Whoever said “don’t go chasing waterfalls“ has never been to the Victoria Falls. The spectacular cascade is considered the largest stretch of falling water in the world and is among the Seven Natural Wonders in the world. But very few people know to visit during the phenomenon that is known as a Moonbow or Lunar Rainbow.
For three days during every month moonbows light up the night sky at the Victoria Falls. It’s one of the few places on earth where this natural spectacle occurs regularly and can be witnessed with ease.
Lunar Rainbows are produced by moonlight rather than sunlight and are far more rare and subtle than their day-time equivalent. When a full moon is bright enough to have its light reflected by a waterfall or raindrops, a beautiful dancing rainbow glistens in the night sky. As the night moves on, the moonbows lower deeper into the gorge, casting their greatest glimpse of colour.
Faint, delicate, and absolutely breathtaking, lunar rainbows are one of Mother Nature’s greatest creative feats. And luckily for Tongabezi, they are best seen and photographed at waterfalls. Perfectly perched along the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy nature’s display in a special way. They arrange dinner with front row seats to a moonbow view.
Inside the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a table is set up in prime position to the side of the spray, complete with delicious food and drinks. The guides time the guests’ arrival at the falls perfectly so they are met with the most dramatic and awe-inspiring view of the rainbow’s night show. Experiencing the Victoria Falls at night, in the mystery of darkness, is as wildly atmospheric as it is romantic.
The best lunar rainbows can be seen during Victoria Fall’s flooding months, between April and August. To plan your visit to Tongabezi to coincide with the possibility of seeing a moonbow, take note of the upcoming 2016 full moon dates and remember to clear your memory card in preparation for the magical sight.