Olympic champion Denis Lewis visits the Victoria Falls
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To celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games, the BBC sent five presenters travel the globe to reveal natural beauty spots in seven of the Commonwealth's 53 countries. Olympic gold medal winner Denise Lewis came to Livingstone, Zambia to experience the Victoria Falls, the most spectacular waterfall on Earth - canoeing to the tip of the Victoria Falls, whilst apparently fretting slightly about crocodiles and hippos! The series, Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth premiered in the UK at the weekend.


Safari Par Excellence guide Dominic styles it on the Zambezi
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The UK Daily Mail reported "Denise... didn’t try to hide the fact that she was much less impressed by this natural spectacle than she was terrified by the hippos and the crocodiles. Paddling cautiously down the Zambezi river, she squealed: ‘I can see nostrils!’ The deadly nasal threat turned out to be a clump of grass. This lightweight travelogue was entertaining, informative and a stirring reminder that the Commonwealth, with its two billion inhabitants, is the biggest, friendliest alliance on Earth.’

Vist the BBC website for more information here, or watch a clip of her visit to the Victoria Falls here:



Denise visited Livingstone last May, and was hosted on the Zambezi by Safari Par Excellence. She's one of serveral British Olympians to visit Livingstone and the Victoria Falls with a film crew in recent years. Last year saw Phillips Idowu paddle more than 100km down the Zambezi River for the BBC fundraising event Comic Relief.  And Olympic rower James Cracknell retraced Livingstone's journey downstream to the Falls in 2012 for the Discovery series 'World's Toughest Expeditions' (watch a clip on You Tube here).