Africa is the second largest continent, with every country telling its own story through its unique and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. A large part of Africa is desert land in the north and dense rain forest areas found primarily in the south. Home of the Serengeti, Masai Mara and many wild beasts, “Africa” makes you sigh in anticipation of a great time and a journey of exploring not only the country’s treasures but of exploring yourself as well. So why not indulge?
No other country epitomizes the African image more than Kenya. This country, with its open Masai Mara plains and other areas, like Samburu, Meru, Nakuru, Lakiapia, Amnoseli, Mount Kenya, Mombasa and Lake Victoria, offers you a glimpse of wonderful scenes and spectacular wildlife mixed with rich cultural heritage.
Botswana is a year-round destination for those looking for the African adventure. Kalahari, Linyanti, Savute, Makgadikgadi, Okavango and Selinda make up the list of must see places in Botswana. Explore Botswana’s engaging landscapes and animal life through the best way, safaris!
A gorgeous coastline and warm waters lures you to the land of Mozambique. With its world famous reefs, archipelagos teeming with marine life and deep sea diving and fishing havens, it is a temptation few can resist. Some of the safari destinations are Niassa Reserves, home of the wild dog and sable antelopes, and Gorgonza NP, Gaza Gonarezhou, Kruger, the Quirimbas and Pemba.
Namibia is a favourite amongst the safari destinations in Africa. Pride of Namibia is Namib, the world’s oldest desert, some of the world’s tallest dunes, Sossusvlei, the continent’s largest salt lake, Etosha and the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River. Wildlife includes the largest population of cheetahs, rhinos and elephants amongst others. Take safaris to discover Namibia’s charm.
A land-locked country, Malawi is bordered by a vast inland sea called Lake Malawi, home to over 600 varieties of freshwater fish. Its other attractions are Nyika plateau, where you can indulge in horse riding, and the gorgeous Liwonde National Park. You can combine your trip to Malawi with a visit to South Luangwa in Zambia.
South Africa is a developed and fabulous country and has many world class restaurants and accommodation facilities. South Africa is a beautiful region with the famous Kruger National Park and the breathtaking Drakensburg Mountains. There are famous game reserves you can visit in South Africa, like Tswalu, Timbavati, Madikwe, Bushman’s Kloof, Sabi Sand and Grootbos, which have some of the finest safari lodges in the country.
Home of the world famous Victoria Falls and the mesmerizing Great Zimbabwe, a 13th century stone walled city. Even though there is political unrest you can visit the country, but it is advisable to be careful. In areas like Lake Kariba, Mana Pools and Hwange there is plenty of wildlife and scenic beauty to enjoy. Must-sees are the Gonarezhou National Park and the Chilojo Cliffs.
Mountain gorillas of the Virunga Mountains are a great attraction of Rwanda. Famous in Rwanda are the Golden Monkeys, the Genocide Memorial and Museum and the Dian Fossey Memorial and Research Centre.
This vast country boasts some of Africa’s topmost tourist attractions. The Serengeti, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, the Selous Park, Ngorongoro, the Spice Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. The Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve are less known wildlife sanctuaries, but no less breathtaking. The Gombe Stream NP and The Mahale Mountains, situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, are habitats of the chimpanzees. Tanzania has a lot to offer, so why not take it on?
Described as “The Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a picturesque country. There are three major mountain regions, namely the Rwenzoris, Virunga volcanoes and Mount Elgon. The river Nile starts its journey from Lake Victoria, the largest lake found in Africa. There is also the Great Rift Valley, Lake Edwards, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George. It is in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees can be found. So plan a visit!
If you want to discover “the real Africa”, then head on out to Zambia and enjoy some old school safaris. Some famous and must-see parts of Zambia are South Luangwa NP, North Luangwa, Lochinvar, Liuwa Plains, Kafue, Kasanka, Lower Zambezi and Bangweulu Swamps. Zambia is the land of African Walking Safaris and night drives, so go ahead and indulge.
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by Kelly Warner