Facts on Victoria Falls. If you think Niagara Falls is amazing wait until you see Victoria Falls! Have you ever heard of a "moonbow?" That's what I'm after on this trip.
The native name is Mosi oa Tunya or "smoke that thunders." In researching the facts on Victoria Falls, I learned that it is much larger than Niagara Falls.
The Zambezi River is 1700 meter (1 mile) at the edge. Then it abruptly falls off the edge, plunging 100 meters (330 feet) to the bottom.
The impact generates mists and sounds of thunder you can experience from as far as 50 miles away. To compare, at Niagara Falls, the largest Canadian Horseshoe Falls drops only 52 meters (170) feet!
Facts on Victoria Falls claim that it is the largest waterfall in the world based on the width of 1.7 km (1 mile) and height of 108 meters (360 feet). It does not claim to be the highest or widest, but the combination of those two dimensions form the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
It is literally a wall of water!
The best time to go is in between the rainy and dry season The best rim view is from the Zimbabwe side (you may want to check out this 3-Day Victoria Falls Tour with Round Trip Flight from Johannesburg from our partner site)
For the best base-level view, you can cross a bridge, then walk down a rain forest footpath on the Zambia side.
Facts on Victoria Falls say that only Iguazu Falls shared by Brazil and Argentina even comes close, understandably ranking this natural treasure among the seven natural wonders of the world.
So what is a "moonbow?" At full moon a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray that can shoot as high as 400 meters (1300) feet into the air, instead of the usual daylight rainbow! Facts on Victoria Falls say that May to August is the best time to see a "moonbow."
That will just make my trip!
According to facts on Victoria Falls, it took 100,000 years to form the falls, and evidence suggests that we are not living in the age of the widest ever falls!
The size of the gorges indicate that they have been larger. Archeological sites have also discovered Homo Habilis stone artifacts from 3 million years ago.
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So where am I going to stay?
You know. It was a tough decision. I've chosen the Lokuthula Lodges at the falls' Zimbabwe rim, but will constantly monitor the political situation in Zimbabwe.
Facts on Victoria Falls indicate that up to the end of the 1990s the Zimbabwe side saw about 300,000 visitors per year. But once President Robert Mugabe took over, visits dropped dramatically.
Most people are choosing to visit the Zambia side now instead. Well, and with good reason! As of right now, Zimbabwe has the highest inflation rate in the world - 231%.
It sounds unimaginable!
So why would I dare go to the Zimbabwe side with these current facts on Victoria Falls? Well, I will monitor the safety of the situation, but because the Lokuthula Lodges is rated as a silver crown resort by RCI, and because I am unaffected by inflation because my timeshare exchange rate is guaranteed (except for buying groceries), I really want to enjoy the rim view to catch a full moonbow.
Besides, hotels on the Zambia side, as a result of the situation, are at near capacity with the least expensive costing up to $744 USD per night! If Zimbabwe's political situation stays the same or worsens -- I'll wait it out, and trust that the people of Zimbabwe just won't put up with Mugabe for much longer!
So how much? About $200 per week! I'm not kidding!
Can you imagine walking to the rim with your sweetheart under a full moon, hearing the thunder, feeling the spray on your skin AND seeing a full "moonbow?" Wow!
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