To The Victoria Falls

A Natural Wonder

Welcome 'To the Victoria Falls'. This website aims to bring you the wonder of the Victoria Falls through a look at its natural and human history. See our sections on the formation, discovery and development of the Falls, together with information on it's people, flora and fauna. If you are planning to visit the region, this is the place to research what to see, where to go and when to do it!

The Victoria Falls - A Natural Wonder

Introduction to the Victoria Falls
An introduction to this website and Victoria Falls.

The Zambezi River
An introduction to the Zambezi River - facts and figures.

The Victoria Falls
An introduction to the Victoria Falls - facts and figures.

A Tour of the Falls
A descriptive tour of the Victoria Falls National Park.

Falls Gallery
Browse our Victoria Falls photo gallery.

Formation of the Victoria Falls

Origins of the Victoria Falls
Background information on the origins of the Victoria Falls.

Formation of the Zambezi River
A brief introduction to the formation of the Zambezi River.

Formation of the Victoria Falls
A brief introduction to the formation of the Victoria Falls.

Future of the Victoria Falls
Discussion on the possible future development of the Victoria Falls.

People of the Victoria Falls

Early People
An introduction to the indigenous people of the Victoria Falls region.

The San
A look at the San bushmen, nomadic hunter-gathers of the region.

The Valley Tonga
A look at the Tonga people of the middle Zambezi valley.

The Toka-Leya
A look at the Toka-Leya people, local to the Victoria Falls area.

The Lozi
A look at the Lozi people of the upper Zambezi valley.

The Makalolo
A look at the Makalolo people of the Victoria Falls region.

Enter the Ndebele

The Mfecane
.

Mzilikazi
.

Matabeleland
.

Discovery of the Victoria Falls

Early Europeans
An overview of the early European explorers to the southern African region.

David Livingstone
David Livingstone and the discovery of Lake Ngami.

Discovery of the Upper Zambezi River
The discovery of the Upper Zambezi river by David Livingstone and William Oswell.

Discovery of the Victoria Falls
The discovery of the Victoria Falls by David Livingstone.

Livingstone's Second Expedition
An overview of Livingstone's Second Expedition to the Zambezi river.

In Livingstone's Footsteps

Thomas Baines and James Chapman
The arrival of Thomas Baines and James Chapman at the Victoria Falls.

In Livingstone's Footsteps
A look at the European explorers and adventurers to following in Livingstone's footsteps to the Victoria Falls.

George Westbeech, the trader of Pandamatenga
.

The Early Zambezi Missionaries
.

First Photographs
First Photographs of the Victoria Falls, by Frank 'Zambezi' Watson.

Development of the Rhodesias

Colonial Powers
A look at the background to European colonial interests in the region.

Lobengula
.

Rhodesia
Rhodesia.

The Matabele Wars
The Matabele Wars.

Development of the Railway

Cape to Cairo
The Cape to Cairo Railway.

The Coming of the Railway
The story of the early development of the railway north.

Bulawayo or Bust
The story of the development of the railway to the Bulawayo.

European Settlers
A history of the first European settlers to the Victoria Falls.

To The Victoria Falls
The story of the development of the railway to the Victoria Falls.

The Victoria Falls Bridge
The story of the construction of the Victoria Falls Bridge.

The Victoria Falls Hotel
The story of the development of the Victoria Falls Hotel.

The Zambezi Regatta
The story of the first Zambezi Regatta.

The Victoria Falls Power Scheme
The story of the development of the Victoria Falls Power Scheme.

To The Congo
The story of the development of the railway north of the Zambezi.

Development of Tourism

Percy M Clark
A look at Percy Clark, the first resident of Victoria Falls.

Zambezi International Regatta
The story of the 1910 Zambezi International Regatta.

The Beginning of Tourism
A look at the beginnings of tourism to the Victoria Falls area.

The Age of Air
A look at the development of flights to and around the Victoria Falls.

Royal Visits
A look at the Royal Visits, including that of 1947.

Life Magazine Gallery
A photographic gallery of images taken by Life photographer Eliot Elisofon in April 1947.

Political Perspectives
A very brief overview of the modern political history of the region.

Growth of Victoria Falls town
A look at the development of Victoria Falls town.

Recent History
An introduction to the Victoria Falls today.

Image Gallery
Image Gallery.

Ecology of the Victoria Falls

Flora of the Victoria Falls
An introduction to the flora of the Victoria Falls area.

Fauna of the Victoria Falls
An introduction to the fauna of the Victoria Falls area. [In Development]

General

Contact Us

Links

References

Victoria Falls Guide

This Website has been developed using historical information researched from a wide variety of sources, including books, magazines and websites etc too numerous to mention or credit individually, although many key references available on the internet are shown on our Links page, and key publications are listed on our References page. Many of the images contained in this website have been sourced from old photographic postcards. Images and all other supporting information contained in this website, apart from the text written by the author, are freely available within the public domain (on websites and in other media). We warmly welcome any donations of photographs or information to this website.

Website text © Copyright Peter Roberts 2012, All Rights Reserved.

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