The Victoria Falls are located on the Zambezi River between the South African countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Though not the highest waterfalls in the world (420 ft.), they are considered by many to be the most spectacular, with a chasm in front where the water falls, allowing the viewer to see them face-on.  

Victoria Falls' original inhabitants were hunter-gatherers known as Khoisans (or Khois), one of two major ethnic groups in southern Africa. The Khois eventually added the herding of cattle and goats to their resumes, differentiating them from the San. The Tokaleya people group eventually settled in the area, and still have villages near Victoria Falls. Eventually becoming their neighbors were the Nbele (on the Zimbabwe side), who were a fracture group that split off from loyalties to the Zulus and King Shaka in 1820.

A man of almost mythical proportions in the minds of many, Scottish explorer, David Livingstone is presumed to have been the first known European to feast his eyes on Victoria Falls in 1855. He named the falls after her majesty, Queen Victoria. Other European visitors, early on, were Portuguese explorer, Serpa Pinto and British artist, Thomas Baines, who brought the outside world the first renditions of falls. It wasn't until 1905 and the building of the railway that Europeans began to visit the area enmasse.