Africa's Victoria Falls is a world wonder

An up-close view of the falls from Livingstone Island.
An up-close view of the falls from Livingstone Island. PHOTO: JOHN HENG
A magnificent sight to behold.
A magnificent sight to behold. PHOTO: JOHN HENG
An elephant greets visitors cruising past on the Zambezi River.
An elephant greets visitors cruising past on the Zambezi River. PHOTO: JOHN HENG
A tranquil section of the Zambezi River.
A tranquil section of the Zambezi River. PHOTO: JOHN HENG

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Christian missionary, intrepid explorer and soon-to-be famous Dr. David Livingstone was deep in the heart of Africa, mapping the course of the Zambezi River in August 1851, when he first heard about a mighty waterfall some distance downstream.

A local tribal chief described the falls to him with the words mosi-oa-tunya, or "smoke sounds there", and Livingstone decided to discover exactly what he meant by that.

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