We were inspired over Easter with talk about the latest and greatest expeditions, safaris, adventures and holidays for nature lovers, hedonists, adrenalin junkies and culture vultures so we created our Top 5 Africa bucket list.
1. BYGONE ERA SAFARI: Kenya
If you’re a romantic at heart and want your own Out of Africa experience, look no further than Kenya’s Masai Mara. Kenya is the founder of safari and one of our long standing favourites. Cottar’s 1920s Camp is our top pick for the ultimate in yesteryear luxury.
2. EXPLORING UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: Botswana
If you dream of venturing into the remote wilderness, we recommend Botswana mobile safari with Unchartered Africa. Desert & Pan Safari is our favourite itinerary.
3. ROAD TO ODZALA: Congo
Fancy being one of the first to explore the very heart of Congo and come face to face with the Lowland Mountain Gorillas? Here is your chance. This fantastic new safari project thanks to Wilderness Safaris launches in June 2012 and we are already offering fantastic safari holidays for our adventurers and safari purists. Read more about Odzala here.
4. CULTURE VULTURE: Mozambique
For many, Mozambique is completely unknown. To us, it holds the key to one of the most authentic, unique safari and beach combination experiences available in Africa today. Arab traders once made their way down the African east coast and mingled with the African people to create a hybrid culture and language known as Swahili. Mozambique is thought to come from the Swahili Musa al Big, the name of an ancient Arab sheikh (chief) who lived on the northern reaches of Mozambique. Its history is vivid from its early hunter and gatherer history to Portuguese explorers, slave trades, spice routes and of course the later colonialism, a liberation front formed in the early 1960s to its new constitution in 1990 allowing for a multiparty democracy. War ended in 1992 and peace has graced the country allowing tourism to slowly emerge and be embraced by early adopters like us! Here, you can go on safari in remote territories exploring in 4×4 and on foot and then there is the marine safaris with some of the best diving in the world.
5. WALK ON THE WILDSIDE: Zambia
Nothing beats coming face to face with wildlife on foot – no vehicle to hide behind, just the natural instinct of humankind and the wild and the trust in your safari guide. We work with some of the best in the business in Zambia and can get you into more remote places than ever before. There’s the legends of the industry in South Luangwa National Park who have left a legacy like Norman Carr Safaris, Robin Pope Safaris and then new initiatives in unchartered territory where no permanent camps exist, so what you take in you take out.