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Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi River

Through the Batoka Gorge

Approaching the Zambezi River for the first time was like stepping from a room of silence into one of chaos. The rushing water of the river slammed over rocks, creating rapids with chalky white caps. Yet despite this first impression, after taking in a deep breath, it took only seconds to relax amidst the natural beauty.

Touted as the adventure capital of Eastern Africa, Victoria Falls is a stop that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Zimbabwe. While the falls themselves are the star, it’s the activities in the vicinity that get your adrenaline flowing. We wanted an up-close look at the lifeline of the great falls, the Zambezi River, and the best way to enjoy it is on a full day whitewater-rafting trip that takes you through the Batoka Gorge.

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August 13, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Helicopter Flight Over Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, "the smoke that thunders"

Between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe lies a giant gash in the Earth’s surface that sends water plummeting and mist high into the air. The locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” In English, it’s known as Victoria Falls. The local name seems more fitting as the falls drain 800,000 gallons of water every second from the mighty Zambezi River. The falling water lands with such force from the 360-foot fall it splashes into a mist that can been seen like smoke from a fire, miles away. To truly see the scale of Victoria Falls, you need to see it from above; so we took a Victoria Falls helicopter tour.

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August 5, 2015 by | Comments Off

Cruising the Zambezi River at Sunset

The anticipated sunset did not disappoint!

Just upstream on the Zambian shore, we set sail on a Zambezi River Sunset Cruise tour while we were in Livingstone, Zambia. We boarded the ship just as the sun was starting to make its slow drop down for the evening. Our captain for the evening guided us up the river to see African wildlife, enjoy local food and drink, then finish the cruise with an amazing sunset over the River.

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July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off

Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

Musical performance from local university students.

The town of Swakopmund, Namibia was established as the main port for what was once German Southwest Africa in the early 1900s. During colonial times, the 12 native tribes of the area were moved to areas of the city called townships, where many still live today. In order to understand these integral parts of the city and Namibian culture, we decided to take a tour of the Swakopmund townships.

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July 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Quad Biking Tour in Namibia

On a quad bike tour of the Namib Desert

Piled high against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean are the golden red sands of the Namib Desert. Between the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, a massive dune field backs the seaside. While on the coast of Namibia, we found time to jump on off-road bikes as part of a quad bike tour of the Namib Desert and explore this beautiful part of the country. On the tour we got to see how the Topnaar tribe lives in the desert, visit an ancient burial site, see centuries-old petrified footprints and have some fun carving up the massive sand dunes.

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July 24, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring the Colorful Markets of Zanzibar

Skillful woodworkers on the job.

Zanzibar is a small white sand island dropped into the Indian Ocean and surrounded by turquoise waters. The island is almost synonymous with spice and it was a major part of the spice trade in colonial times. We got to explore the islands heritage and local crafts as part of the Handmade Zanzibar and Market Workshop tour while staying in Stone Town.

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July 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Reasons to Visit Mauritius

Mauritius

The lesser-known, remote island nation of Mauritius offers visitors the ultimate island adventure, and then some–here’s why:

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July 6, 2015 by | Comments Off

June Top Photos of the Month: Summer Lovin’

Nothing quite says "summer travel" quite like a trip to the Grand Canyon

Get out and about and enjoy summer around the world with Viator’s June Top Photos of the Month!

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June 17, 2015 by | Comments Off

Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

Enjoy scrumptious Czech cuisine at the May food festivals!

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season, or you’re simply itching to add a new stamp to your passport – May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, May has that “not too hot and not too cold” weather, as well as being a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Best Beaches in Mozambique

Bilene

Mozambique is the best vacation destination that you may have never considered. Sun-soaked, white sand beaches give way to translucent ocean water. Development – particularly of resort areas – is rapidly on the rise in the most picturesque beach areas of the country. If you want a unique vacation that’s off the beaten path, consider going to one of the best beaches in Mozambique.

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April 17, 2015 by | Comments Off

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