You may wonder if there is a big difference between staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls; i.e. the towns of Victoria Falls vs Livingstone? With a whopping 75% of the Victoria Falls seen from Zimbabwe, and 16 different viewpoints bisecting the rainforest, you’d think it’s an obvious choice. Well yes, at certain times of the year it may well be. But there are a number of pluses for both sides to check out before your decision.
All can agree that Mauritius makes for a great beach holiday destination. But there’s remarkably little consensus about which are the best beaches in Mauritius as so many subjective factors come into play.
Some criteria are very specific. The very best spot for windsurfing and kite-surfing is Le Morne in the south-west. However most visitors are looking for a broader appeal. Many favour the mile-long stretch of white sand at Flic-en-flac on the west coast. This region has remained in vogue for decades. The deep lagoon makes it good for swimming, diving and snorkelling. And the west coast is protected from the summer trade winds.
There can be few more moving experiences than meeting the brown-eyed gaze of the hugely endangered mountain gorilla. This is what makes gorilla tracking in Africa one of many people’s top ‘bucket list’ experiences. You must be prepared to trek for up to 6-7 arduous hours for the reward of an encounter with a 220kg ‘silverback’. But the anticipation is matched only by the euphoria after the hour-long audience. Uncontrolled hunting and the accelerating human encroachment into its habitat mean that the mountain gorilla is on the brink of extinction. Due to conservation efforts, numbers are once again slowly increasing. Now about 700 individuals in the wild.
Roughly half live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the remainder in the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Gorilla families can roam freely in the Virungas, crossing borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has been set up to protect both the Virungas mountains and its wildlife. Here a handful of family groups have become habituated to limited human contact.