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The Top Unmissable Experiences When Discovering Africa

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The top unmissable experiences when discovering Africa

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The east of Africa is a treasure trove of spectacular landscapes; an incredible diversity of wildlife; rich history, local traditions and culture. Here are some of the region’s most unmissable experiences.

Hidden treasures of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to a selection of spectacular national parks offering scenes of stunning natural beauty and magnificent wildlife and bird watching opportunities.

See some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife, including the ‘big 5’ (lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalos) at Nyanga, Matobo or Gonarezhou national parks or enjoy the vast diversity of avian life at Hwange and Mana Pools.

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Experience the thundering majesty of Victoria Falls; immerse yourself in the wonders of ancient rock art sites like Matobo Hills, Murerwa, Diana’s Vow, Ngomakurira, Gwangwadza and Domboshawa; marvel at the Great Zimbabwe ruins (a UNESCO World Heritage site) or fall in love with the Shona people’s splendid soapstone sculptures.

Lions are some of the most fascinating animal species to see (courtesy photo)


Unmissable experiences in Kenya

A land of beauty and diversity, Kenya has much to offer visitors. One of the top ‘must-see’ experiences here is the spectacular sight of millions of zebra and wildebeest crossing the Masai Mara’s open savannah plains as they embark on their great seasonal migration.

Fort Jesus and Gede Ruins are must-see sites for history buffs and no-one should fail to visit Koobi Fora, the “Cradle of Mankind”, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Lake Turkana.

A visit to the east of Africa is not complete without witnessing native tribes like the Samburu, Swahilis and Maasai share their artwork, beliefs and traditions, and the Maasai Olympics (a grand annual event offering the opportunity to witness members of this magnificent tribe engage in a variety of traditional and indigenous sports) are an absolute must.

South Africa

Trekking up Table Mountain is highly recommended for anyone visiting South Africa. Standing over the beautiful landscape of Cape Town, the commanding presence of the mountain offers a range of sensational hikes of a ranging difficulty.

From the summit, you can see amazing views of the city beneath, and take in the scale and size of the urban area and the surrounding scenery.

Depending on your level of fitness there are routes that can suit all your needs, in fact there are over 900 of them! Not only does Table Mountain provide for an experience like none other – you also have the opportunity to discover over 1470 floral species, many of them endemic to the area.

Table Mountains (Courtesy photo)

If you’re looking to get dressed-up and capture the essence of the glitz and glamour why not visit one of Africa’s top casino establishments Sun City casinos.

Voted one of the most glamorous casinos in Africa, let alone the world you can get involved in the thrill of casino gaming which is often intertwined in pop-culture.

Often portrayed on the big screen in the likes of Sin City and Ocean’s Eleven; Leaving Las Vegas and Rain Man as well as music or literature.

The lure of being able to gamble online or within a sensational resort like the above is an opportunity to not pass up on if given the chance.

Zambia’s natural wonders

One of Zambia’s most popular natural wonders no visitor should miss out on is, of course, Victoria Falls, or “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” (“smoke that thunders”), as it is locally known.

Wild and mesmerising, Victoria Falls is a must-see that perfectly represents the pristine, unspoilt outback country of Zambia. Other not-to-miss experiences include visits to some of the country’s outstanding national parks.

Luangwa Valley, the “Garden of Eden”, is especially popular, as it offers visitors rare insights into the lives and behaviour of animals including impala and leopards.

Discover Uganda

With the UK’s government lifting travel restrictions to the country (although checking for up-to-date advice is still highly recommended), Uganda makes a fantastic destination for experiencing mountain gorillas, one of the continent’s (and indeed the world’s) most magnificent, yet sadly threatened species, up close & personal in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

The forests of the forests of Budongo, Kalinzu and Kibale; Kyambura Gorge and Semliki Valley are exceptional for experiencing chimpanzees in their natural habitat and national parks like Queen Elizabeth, Semuliki and Murchison Falls; Mount Elgon and Lake Mburo offer unique perspectives on the lives of a wide diversity of wildlife including, of course, Uganda’s largest mammals, elephants.

Rwanda’s Gorillas

Another country where checking travel advice before booking your trip is recommended.

Rwanda is home to the “Parc National des Volcans” (Volcanoes National Park), one of the last remaining natural habitats of mountain gorillas.

Brought to world-wide fame by acclaimed conservationist Dian Fossey (who, after years of working here with the gorillas, is now buried in Rwanda), this region can be explored through professional ranger-guided tours.

Other not to be missed experiences here include Lake Kivu with its spectacular views of the still active volcano Nyiragongo, Akagera National Park’s iconic wildlife viewing opportunities and the chimpanzees, golden and colobus monkeys of Nyungwe Forest.

Namibia’s Deserts and Coastline

The eerie beauty and astounding richness of wildlife of Namibia’s Kalahari and Namib deserts are experiences no visitor to the east of Africa should be allowed to miss.

Other experiences not to be missed include the:

Fantastic bird & wildlife watching and and river fishing opportunities of Etosha National Park, Waterburg Plateau National Park, Fish River Canyon and the Namib Rand Private Game Reserve.

 

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