Posted by: wildsidezambia | April 17, 2012

An stunning view of a lunar rainbow


If you are planning a trip to Livingstone, try and go around the full moon so you can have a good chance of seeing the amazing and unique phenomenon of a ‘Moonbow’ arching over the world famous Victoria Falls.This mesmeric rainbow shines in the moonlight creating a nocturnal light show.  This photo was captured under the gaze of a full moon over ‘The Devils Cataract’ section of the falls.

UK photographer and television presenter Charlie Hamilton James travelled to Cataract Island on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, where he managed to observe this rarely witnessed event. It was published in the Daily News and in the Livingstone Weekly.

This unique event is visible the day before, the day of and the day after the full moon, when the light of the moon is refracted through the mists that rise up from the base of the Victoria Falls. The park remains open until late for these three days to allow visitors to witness this amazing mystical happening. It is an awesome sight and only occurs in few places elsewhere in the world (the Cumberland Falls in Kentucky; in Durham, North Carolina and Waimea on Hawaii’s Kauai Island).

Because of its sheer height (107m high) and the massive volume of water the moonbow over Vic Falls is undoubtedly the most spectacular. The moonbows are best seen in the clear skies and high water levels between February and August when the spray is at its highest.

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