If you have a bucket list, there is one place that really needs to be added to it immediately. Africa can often be overlooked by travellers setting their sights on Asia or planning to rent a camper van for a road trip across Europe. However, it really should be nearing the top of your ‘places to visit’ list. Don’t believe us? Check out just some of the reasons why Africa should be on your radar.
Go On a Safari
Hoping to see some wildlife up close? Head to Tanzania and go on a safari. Whether you go on the back of a jeep, a walking safari, or even a hot air balloon ride to see the animals, there are so many things to see and do. Time it right to witness the migration of the wildebeest, known as the annual Great Migration, or try and spot all of the Big Five (the African Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Rhinoceros)!
One thing that people seem to forget about Africa is that it is home to some stunning beaches — and these certainly shouldn’t be forgotten, as they are some of the very best! For example, Cape Town is home to one of the best urban beaches in the world, and tourists and locals alike flock to enjoy snorkelling in the coral reefs. If you’re looking for somewhere that will make for some truly beautiful Instagram photos, look no further than the beaches of Africa.
The African Landscapes
Africa is one of the most diverse natural environments, and travelling through it, you can see canyons, mountains, waterfalls, deserts, the Serengeti, and the stunning white beaches of Zanzibar. The best way to experience Africa would be as part of a huge road trip across the various countries in order to take in as many different terrains as possible.
Getting to know the people of Africa is one of the most fulfilling things that you will get to do during your time there. You will find villagers who are smiling and happy to share what they have, park wardens who are happy to teach you everything they know about the area, and safari guides who are so passionate about their work that the enthusiasm is bound to rub off on you.
If you are an adventure seeker, Africa is the perfect place! You can skydive in Mossel Bay or go bungee jumping, cage dive with sharks and crocodiles, or try sand boarding. There is something about getting your heart racing that makes you feel alive, and where better than in Africa?
If there is one way to travel in serious comfort, it is on the South African Blue Train — one of the most luxurious in the world! Take the twenty-seven hour journey between Pretoria and Cape Town and enjoy butler service, an open bar, a cigar lounge…and of course, the stunning views. Treat yourself to a diamond from the gift shop as a memento of your journey!
Africa is an incredibly diverse continent and our knowledge and opinions of it in the West are often skewed by the media. It is a fantastic place full of adventure, community, and culture.