Summer's nearly here (if you're based in the Southern Hemisphere) and that means hitting the water. If you're not content to float in a pool all day, escape to these thrilling destinations for a revitalising and heart-stopping adventure...
Heart-racing action, brilliant wildlife and sigh-inducing scenery – it's elements like these that make for the ultimate weekend away. Where to go to experience it all? Set your sights for wild and wonderful Western Australia.
I’m standing at the edge of the Batoka Gorge in Zimbabwe, just down from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge. On the other side of the gorge lies Zambia. Below – a terrifying 120 metres below – the Zambezi River rages. Strapped in to a harness, I’m about to leap off the cliff and free fall for the first 75 metres, before swinging out over a river teeming with crocs. Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy...
If the colour white could be described as a feeling it would be pure calm. When I embarked on this journey, which started on a nine-seater plane flying over the Arctic to remote Seal River Heritage Lodge on Canada’s Hudson Bay, I didn’t imagine that I would feel calm – rather the opposite. But the pure perfection of those first flurries of snow announcing winter and the pristine fur of the polar bears who call this region home offers immediate respite. White is a quiet colour and so are the polar bears, their paws designed to glide effortlessly and quietly across the Arctic tundra on which I find myself.
Want to escape the ordinary? If you're looking for something a little less 'been there, done that', book yourselves a getaway at these quirky stays.
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