Think Africa, think golden sunsets silhouetting the long necks of giraffes picking leaves from trees, and wild landscapes extending as far as the eye...
Think Africa, think golden sunsets silhouetting the long necks of giraffes picking leaves from trees, and wild landscapes extending as far as the eye can see. As much as this is Africa, today’s Africa is so much more and is a continent undergoing a huge transition: local people – both in terms of the centuries-old tribes that live their lives steeped in tradition and of those who live more modern lives in the cities, now play as much a part in African tourism as its extraordinary world of wildlife.
WHAT WE RATE & WHAT WE DON’T
Selous Game Reserve
A remote and expansive slice of East Africa, Tanzania’s Selous is larger than Switzerland, dwarfing its Serengeti counterpart yet receiving far fewer visitors. Animals far outnumber tourists here and the reserve’s geographical location means both Southern and Eastern African game roam its grasslands, lured to the peaceful waters of its rivers and lakes where elephants and hippos bathe.
Measuring in at just one square kilometer of eastern Ethiopia, Harar is a walled citadel packed to bursting with colorful mosques and labyrinthine alleyways dating back hundreds of years. Islam’s fourth holiest city is an intriguing place of elegant Islamic architecture and ancient markets, which have done very little in the way of changing as time has ticked on.
Cycling in Morocco & beyond
You don’t instantly pair Africa’s vast with two wheels, but Morocco’s combination of mountains and desert dirt roads make it a playground for mountain bikers, and thanks to a better network and tarmacking, road cycling there is on the up. Cycling safaris are now a thing in Kenya too, increasing the chances of an up-close wildlife experience and covering more ground than you can on two feet.
Living Culture Museums
A series of five “museums” across Namibia, these fantastic culture centers are where indigenous San, Mafwe, Kavango, and Damara communities recreate traditional villages. You can learn how to hunt, fish, dance, and weave with the locals using age-old methods, plus the tours and lessons contribute to local incomes and community projects, so your money is reinvested wisely.
Originating in the highlands of Angola and shaped over thousands of years, the Okavango Delta is a waterhole of epic proportions that flood life into Botswana. Flowing through sands, swamps, and forested islands, the Delta is a lifeline for huge herds of elephants, plus 121 other mammals including lions, antelope, buffalo. Over 440 species of bird also flock there to fish, nest, and breed.
The Masai Mara
Synonymous with one of wildlife’s greatest annual spectacles and indigenous Maasai tribes, the Mara stages the most nail-biting section of the Great Migration, when some two million wildebeest and zebra each attempt to survive the risky Mara River crossing – packed with Nile crocodiles. The surrounding Maasai conservancies give you the opportunity to bushwalk with fascinating local people.
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