6 WAYS TO ENJOY ALL THE AMAZING THINGS AFRICA HAS TO OFFER

Africa, as the second-largest continent in the world, has a lot to offer the intrepid explorer. There are 54 countries in this vast continent, with dramatic landscapes, relaxing beaches, the best safaris, trekking opportunities, a diverse range of fantastic food and the richest history on the planet all found here. If you are a travel junkie and are looking for adventurous vacations, next year, why not head to Africa?

When planning a trip to such a diverse, sweeping continent, it is normal to get overwhelmed with all the options available. It’s true that you can’t do everything in a limited time, but if you plan smartly and are willing to be adaptable, you’ll have the best time. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to enjoy all the amazing things Africa has to offer.

GO ON SAFARI IN THE SERENGETI

One of the best places to go on Safari in the whole of Africa is unquestionably Tanzania, which boasts 16 Parks and more than 5 game reserves and other protected areas, all home to wildlife, flora and fauna unrivalled pretty much anywhere on earth. The big one in this part of East Africa is without doubt the Serengeti, acknowledged as one of the ten travel wonders of the world.

Located in Northern Tanzania and spanning over 12’000 square miles, if it’s safari you’re after, this place has got you covered. In the Serengeti, lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo all prowl the savannah so your chance of catching a glimpse of those Big Five is pretty much a sure thing. But all of that pales into insignificance compared to – cue the Sir David Attenborough voiceover – ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’; that is, the enormous migration of wildebeest and zebra which starts date anytime between late April and early June.

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GET LOST IN THE MEDINAS OF MARRAKECH

In Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez or even Tetouan, the medinas are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, indicating the charms, curiosities and culture that lies within. Owing to their maze-like quality and the shops and cafes which lure you in with promises of freshly groud spices and brewing tea at every turn, it’s necessary to dedicate a whole day or more to them. We’d recommend going mapless, and simply giving in to getting lost. And remember; haggling is considered a highly playful way to pass the time in this part of the world. Essentially, it’s mandatory. Embrace the madness.

In Marrakech, should those hunger pangs strike after your shopping trip, then head to the medina’s central square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the best places for street food on the planet.

FIND SEA SERENITY IN ZANZIBAR OR ZIMBALI 

Situated just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar has it all if you’re looking for a beach holiday. The archipelago’s reputation as an island (or rather, collection of them) paradise is no hyperbole – if you’re into white sands, clear blue seas and island hopping galore then this is the place. When it comes to finding a place to rest your head, consider the Matemwe Lodge, which is a collection of 8 low slung beach villas or Green & Blue Ocean Lodge with 14. Its blissful location “perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon” is, well, blissful. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option, there are a number of decent boutique hotels doing things cheaply, but with bags of class and style – Casa Del Marin in the small fishermans’ village of Jambiani is a firm favourite.

If you’re looking for spectacular sunsets, sipping cocktails by the sea, and endless stretches of white powdered sand, then consider Zimbali, meaning “valley of flowers” in isiZulu. Zimbali is located just outside the popular beach town of Umhlanga which has some good restaurant and shopping options if you need a rest from lying on the beach all day. When looking for Zimbali accommodation consider The Zimbali Lodge which lies nestled within the serene coastal forest reserve which encompasses 18 luxurious and exclusive rooms – it’s a little piece of paradise.

HEAD TO CAPE TOWN FOR THE ANNUAL STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Cape Town is a collision of cultures and cuisines and as a result, is home to an exciting foodie scene. One of the best times to experience the diversity of food in this part of the world is during its annual street food festival. What better way to experience Cape Town’s multiculturalism than through it’s food?

This festival, one of the most popular food events in the whole country, is an annual 10 day extravaganza of the good stuff. Pop-up stalls, kiosks, and food trucks cater to culinary tastes as diverse as the country’s population. Though it’s not just the country’s traditional treats on offer here (in fact, there’s famous street food from all around the world served), the most prominent foods are those of the South African cuisine like bunny chow, vetkoek, shisa nyama, and more. But you’d be silly to visit for this festival alone; the Mother City has so much more to offer hungry foodies. Check out just a few of them here, in our guide to the 6 IDEAL things for foodies to do in Cape Town.

GO CAMPING IN THE MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA 

Camping in Africa is something else. Sleeping out under Africa’s twinkling sky in one of the most incredible natural areas of the world is an unforgettable experience. Consider heading to Masai Mara, one of the largest game reserves in Kenya for the experience. The Mara itself is a vast savannah grassland dotted with wildlife and a nice mix of private and public safari lodges and campsites. The beautiful reserve is named after the inhabitants of that area, the Maasai people, who, incredibly, are the most photographed people in the world. 

You’ve probably been wondering if you’ll be safe sleeping here at the park, which is home to lions, buffaloes, elephants, leopards and more. But let’s clear things up; you won’t be prey to the lions or leopards while camping in Masai Mara. Campsites are, reassuringly, surrounded by electric fences. 

CLIMB KILIMANJARO 

If climbing a mountain is on your bucket list, then Kilimanjaro should be it. While it’s Africa’s tallest mountain, and also the world’s tallest free-standing one, it’s known in climbing circles as one of the most achievable. Indeed, the best thing about this mountain is that you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker with all that expensive specialised gear and year’s worth of technical skills to manage the climb. In fact, Kilimajaro is known as a ‘walk up’ mountain. In other words, you don’t need to be scrambling up the mountain on hands and knees. 

The ascent up the mountain should take between five and nine days. If you view such an excursion as torture rather than challenge, then don’t worry, the Kilimanjaro National Park has plenty to offer even at ground level. Elephant, buffalo and antelope roam in the Forest Reserve area of the park, meaning you’ll see action even if the ascent isn’t for you.  

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