Africa is home to some of the most extraordinary sights and experiences on earth; here are our favourites:
When planning a holiday to Africa, immediately a safari comes to mind because this is what Africa is known for: Open plains, wild animals, the big five, beautiful natural landscapes and waterfalls. There are many safari destinations throughout Africa, including: The Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania – fondly known as the Gem of Africa; Kafue National Park in Western Zambia, known for its abundance of wildlife; Amboseli National Park in Southern Kenya and known for its great elephants and hundreds of bird life and more, and The Kruger National Park in South Africa is known as one of the largest game reserves in southern Africa.
The only problem with these well-known destinations is that they’re extremely touristy. Yes, they may offer luxury accommodation, but they’re by no means private or exclusive. A luxury big 5 game reserve experience is about comfort, exclusivity and of course personalised luxury – and if you do your homework, you’ll find them. A luxury safari is an unforgettable experience and the price you pay for the extraordinary sights, the knowledgeable guides, amazing foods, chefs and other comforts is worth every penny!
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most loved natural wonders with its beautiful snow-covered peaks – and it’s found in Tanzania. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream many have but not everyone ever gets to do – not to say it’s not achievable. Technically, Kilimanjaro is the easiest of the Seven Summits to conquer, which is just another reason why it’s a favourite. In fact, a six-year-old has been recorded as the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
There are many that choose to do this climb for a good cause for charity and other personal reasons, and it’s suitable for almost anyone with a bit of grit and determination as you don’t need special training or even be an experienced climber – nor do you need to have special mountaineering instruments. This, however, does not mean the climb is free from any unexpected challenges. Despite there being many people hiking the mountain every year, it has still managed to maintain its wild nature. Those that have achieved climbing Kilimanjaro say ‘they have stood on the roof of Africa’.
Witnessing the Mighty Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls lies on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is proudly known as the largest waterfall in the world. The force and beauty of the Victoria Falls will keep you spellbound, and you’ll soon understand why the locals have named it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which is translated to ‘the smoke that thunders’. Of course, the name derives from the roaring noise the water makes as its cascades over the cliff into the Zambezi River below.
The force of the water creates a cloud of water vapor that always hangs around the falls. There are also many activities to be enjoyed in the park, including bungee jumping from the bridge that crosses the Zambezi river. The most spectacular views can also be enjoyed from above; helicopter rides and microlight flights are available for those wanting to get a bird’s eye view of the falls. The best time to visit the falls is during the months of March to May. This is the rainy season when the falls are a force to be reckoned with!
The Great Mammal Migration
One of the world’s most dramatic wildlife events is that of the Great Mammal Migration. It’s a sight to behold and witnessing it in the flesh is a once in a lifetime experience. There are about 2 million mammals, including wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and various other species, which move like one great mass across the plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Many visitors come from all over the world to witness this natural wonder that is inspiring and impressive.
There are two reasons for the migration, one being for fresh grass (the mammals move to where there is more rain), as well as safer pastures to birth their young. This migration is not an easy one, which is why they make the journey in a large group. There is of course a better chance of survival this way, but still many don’t make it to the other side. The Mara River crossing is especially challenging due to the many crocodiles looking for their next opportunity to feed, but even crossing the great plains which are dotted with lions, leopards, cheetahs and many other beasts of the wild, is a risk.