Lazing on a palm-shadowed beach in Maldives, walking along the cobbled streets of stunningly beautiful Santorini with your beloved, savoring the delights of the history-laden city of Rome, relishing the gastronomic offerings of Bangkok, or shopping to your hearts fill in Paris; are among the popular holiday ideas for several amongst us. But, for those seeking a little more thrill and adventure, the African continent is to our calling.
From the Great Migration in Tanzania; horseback riding in Maasai Mara national park, Kenya; to the dramatic scenery of the Table Mountains in South Africa or the spectacular beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, the African continent has a lot to offer. So, step away from the norm and let the wild streak within you take you over, and set out for Africa; a continent waiting to be explored.
Also read about Game Reserves in Africa here.
The Great Migration, Tanzania
One of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet, the Great Migration is an annual event which takes place through the lush landscape of Africa. Around 1.5 million wildebeests, thousands of zebras, elands and gazelles leave Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and head to Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of green pastures, around the month of March and April. Heading for the next water source, this epic journey is fraught with risks of predators and a death-defying passage across the perilous Mara River.
Table Mountain, South Africa
Dotted with magnificent mountains plunged into crystal seas fringed with white sands of the Cape Peninsula, the Table Mountain is the most photographed icon of South Africa. Voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it is also a hiker’s paradise with numerous trails. So, no matter where you want to go in Cape Town, this flat-surfaced roof of Table Mountain is watching over you.
Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana
A place where you can find your soul and get in touch with nature amidst the canopy of stars is the Nxai Pan national park. Alongwith the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, it is amongst the largest salt pans in the world. A combination of grasslands, dry pans and thick bush, this national park in Botswana offer a unique wildlife safari experience including herds of wildebeest, bird watching and great game viewing along with natural isolation and scenic views.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls, plummeting into a deep and narrow valley, offerings a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring natural beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River. From its paved walkway, along the waterfall that enters into rain forest, here you can hear the thunder and the magnificent beauty of the fall. The sprinkled spray of the falling water that rises up to 400 meters can be visible from the distance. Forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is also known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.
Sahara dunes, Morocco
Imagine you are on a camel, trudging along the Sahara desert, and nothing around you except the sound of the footsteps of camel on the soft sand. Discover the spirit of comfort and adventure in Sahara dunes – definitely a place everyone should experience atleast once. The golden dunes of Sahara provides dramatic backdrop to an authentic Arabian adventure including camel trek, quad biking and star gazing at the foot of the Merzouga Dunes.
Mount Mulanje, Malawi
A twisted granite rising majestically over 3000m high from the verdant surrounding plains, the Mount Mulanje is distinguished by its narrow valleys and giant basins of rock. This jaw-dropping mountain is home to Malawi’s finest hiking and rock climbing, and boasts the highest peak in central Africa.
Horseback riding safari, Kenya
Horseback riding safari, probably the most dangerous and exciting thing you will ever do while in Africa. This is a journey of exploration and discovery of African wildlife. Get an amazing experience as you ride along Masai Mara’s wilderness and spot galloping giraffes, zebras and lechwes on a horse.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Tired of wildlife discovery and looking for some relaxation, Bazaruto Archipelago is a great escape you will ever experience. Known for its unspoiled beauty, surrounded by deserted white sand beaches, fresh water lakes and pink coral reefs, the Bazaruto Archipelago is also home to giant lobsters, whale sharks, turtles, dugong and dolphins.
Nyiragongo Volcano, Congo
Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park and the second oldest in the world. Best known for its endangered mountain gorillas, it is now welcoming tourists for overnight treks to explore the gushing fountain of lava about 1,000 feet up in the air at Mount Nyamulagira volcano. One of the only active volcanoes of Africa, it is truly an unmatched creation of God.
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Camping on the most dramatic canyon landscapes, spectacular desert plains and mighty Orange River, experience the real wilderness of Namibia as you ride along the Fish River Canyon. The second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon, this 27km wide, 550m deep and 160km long canyon is truly breathtaking.