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VICTORIA FALLS BRIDGE

REALISE AMBITION - Connecting Africa

Type: Parabolic Arch Bridge
Arch Span: 156.5m
Height: 128m
Completed: 1905

Built just downstream from the spectacular Victoria Falls, the Victoria Falls Bridge was a pivotal part of Sir Cecil John Rhodes' ambition to build a railway line from the Cape to Cairo.

Built in just 14 months, the bridge stretches nearly a mile across the Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It was fashioned from materials transported across the gorge by cableway. Consequently, Zambia's copper fields and Central Africa in general were opened up to modern-day transportation and commerce.