Try a truly different vacation

Try a truly different vacationMysterious Africa, the cradle from which humans emerged, rich geographic and biological diversity, is the perfect place to visit when you want to get in touch with the great outdoors. The concept of the Safari originated in Africa and it is home to some of the best nature reserves in the world, where you wake up to the roar of the lion and explore the majestic grasslands, breathtaking deserts and stupendous waterfalls.

Though most of us may have dreamt of one day going on a genuine African Safari, the many unknowns of travel planning in Africa ensure that few of us ever make it. Here is a guide to some of the must see destinations around Africa.

1. THE OKAVANGO DELTA. Botswana.

The Okavango River has the world’s largest inland river delta covering over 17,000 Sq Km. A labyrinth of surprisingly clean and pure lagoons, lakes and channels, its expansive gently moving waters,  attract elephants, zebras, blue wildebeest, giraffes, lions, leopards and the spotted hyena.

Camps are well camouflaged, built to blend into the environement and not disturb the delicate balance of the ecosystem here. The Abu Camp, Bains Camp and Mombo camp are well worth a visit.

2. MOUNT KILIMANJARO, Kenya.

Kenya is home to the largest concentration of free roaming wild life in the world.  The originator of the Safari, Kenya has been the backdrop of many famous movies and books. Mt. Kilimanjaro, formed by a dormant volcano that rises majestically from the Great Rift Valley, offers the adventure of mountain climbing as well as encounters with its abundant wildlife. The Chyulu Hills National Park is a great place to explore its underground caves and see black rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to the Big Cats, and is the place to view the great migration of Zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest. The Mara Safari Club, Ol Donyo Lodge and Giraffe Manor are popular places to stay at while on your Kenyan Safari.

3. THE KALAHARI DESERT, South Africa.

South Africa has been blessed with an abundance of natural riches. A visit to this wonderful country may include different interactions with the wild, from the Sabi Sands/Kruger area, the wild life reserves like the Madikwe Game Reserve to the desert experience in the Kalahari.

Sparsely populated the Kalahari has an untouched beauty all its own. The southern regions of this desert receive some rainfall and consequently are home to a variety of flora and fauna such as lions, meerkats, giraffes, jackals and kudu. Popular game reserves in this area are Khutse Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering 250000 acres the Tswalu reserve is the largest private game reserve in South Africa.

4, VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe.

A UNESCO World Heritage site the Victoria falls are amongst the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world. They measure 5,604 ft in width and are 354 ft high. An abundance of wildlife along the Zambezi River makes this an amazing safari destination. Boat Cruises take you up close to hippos and elephants and a stay at the Ruckomechi camp in the Mana Pools National Park on the river Zambezi is a unique experience.

Other great places to stay at close to the falls are the Victoria Falls Hotel, and the Elephant Camp. Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park has more traditional game drives and Little Makalolo is a great place to explore from.

5.ODZALA KOKOUA NATIOANL PARK, Republic of Congo.

Odzala only second to the Amazon in its expansive rain forests, is amazing in its biodiversity. With the largest population of Western Lowland Gorillas the Odzala Kokoua National Park is stunning, the Lango and Ngaga camps that were established just this month are a wonderful base from which to explore this part of the Republic of Congo (Not to be confused with The Democratic Republic of Congo)

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