Victoria Falls is a city situated in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe with a population of approx. 38000 and draws about 1,5million visitors annually. The city was upgraded from a Municipality on the 09th of December 2020. In terms of SI 4 of 2022 the City was a designated as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) – (International Financial Services and Tourism). The city is bounded by national parks namely Zambezi and Victoria Falls national parks where an assortment of wild animals is found and is endowed with a majestic river. At this point of the river are the mighty, world-famous Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. The city is divided into 11 wards.
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-Oa-Tunya (The smoke that thunders) is where the mighty Zambezi River suddenly plunges into a narrow gorge of over 100 meters deep, forming one of the world's largest and most beautiful waterfalls with millions of gallons of water plunging over a 1,7 km-wide cliff. It derives its name from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World or the most beautiful gem of the earth's scenery. Life in this town has been reduced to the very word 'coexistence'. Men respect wildlife and a mutual understanding of the environment between the two has been built. These natural components draw tourists from all over the world.
The first European to visit the Victoria Falls was David Livingstone (his statue still stands on site) on November 16, 1855, who named it in honour of his Queen but the local inhabitants, the Kololo, had already christened the Falls, Mosi-Oa-Tunya meaning 'the smoke that thunders'. Livingstone was so fascinated by the magnificent Falls that he further noted that, 'on sights as beautiful as this, Angels in their flight must have gazed' – David Livingstone.