With all the excitement of the Commonwealth games taking place in Glasgow over the next few weeks, we thought we’d take a look at some of the breathtaking and amazing landscapes of some of the other countries belonging to the Commonwealth.
Bulti up of 53 member states (which some may come as a surprise to you throughout the games) spanning accross Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific they include some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.
From the BBC documentary we discovered the seven wonders of the Commonwealth across the continents, including; Scotland, New Zealand, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and Zambia and their amazing scenic natural wonders.
Fingal’s Cave of Staffa, Scotland
Nearest the city hosting the games, is the cave that inspired monarchs and geniuses. Fingal’s Cave of Staffa is entirely volcanic and has unique geological features of towering hexagonal basalt columns, which is like unique artwork from its structure and symmetry creating spectacular auditory illusions, giving the cave it’s Gaelic name ‘the Cave of Melody’.
Fiordland, New Zealand
Feared to sail into by Captain Cook, evidently giving it the name Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. This remarkable natural environment features stunning fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.
The Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean, covering large swathes of Namibia and parts of Angola and South Africa. At 55 million years old, The Namib Desert is the oldest desert on earth, accompanying some of the tallest sand dunes on Earth at over 1,000 feet high and 20 miles long. Incredibly the desert is home to almost 3,500 species of plant, despite being one of the driest places on earth. As one of the youngest Commonwealth nations, it is home to the Himba people. As few as 20,000 of people live on the edge of human existence.
Papua New Guinea
The most pristine unexplored rainforest in the world, and we’re lucky enough to be connected by the Commonwealth. Fascinatingly one of the highest rates of discovery of new species and home to 760 unique bird species – including 39 species of birds of paradise and more orchid species than anywhere else. The locals are extremely patriotic, even in the most remote lodge in the jungle it’s common to find a picture of the Queen on the wall!
Situated in the Coral Triangle, the Soloman Islands has ten times the bio-diversity of the Barrier Reef, where it contains 76% of the world’s coral species. An island once abandoned for fear of cannibalistic head-hunters, is now a jewel of conservation to the world. It is home to 6 of the 7 sea turtle species live in the Coral Triangle – three of which breed on the island of Tetapare.
The largest mangrove forest on earth, is also located the world’s largest river delta making it a record-breaking fascinating destination. With an impenetrable and dangerous ecosystem, it has made it to one of the seven wonders. This beautiful forest is home to Bengal tigers as well as nearly half a million locals who depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihoods.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
The biggest waterfall on Earth, at over 1700m wide and 100m high it is an impressive sight. Impressively it throws a cloud of water vapour 2km into the sky, visible from 30 miles away, known locally as ‘Mosi oa-Tunya’ – the smoke that thunders.