Traveling Across Africa. Desert And Mountain Safaris
Africa is a paradise, which can offer an active holiday for every taste: safari, camping, rock climbing, rafting. Therefore, if you are an avid traveler, a lover of everything interesting and unusual, then you can discover amazing facets of Africa.
With its immense deserts and elaborate rock formations, the clear blue sky, breathtaking landscapes and awesome colors, Africa is one of the most incredible and photogenic places in the world. It incorporates 54 countries, so you have a wide range of scenic places to visit.
Here are the top tourist destinations: Africas deserts and mountain safari in Africa you should explore.
The desert is thrilling, unpredictable and magical. If you’ve decided to go on a desert safari, be ready for vivid emotions, awesome views, and unpredictable situations. Africas deserts are beautiful, but dangerous sometimes. However, they are worth visiting. Choose between the following places:
Botswana is located in the center of southern Africa, more than 600 kilometers from the nearest coast. A low human population density, the highest GDP per capita on the African continent make this country an excellent choice both for safari and desert exploring.
Two words, which describe this territory, are aridity and flatness. Three-quarters of the country constitute the Kalahari Desert. This is what makes for its most remarkable aspect: The Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling in central Africa, 1000 km away.
Thereby, it is the greatest oasis, which offers a playground for big cats and hippos. You may visit the Duba area, where the lions hunt by day, so you may observe epic battles.
On this beautiful territory, you may engage in various activities: exploring the wildlife, walking through ancient paths through the desert, seeing breathtaking landscapes. For instance, you may observe a marvelous phenomenon – zebra migration. About 25,000 zebras cross the Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans. This is a perfect walking safari, which won’t leave you indifferent. Besides, you may also enjoy a horseback safari. The perfect period is between January and May. You’ll explore safari from new, surprising angles as walking safari, horseback safari, aerial journeys offer different types of experiences: from fearful proximity to enjoying the adventures from the air.
Besides, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers a great safari. You may enjoy the view of lions, herds, giraffes.
Zambia offers unrivaled beauty. The country is not overflown by tourists, but despite this, its tourist infrastructure can rival any of the well-known African resorts. Here you may enjoy a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park, which offers an authentic experience. South Luangwa, which has been nicknamed as “crowded valley” is a wild place without safari trucks and hoards. The sounds of wild animals, the mix of Savannah, woodland, make this place even more appealing to tourists, who like adrenaline. You can spy on crocodiles, listen to elephants, watch dung beetles.
Besides, you may uncover less traveled tracks in the Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks.
This unique country is the motherland of two deserts. Along its length, the sea Namib sprawls inland along the Atlantic coastline. Also, the plateau slopes away to the North and East and meets the Kalahari Desert. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world with the highest dunes.
Despite the influence of other countries throughout the Namibia’s history, it has a daring and multi-cultural character. So, you can not only climb the tallest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, viewing wildlife in the harsh conditions in the desert, climbing the Bushman rocks but also communicate with open and friendly Himba people.
Besides, you may go and see lions, elephants in Etosha National Park (wildlife sanctuary), rhinos at Ongava, search for desert-adapted elephants while exploring Damaraland’s landscapes. Also, ocean safaris are available, you may seek dolphins and seabirds.
On top of that, a new and an exhilarating experience is a flying safari across Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. A flying safari is the best way to explore the country, dominated by a staggering sense of space, an overwhelming intensity of light and colors. You observe breathtaking views: colored deserts, which explode with colors and then land in beautiful spots. For instance, you may examine minerals in the desert, canyons, wild beaches, ran down massive dunes and then continue your trip flying in the evening light.
The scale of the wilderness in Africa’s deserts and mountains takes the breath away and makes them spellbinding places to explore.
Safari in Africa is always thrilling, so your mountain trip should start from the following places:
- Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains
This is a remarkable place, which is known for Berber communities, who live there and almost biblical life – peaceful and calm. If you want to find hidden valleys, which offer breathtaking views and an even terrain, then drive south through the Tiz n’Tichka pass in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, then east to the Valley of the Roses. You’ll reach the place, which is perfect for a mobile camp. Tents, surrounded by lush valleys, stones, and amazing gardens will amaze you. Also, Barbarian families, which show you the part of their life, their children, who follow you and are curious about everything they see, offer you the scenes, which you won’t see in any other place in the world.
On top of that, you may enjoy the meals, which help you to taste life. Flat bread, baked on hot fire stones, mint tea, lamb kebabs, tuna salads will help you to feel a distinct isolation from the modern society.
- South Africa
South Africa offers a lot of destinations to explore. Cape Town is a pictorial city, flanked by Table Mountain and the Atlantic ocean. You’ll see the penguins on the beaches, towering peaks, which are both intimidating and breathtaking. Enjoy the atmosphere of the town with its multi-cultural traditions. Also, you may cycle through the Cape Winelands and hike to the summit of Table Mountain to enjoy spectacular views.
Marvel at impressive wildlife in Amakhala Game Reserve, which is located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. It plays a pivotal role in rehabilitating the country’s rhino population. The best attendance time is from June to September as it is the driest period, but in the meantime, this period coincides with the South African winter, so the temperatures at night are very cold.
Besides, Kruger National Park in South Africa is worth visiting. It is located in the northeast and it is flanked by the private lodges and conservancies of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Thus, the southern part of Kruger encompasses exclusive, expensive luxury lodges that provide haute cuisine, fine wines, excellent guides and a pretty good first-timer’s glance at the Big Five. If you need deeper experience, then visit the northernmost part. You’ll be amazed by a large diversity of mammals and bird life.
Tanzania is about rocky hills and densely forested areas. It is a prime safari destination.
People, who come to Tanzania, visit the Serengeti National Park, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest and numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger. There you can try walking safari. However, if you like mountain safari, you should climb Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and one of the seven summits of the world. Its massive and snow-capped mountains attract adventurers from all corners of the world. You may take a scenic route across ecological zones, in which rainforests are replaced by alpine deserts and finish the trip at Uhuru Peak. You’ll enjoy the views, and be amazed by the feeling of accomplishment once you reach the peak.
Also, you may take another route and reach the top going through bamboo rainforests, a flat plateau with views of Kibo and Mawenzi looming overhead. Except for the view from the mount top, marvelous wildlife views are another reward you’ll receive. There are a lot of professional guides and organizations, which supply necessary equipment, so your trip will be safe and comfortable.
So, Africa offers anything any tourist could wish: sought-after deserts, picturesque mountains, the great contrast of wetlands and dry terrain and friendly people, who can brighten up any vacation. If you are going to visit Africa, pack the camera, comfortable shoes (e.g. Nike Revolution with breathable and supportive feel), your cheerful spirit and go to meet adventure.