Dramatic, diverse and distinctly different, Africa can satisfy most traveller’s bucket list dreams. The hardest part is deciding which country to discover next! We’re guessing you know the activities mentioned below inside and out, but why not use the information for your own
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A KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE TO SUIT ALMOST EVERYONE
Enjoy the tremendous landscapes when you take a relaxed hike across the Shira Plateau, one of the most fascinating and scenic areas on Kilimanjaro. You can picnic on top of Africa.
DIVING IN LAKE MALAWI
Dominating this country is the 560km-lwide and 705m-deep Lake Malawi. More like an inland sea, the lake is laced with stunning golden sandy beaches and the crystal clear blue waters are a water sports enthusiast’s paradise. Kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the lake activities available to visitors. More than 800 species of endemic cichlid fish have been recorded in Lake Malawi.
BE LIKE PRINCE HARRY AND ASSIST IN ANIMAL TRANSLOCATION
In a real life Noah’s Ark story, Prince Harry assisted conservationists in the first round of translocation of 250 elephants to their new home in Malawi in 2016.
The first round of the translocation process of a total of 500 elephants was half completed in August 2016 at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in central Malawi. August this year sees the second half of this translocation – and a chance to see true conservation in action.
Swaziland’s rhino protection is unmatched by any other country, whilst rhino viewing in Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve are some of the best places to see both black and white rhinos in the wild.
Due to their anti-poaching success, only 3 rhinos have been killed in Swaziland in over 20 years, compared with up to 3 per day elsewhere in Africa.
Those in the know have said ‘The Rwenzori Mountains are the beauty to Kilimanjaro’s beast.’ Their slopes are rich and varied, brimming with flora and fauna, and take you through varying landscape up to their snow capped peaks. Trekking offers 2-3 day hikes through to full 8 day treks to its 5109m Margarita peak.
Gorilla Habituation is a truly unforgettable experience and only available in Uganda. The Bikingyi Gorilla Family in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is only two years into the long process of becoming familiar with humans, but you can now be part of their habituation. You accompany rangers to locate their nests, identify group members, and spend time watching the typics behaviour of this iconic species.
The Batwa is an ancient tribe of pygmies who have inhabited the forests of Uganda and Rwanda for thousands of years. Today around 3,500 Batwa remain. The growth in cultural tourism has provided the Batwa with an avenue to a sustainable income. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the Batwa people through a living history experience.
The famous Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is a must see whilst in Zambia. The Zambezi River plunges headlong into a 108m vertical chasm creating the biggest curtain of falling water in the world.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
What better way to see hundreds of thousands of animals than waking in the midst of the action. The Wildebeest Migration is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration when over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya from July to October.
One of the wettest, wildest and most diverse places on the planet, Botswana’s Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta. Its climate is sometimes at odds with the lush environment and plays an important role in making the Okavango a game rich destination.
The highlands of Ethiopia are a true wonder to behold and home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. The rock-cut churches at Lalibela are perhaps the best-known landmarks in north Ethiopia, but they are also home to dramatic mountains where Ethiopian wolves roam.
Travel south to the bush-covered hills of the Omo Valley and meet a variety of fascinating tribes people, each with their own different traditions and unusual rituals.