malawi & zimbabwe: lakes and waterfalls
Malawi truly is the Warm Heart of Africa. Malawians are always smiling and happy to meet you - for one of the world's least developed countries, its people know how to stay positive. Perhaps less is indeed more. Cassava is the main staple in lakeside communities, representing Malawi's second most important staple crop. A country where time stopped in the 1960s and 1970s: Zimbabwe has crumbling infrastructure, overgrown vegetation, and outdated architecture throughout. Progress ground to a halt after the country gained independence from British rule. Though the economy floundered through periods of hyperinflation, life goes on in the country once known as Rhodesia. Thankfully, Zimbabwe's most famous natural landmark, Victoria Falls - the Smoke that Thunders - still attracts tourists from around the world. The Smoke That Thunders, Mosi-oa-Tunya in the indigenous Lozi language. Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world, rivaled only by Iguazu Falls and Niagara Falls. David Livingstone was the first European to have viewed these falls in 1855, naming it in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain. The bridge crossing the gorge was completed in 1905. Both white and black rhinoceroses are actually grey. White rhinos have flat lips and black rhinos have beak-shaped lips. These white rhinos were seen in Matobo National Park. Unlike elephant tusks, Rhino horns are not ivory but solid keratin, a fibrous structural protein that also comprises hair, hooves, and claws. The horns of these rhinos have been removed to prevent them from being targeted by poachers. Male white rhinos on average weigh 2300 kg. They are herbivore grazers with a preference for grass.