Africa - Part 1
Have an Adventure of a Lifetime - Part 1
Africa is the perfect destination for travellers looking for the adventure of a lifetime. Superb national parks teem with wildlife allowing you to follow in the footsteps of hippos, elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and trek to visit the rare mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Unmatched for scale and diversity, Africa’s dramatic landscapes offer a wealth of photo opportunities, from fertile flood plains to towering volcanoes, thundering waterfalls to arid deserts, windswept sand dunes to lush green rainforests.
There are few places in Africa that offer such quantities, variety and up close viewing opportunities as the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. The crater is a massive volcanic caldera measuring 260sq km and is one of the only parks in Africa where you may see the rare black rhino. Both parks are home to literally hundreds of zebra, wildebeest, lion, buffalo, hyenas, monkeys, elephants and much more. Leopard and cheetah spotting opportunities are year round and the best time to visit is December to March and June to September.
Go on safari through Africa’s greatest waterway, the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is a huge area of very slow flowing fresh water that comes from the Okavango River, fans out along channels and evaporates over the sands of the Kalahari Desert. You can experience travel in mokoros, (similar to kayaks) which glide silently along the water. The best time to visit varies with your interests – a diverse range of birds breed November to March, vegetation is lush and flowering from December to May, July to September is when the weather is dry but the water level is high from recent rains.
Admire nature’s most dramatic waterfall Victoria Falls, Zambia. These spectacular falls thunder 111m into the Zambezi River below as you wind your way through walkways so close that you can feel the spray. Popular activities include microlight flights over the falls, bungee jumping, river boarding, jet boating, canoeing or sitting in the “Devils Armchair”. The Devil’s Swimming Pool, or Devil’s Armchair, is a naturally formed infinity pool at the very top of Victoria Falls in Zambia. 420 feet above the river below, it is perfectly safe (in the dry season) to relax at the edge of one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
From above the water it appears as if there’s nothing to stop you from being carried over the lip of the falls, but beneath the surface there is a natural rocky ledge that generates a back-eddy and stops the current. Looks scary, but the thousands of still-alive visitors can attest to its perfect safety record. The falls are at their best after the rainy season in April and May when the Zambezi River runs high although the spray can sometimes impair visibility.
Discover the ‘outback’ of Africa in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the towering free standing red sand dunes, many of 200m high, near Sossusvlei are an amazing sight. The best time to view the dunes is close to sunrise and sunset when the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photos. The white coloured Dead Vlei clay pan offers startling colour contrasts with the surrounding red dunes and dead trees. From March to May, after the rainy season when lush vegetation grows and flowering begins, is the best time to visit.