To The Victoria Falls

The History of a Natural Wonder

To The Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls

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 and the development of travel and tourism to this global icon.

We take you through the history of the Victoria Falls, introducing the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River, the formation of the Victoria Falls, the people of the Victoria Falls and their traditional culture, and the discovery of the Victoria Falls by David Livingstone and the explorers, traders and missionaries that followed in Livingstone's footsteps.

The main sections of this site focus on the development of the railway to the Victoria Falls, the building of the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Victoria Falls Hotel and development of tourism to the Victoria Falls.

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To The Victoria Falls...

A History of the Victoria Falls




The Victoria Falls - A Natural Wonder

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

The Zambezi River
An introduction to the Zambezi River - information, facts and figures, with additional pages detailing Upper Zambezi, Middle Zambezi and the Lower Zambezi sections of the river.

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

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

Victoria Falls Gallery
Browse our Victoria Falls photo gallery and selection of photographs of the Victoria Falls.

History of the Victoria Falls

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

Formation of the Zambezi River
An 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 history of the San bushmen, nomadic hunter-gathers of the region.

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

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

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

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

Enter the Ndebele

The Mfecane
The story of the Matabele people.

Mzilikazi
Mzilikazi, First King of the Matabele.

Matabeleland
The history of Matabeland.

Discovery of the Victoria Falls

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

David Livingstone
Information on 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
The history of the European explorers and adventurers to following in Livingstone's footsteps to the Victoria Falls.

George Westbeech, the trader of Pandamatenga
The story of the first trader to establish himself in the region - George Westbeech.

The Early Zambezi Missionaries
The story of the first missionaries to penetrate to the Victoria Falls region.

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

Development of Rhodesia

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

Lobengula
The story of Lobengula, Last King of the Matabele.

Rhodesia
The birth of Rhodesia.

The Matabele Wars
The history of the Matabele rebellions.

Development of the Railway to the Victoria Falls

Cape to Cairo
The development of Cape to Cairo Railway.

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

Bulawayo or Bust
The history 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 history of the construction of the railway to the Victoria Falls.

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

The Victoria Falls Hotel
The history of the first Victoria Falls Hotel.

The Zambezi Regatta
The history of the first Zambezi Regatta.

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

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

Development of Tourism to the Victoria Falls

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
The beginnings of tourism to the Victoria Falls area.

Early Royal Visits
A look at early visits by members of the British Royal Family.

The Victoria Falls Hotel Rebuilt
The rebuilding of the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Early Aviators
The story of early aviators and their exploration of the skies over the Victoria Falls.

End of the Charter
The transition from Company Administration to self-governing colonial government.

Development of Victoria Falls town

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

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

Royal Visits
A look at the 1947 British Royal visit to the Victoria Falls.

Flying Boats
The romantic period of the flying boat service to the Victoria Falls.

Air Safaris
The growth of commercial air travel and tourism to the Victoria Falls.

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

Recent History
information on the recent development of tourism to the Victoria Falls.

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 Information

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References

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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 key publications are listed on our References page. We warmly welcome any information, references or photographic donations to this website.

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