Mary is that hermit who loves the occasional adventure thrill from traveling and discovering new places and experiences.
There are few things as magical as exploring new places. This is one of the privileges that come with tourism. Besides meeting new people, you also get to form new experiences that you might treasure for life. The holiday season is one of the perfect periods to go touring new or not-so-familiar destinations. But if you miss that, there’s always Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion.
If you do consider taking a Safari in Africa to enjoy the exhilarating pleasures nature has to offer, I compiled a list of exciting things you must try out. This ranges from guided walking safaris to beautiful landscapes for photo safaris, primate trekking, wildlife views on game drives, birdwatching, beautiful corals, rich marine life, beautiful beaches, amazing mountains, and a number of adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping, rafting, and diving. Piggybacking off that, let’s dive right in!
1. Whale-watching off the coast of Hermanus
If there is a whale-watching capital of Africa, it would have to be Hermanus. This small town on South Africa’s southern coast has a great view of whales from the nearby cliffs as early as June. The month of September is also another good time as the arrival of whales and their calves herald the start of the local whale festivals. Besides taking in the beauty of the whales, you can also enjoy markets and fairs organized by the locals.
2. Gorilla Trekking in East Africa
Trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in East Africa is said to be one of the rare exhilarating adventures for people all over the world. You haven’t had a safari experience in Africa if you’re yet to come face-to-face with these hairy forest giants in their natural habitat. Currently, there are about only 790 gorillas left in the world and Uganda is home to more than half of this population. Gorilla trekking is the most expensive safari activity in Africa with a permit costing $1500 in Rwanda and $600 in Uganda.
3. Walking safari in The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park offers you a wealth of experience when it comes to conducting walking safaris. Their team of rangers has been in the business for many years. You get to be accompanied by one of them on your safari. The experience is definitely surreal as you get to be side by side with the wild. There are no jeeps, just you walking past the extraordinary wildlife in Africa on foot.
It is a thrilling experience alongside crocodiles, hippos, birds, and a number of other aquatic animals. You get to interact with such wildlife in canoe rides on the banks of rivers, wetlands as well as lakeshores across the African continent.
A traditional dugout canoe, also known as a ‘makoro,’ will take you as far as the shallow water where you can see some elephants and loner buffaloes cooling off in the mud pools. Also expect to see other interesting wildlife such as birds like Pel’s fishing owl, the reed frogs, and some animals like the aquatic sitatunga antelope.
5. Flight over the Okavango Delta
The last experience was about the beauty of canoeing. Canoeing takes you even further so you can see the Okavango Delta up close in a makoro (dugout canoe). However, the Okavango Delta is an unforgettable experience on its own that must be fully enjoyed. To get a real sense of the sheer size of it, the world’s largest inland delta, you would have to go all out. Or should we say all the way up? The view from the air is spectacular and the best way to experience it.
6. Horse, Elephant & Camel Rides
Riding safaris are common in countries like South Africa, Kenya as well as Botswana. You could choose to explore the African jungles on horseback to get closer to the habitat of the wild animals. You could also do the same on the back of an elephant. This is especially popular in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. In Kenya, guests can also get a chance to ride on camels.
7. Colonial charm in East Africa
Kenya takes you back into their rich colonial history with relics used in the construction of places like Governor’s Camp in Masai Mara and Larsen’s Camp in Samburu. On this experience, you would get to really experience the essence of the 1920s colonial charm. This is a great way to experience the richness of a bygone era.
8. Chimpanzee Tracking
The chimp population in Africa keeps dwindling due to human encroachment on their natural habitat. The best places to experience these beauties of nature today include the Central African Republic, western Uganda, western Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. The chimpanzee tracking will take you on a search for the chimps. You also get some time to take pictures, observe and interact with them. It is said that the young ones warm up to people a lot.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.