6 Travel Must-Do’s when Visiting Africa
#1. Enjoy a Wildlife safari in South Africa
When visiting Africa, you cannot miss the opportunity to experience an African Safari, not only for its wildlife, fauna and flora but the sunrise and sunsets it loves to display to all. Thanda Safari Game Reserve is one such place and has often been awarded the world’s leading luxury lodge for all it has to offer.
Thanda is a Zulu name that means “love” and it really does stand up to its name. You will fall in love with this big five game reserve accommodation and the landscape surrounding it. Talking of accommodation, Thanda has three distinct options, they are: Villa iZulu, a unique bush retreat which is perfect for those wanting more privacy. Thanda Safari Lodge which offer nine exquisite bush suites offers full bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private pools and salas, fireplaces and viewing decks.
With fifteen luxury tents, Thanda Tented Camp, built in colonial safari style, offers an experience of being out in the wild. Being in an African game reserve is a highlight in the life of many and there is no holiday that quite measures up to it.
Thanda Safari is home to the Big Five, buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and what an experience when you can tick off the Big Five as you go along with the hope that you will see them all. Thanda will creep into your heart and when you leave, a part of it goes with you.
#2. Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, you have to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda. The beautiful mountain gorilla can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and along the dormant volcanic Virunga Mountain Range that extends across Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to more than half of all the gorillas on earth, approximately 400 which separate into about 37 social groups. There is a small group that have adjusted to humans and they form part of the ‘welcoming committee’ for tourists.
Should you decide to go on a trekking tour, there is a 99% guarantee that you will get to see these beautiful creatures, although one can never guarantee exactly where in the park, as they live and roam freely enabling them to move from one place to another within the area. A permit will be required.
#3. Go Dune-Hopping in Namibia
Namibia is home to some of the largest sand dunes in the world, Dune 7 and the tallest of them all, Dune 45 are very well known, so why not do something a little more daring and try dune-hopping in Namibia? You can climb these magnificent dunes and conquer them. It is not as easy as you think, and you should be prepared especially when it’s hot and dry.
Once you have reached the top and look across the sandy landscape, which takes your breath away, you will be delighted that you have reached the top and you will forget the aches and pains to get there. The word ‘Namib’ means vast and looking across you can see exactly why. You can do this climb alone or with a group of friends, each will take something out of this experience, whether it be for relaxation when reaching the top, or discovering a little about yourself and what you can achieve if you put your mind to it, it does not matter, but each will take a little piece of Namibia into their hearts.
It is one of those experiences that are so difficult to explain but most would say it was an experience they will never forget as it reached into the very soul of themselves. This orange beauty that has so many sides to it, can be a challenge but one worth doing.
#4. Witness the Great Mammal Migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara
To witness the Great Mammal Migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara is one that should be on any travelers bucket list. This can be called ‘one of the greatest natural wildlife shows’ on earth.
From around the globe, thousands come to witness one of Africa’s most miraculous cycles of life, The Great Wildebeest Migrations, from filmmakers, photographers, nature connoisseurs, to animal lovers and your everyday tourist, hoping to get the best photograph or just to be part of this wonderful life experience.
This migration happens every year when almost two and a half million wildebeest together with other game, migrate across the plains in the hope to get to greener pastures as this is not without its dangers to the animals as there are predators below the surface waiting for the opportunity to catch the meal of the day.
#5. Visit the Islands off Tanzania: Zanzibar
Tanzania is surrounded by many beautiful Islands. The two main islands are Zanzibar and Pemba with smaller islands that surround them. Visit and explore the legendary spice island of Zanzibar and learn the history that dates back to ancient times when spices were brought to Zanzibar from India, like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pepper and cloves.
Today, Zanzibar is known for its spice farming, which is one of its main sources of revenue. This island is also one of the most beautiful in the world, with its crystal-clear waters, exotic marine life and fascinating towns.
It certainly is the ideal place to escape, relax and enjoy all that paradise has to offer.
#6. Go Snorkeling in Mozambique
Mozambique is known for its beautiful beaches, great food and friendly hospitable people. Mozambique with its beautiful coastline and numerous islands stretching over 2500 km makes it the perfect snorkeling destination. The ocean water is warm making it comfortable to snorkel for the beginner diver.
Life beneath the waters is breathtaking and you’re sure to spot many rare marine species from fish to manta-rays. Although there are popular reefs there are those that are not and are relatively unknown, just waiting to be explored and discovered.
Ponta Do Ouro to Inhaca Island are well known diving destinations for many tourists and where you get to snorkel with dolphins – what an experience!