecological and environmental integrity of the Victoria Falls and to protected it from mass tourism.

The Victoria Falls is significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the Falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows.

This transboundary property extends over 6 860 hectares and comprises 3 779 hectares of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia), 2 340 hectares of the Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe) and 741 hectares of the riverine strip of Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe).