If you are planning a trip of a lifetime to this fabulous continent, it can be hard to decide how to divide your time and work out where to go. With a plethora of natural wonders to discover and locations offering the trip of a lifetime, it is unsurprising that Africa is a popular destination for travellers and tourists alike looking for their next adventure. Read this handy guide for some ideas of what to get up to in your time in Africa.
Known for its vast areas of wilderness, it is home to the ‘big five,’ namely, the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. A popular choice for those looking for a safari adventure, the country offers all the splendours of African wildlife, with several National Parks to explore including the Serengeti, Tarangire, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You can even explore these areas with a local guide who can lead the way for a more private safari experience with a Ngorongoro Crater Safari at one of the most beautiful regions of this continent. Part of the country longs along the coast, so beach lovers won’t be disappointed, with the beautiful Unguja or Nungwi beach just waiting to be explored. For sports lovers, windsurfing or snorkelling can be enjoyed at Kendwa or Paje.
Visit Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls are widely regarded as a must-see attraction in Africa. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World, it has an elevation of 885m and is the largest waterfall in the world. The waterfall lies on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can even base your entire trip around visiting this waterfall, with accommodation and other towns nearby. The Victoria Falls National Park covers 23.4km squared and can be a great addition to your visit.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Many people will have heard of the Masai Mara. This world-renowned nature reserve covers a large expanse of southwestern Kenya and visitors can be treated to animals such as lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Villages with Maasai people still inhabit this region, and it is a very popular destination for tourists and travellers who are keen to experience ‘True Africa.’ With over 95 specials of mammals and over 400 bird species recorded, it is sure to entrance you should you decide to visit. With dry season falling between June and November, temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees, making for ideal conditions for your adventure.
For those who have a passion for history and want to be taken back to the era of Ancient Egypt, head for the city of Cairo or Luxor. These cities are steeped in history and are located by the Nile River. Luxor lies on the site of Thebes which is known as the Pharoh’s capital, and surviving ancient monuments include Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. The Valley of The Kings offers visitors the chance to explore Pharaohs’ tombs and burial chambers. Meanwhile, Cairo, the capital offers the splendour of Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum and Giza is nearby, the glorious site of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. There is plenty to discover, regardless of your history knowledge.
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