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Natural phenomena around the world

From lunar rainbows to the Northern Lights, the world is full of spectacular natural phenomena. Here are just a few of the more unusual examples, and some of our favourites, from around the world.


The lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zambia

The lunar rainbow is an amazing spectacle, which appears at night by light reflected from a full moon. It can be experienced by visitors viewing Victoria Falls during the three nights around the full moon. 

The best months for viewing are just after the rains, from around April to August/September, depending on cloud levels. Plan your trip during the full moon period to experience this unique phenomenon.


Livingstone & The Victoria Falls, Zambia

Aurora Borealis, Canada

The dramatic Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, are thought to be the result of particles in solar winds emanating from the sun in the region of the magnetic North Pole. 

The Northwest Territories and the Yukon offer some of the best viewing of this natural phenomenon in Canada, and it's during the winter months, when the skies are darker, that viewing is at its best.

The Aurora Borealis is best seen during the winter months

The Dead Sea, Jordan

The name Dead Sea is because of the large amount of salt that is found in the water, meaning nothing can live in it. Rather confusingly, it's not actually a sea, but a large lake bordering Jordan and Israel.

People have been coming to the Dead Sea, drawn by the medicinal qualities of the mineral-laden waters. Swimming here is a novel experience, with its sensation of weightlessness.

The Dead Sea is actually a lake bordering Israel and Jordan

Staircase to the Moon, Australia

From March until October, visitors to Australia's northwest region are treated to a natural phenomenon known as the Staircase to the Moon. It occurs along the coastline at Onslow, Dampier, Cossack, Point Samson Peninsula, Hearson Cove, Port Hedland and Broome.

This attraction occurs on the rise of the full moon and are exposed mudflats at extremely low tide, creating the optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon. The best places to view the Staircase to the Moon is Broome.

Staircase to the moon, Australia

The Staircase to the Moon, Australia

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

A blue hole, sometimes named a vertical cave, is an underwater sinkhole that's usually circular in shape.

The best examples of a blue hole is the Great Blue Hole, located in the centre of Lighthouse Reef just off the Belize coast. At 124 metres deep it's considered one of the best dive sites in the world.

The Blue Hole, Belize

The White Nights, St Petersburg

The geographical location of St Petersburg means that during June and July the city never experiences full darkness.

Known as the White Nights, summer in St Petersburg is a social affair, with the streets bustling with activity.

The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia


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