The Victoria Falls

On the Zambezi River lies the famous Victoria Falls, indigenously known as 'the Smoke that Thunders'. Recognised as a World Heritage site with a width of 1,708 metres (5,604ft) and a height of 108 metres (354ft) the spectacular cascade is considered the largest stretch of falling water in the world and among the world's Seven Natural Wonders.

David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to visit the falls. He named them Victoria Falls in honour of his Queen. In turn Queen Victoria named the island from where Livingstone first viewed the falls Livingstone Island. It is the only accessible land in the middle of the falls.

The Lunar Rainbow

The Lunar rainbow can be experienced for 3 days during full moon at high water levels at the Victoria Falls. What is a Lunar Rainbow? A full moon is bright enough to have its light reflected by raindrops just as is the case for the sun. Moonlight is much fainter of course, so the lunar rainbow is not nearly as bright as one produced by sunlight but it is an ethereal sight worth seeing. Lunar rainbows have been observed since at least the time of Aristotle. Months that are famous for the best Moon bows are April, May, June, July and August.

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The Victoria Falls Gallery