Victoria Falls Moonbow - Zambia | Livingstone Activities

Photographically the moonbow is best taken from the Zambian Side March - July.

Nat park fee for Moonbow Viewing:

International US$ 30 - Regional US$ 15

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Two locations noted for their frequent moon bow observations are Kentucky's Cumberland Falls and Africa's Victoria Falls. There, the bows form from drops in the waterfall mist.


Visit the Victoria Falls Parks Rainforest on the dates indicated below and enjoy a magical unforgettable night experience in a guided moonlight viewing tour of the Falls.

For three nights each month (one on either side of the actual full moon date) the Rainforest is open for a dramatic lunar rainbow – a rare natural phenomenon (also known as a moon bow or
lunar bow or white rainbow) produced by the moon.

Tour dates for Moonbow 2013 - Lunar Calendar Full Moon

Jan 26,27,28 | Feb 24,25,26 | March 26,27,29 | April 24, 25, 26 | May 24, 25, 26 | June 22, 23, 24 | July 21, 22,23 
Aug 20, 21, 22| Blue Moon 30, 31 | Sept 18, 19, 20 | Oct 17, 18, 19 | Nov 16, 17, 16 | Dec 16, 17, 18

The best time to see Victoria Falls, moonbow, is during a full Moon, at times of high water – the months of January to July.The spray can be seen for miles, and on a clear, bright, moonlit night (usually from March to July ) it forms something called a “moonbow” — reputedly one of the most staggeringly beautiful natural phenomena on the planet.It is then that the light of the moon is refracted through the mists that rise up from the base of the Victoria Falls.

To look on the delicate Lunar Rainbow, which the light of the moon shining through the spray creates, is a natural wonder without equal.When the Moon is Full, it rises at sunset and is visible all night long. At the end of the night, the Full Moon sets just as the Sun rises.

This unique event, is visible the day before, the day of and the day after the full moon.

The lunar rainbow is best seen at times of high water Jan to July – the months of March, April, May, June and July are ideal as clear skies are normal and the spray has subsided to a point where the falls are visible.

A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow) is a rainbow that occurs at night. Moonbow's are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light from the Moon. As with rainbows, they are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.

For obvious reasons, Moonbow's are most easily viewed during full moon, just after astronomical twilight in the evening or before astronomical twilight in the morning (i.e. when the moon is low, not overhead).

The pickup point is the Royal Livingstone Hotel at the sun deck 5-10 minutes before the activity.

Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel.


All pick ups from Kingdom Hotel - Zimbabwe are 30 minutes before the actual activity e.g. for lunch, its at 12h00 o'clock with lunch at 12h30.

Transfer Price from Zimbabwe: US$ 35

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