National Geographic : 1925 Feb
Photograph trom Uardcner 1.Williams VICTORIA FALLS, ON THE CAPE-TO-CAIRO RAILWAY (SEE ALSO PAGES172 AND 173) It was the wish of Cecil John Rhodes, pioneer planner, that the traveler from the tip to the toe inAfrica should come away with the memory of the mist wet on his lips from Africa's greatest waterfall. A spidery bridge balanced above the gorgeofVictoria Falls realizes that dream. The great cataract of the Zambezi River is 1,642 miles from Cape Town by rail. Bukama, the present South-African-system railhead farthest north from Cape Town, is 928 miles beyond the falls. Although this stretch almost equals the United States' shortest transcontinental railroute, yet itisless than half the projected Cape-to-Cairo route. Victoria Falls, discovered by David Livingstone in 1855, are more than amile wide and vary inheight from 256 to 343 feet (see text, page 251).