This week’s Photo Challenge is all about the “wow factor” of a scene or subject that makes a picture stunning. Since I am an outdoor person and a nature lover, I will stick closer to the theme. Here goes….presenting the grand majestic Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Known as the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world because of its height and width creating the largest single sheet of flowing water falling at a rate of 3,000 tons per second.
From the Zimbabwean side, tourists can see a more comprehensive view of the falls at one time and experience its beauty from various perspectives. The park opens at 6 am in time for sunrise, the best time to visit as the sun rises behind the falls.
Victoria Falls can also be accessed from the Zambian side where tourists can take trails along the top of the falls allowing one to have a glimpse of the beautiful gorges and the Zambezi River.
During rainy season, it is better to travel with rain gear or umbrella as there is so much mist and spray from the force of the tumbling water. For those who wants to capture the wow factor of this spectacular wonders of nature, it is advisable to protect your camera from getting wet as the splashing falls almost appear as rain in a rainforest.
One thing that excites me while taking photos around Victoria Falls is the ever present rainbow. Combined with the right water volume and sunlight, a rainbow adds a magical quality giving you a picture perfect panoramic view of the falls.
The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between June to July where the water levels are not high…just the right time to explore its unique trails and rainforest surroundings and to photograph its splendor.