I would have expected more, to be quite honest, given your complete and never-ending addiction to the continent …
Well, I had to keep this down or I would never have published this article, would I? Clearly, I could go all day and all night to explain why Africa should be on everyone’s list, but at least that’s a start. Also, in the next post, I have another 13 comings in …
All right, fair enough. So what is Africa so great about then?
In a nutshell, there is nowhere like it on earth. There is something for every traveler, given its vast size and the sheer number of countries found on the most exciting content in the world at least 54, the exact number depends on who you ask. It is pretty cool in itself that we can not even agree on how many countries there are in Africa, I think.
Certainly on every continent on this planet there are adventures, but nothing really matches what Africa can provide. It’s not always easy, it’s often chaotic, and you will probably learn to drain schedules and detailed plans and move along – but isn’t it anyway better? The peaceful life can expect – the colors, the laughter, the dynamism, the spontaneity, the fun!
Some disadvantages exist, but this is not the place to live on. The greatest problem faced by many visitors is the fact that they are incurably hit by the Africa bug and that any other holiday destination in comparison is inevitably a little deceitful. This article will explain why this is the case, but it will never be used as a substitute for you.
- You will enjoy sunsets that are difficult to believe
In honesty, it wasn’t easy to pick a single photo to show this-my hard drive bursts with amazing shots. But finally, in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, there was something about it.
- Sunrise is also quite awesome, as it happens
To see the sunrise in Africa, you will have to get up early – the earlier you go from an equator. But after a few days, you will do it willingly, and that dawn begins is required for the safari’s best wildlife sightings. At 5.30 a.m. I was not afraid to be up. Flying across my balcony at Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe to catch this eagle …
- Then the night sky is there
Now I don’t have good photos myself (I don’t have enough camera equipment/skills), but I’ve found this one – though most cloudless nights will become more spectacular. You will be blown away in the night sky by zero light pollution in the wilderness of South Africa.
- Meetings of wildlife
It’s a different topic, but I managed to settle in for hundreds of photographs. We came over this lion alongside four others as we left Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Africa has an unforgettable array of animals at home and the safari. You never get to meet her wildlife – you never know what to expect and every experience is unique.
- Encounters with people
I said that this list was not in any particular order and that proves it because meeting people is the main reason for visiting Africa. Their friendliness, openness, and generosity soon made us ashamed and travelers realized that the importance of human interactions in life was really understood.
When people call African countries “developing,” it always irritates me. Africa has developed in many ways and we have gone too far – over-developed in the so-called modern world. Come to see for yourself, come down. This picture was taken by the staff who saw us after a marvelous stay at Hyena Pan if you wondered.
- You wait for the adventure
Whether you’re on safari, touring ancient ruins, or diving on the Indian Ocean, adventure is everywhere in Africa – but there are plenty of other ways to boost your adrenaline. Why not take the example and jump off a cliff in Zimbabwe near to Victoria Fallen, our daughter Rebecca (marginally to the right), and their friend Helene (to the left).
It’s the awful ‘Gorge Swing,’ which drops down until the rope tightens, pendula over the furious water of the Zambezi River, and seems to be amazing fun. This is the great gorge swing.
- They don’t give up Africans – they “make a plan”
I heard that in Zimbabwe for the first time, but then in several other countries in the region, and it is my favorite African phrase. It’s also one I’m trying to live by anywhere I am. When something goes wrong, we find somebody to blame, lodge a complaint, and/or call somebody to fix it.
In Zimbabwe, where God knows that the people have had more problems than we can even begin to imagine, they say, “We’re going to make a plan.” The photograph above from a completely inundated road in Botswana between Maun and Nata may not appear to prove this at first sight. Let me elaborate, however. The truck was used as a forthcoming “ferry” and transported vehicles across the waterfront for a fee.
His owners not only made a plan, they also made good money for other drivers who could not pass through the meter-deep water to provide an ingenious service. This picture was taken on our recommended tour of Wild Botswana and Victoria Falls.
- Music and dance are all around
It was dancing (and smiles) that made me feel back home, just as I wrote all these years ago when we returned to Africa first since 1994. Africa has its own rhythm and music is an important part of everyday life on the continent.
In the form of improvised performances by the cleaners of the airport, or of more formal performances, such as the one presented by the dance troupe in eSwatini (a country formally called Swaziland). On our tour of South Africa Walking – Small Group, eSwatini features.
- How good the food is, you might be surprised
Africa is a food lover’s paradise from roadside chop bars to fine restaurants, all between them. Get ready for the delicious and diverse food that has come out of a wildly distant log cabin in the bush, a day’s journey from the nearest shops.
Stun the preparation process, because maize is pounded for hours to produce Nzema or its equivalent, then served with a delicious stew and eaten in a friendly company with bare hands.
And be sure to visit extraordinary locations such as 4Roomed Akashi Culture above, a concept of lifestyle based on the four-roomed homes found in the town of Khayelitsha in the South African city of Cape Town. Here to eat will be the Mother City’s most memorable time.
- Culture and traditions are strong and proud.
Traditional medicine is alive and well in Africa, along with traditional beliefs and culture (as illustrated with a snap in the Johannesburg city center’s Muti shop). These coexist with their modern versions and give visitors a fascinating insight into how we do not know.
- You learn the precious art of patience
In fact, Shit does occur. You’ve not really been to safari until, as we did here in Botswana, you are stuck in the mud. And you make a plan when you do. And you learn to be patient – not only during the implementation of plans and the resolution of problems but also while you wait.
African times are different; you may not get to the point I am making and you will simply not wear a watch in Africa. And that’s good, isn’t it?
- Modern life you can detox.
This brings us to the next point very well. Modern life, after all, really is a waste, to misquote Blur slightly. And in Africa, you can get away from everything. Put away your goddamn phone, forget about emails, the commute, and everything else.
You will be quick to adapt and feel much better – personally, the only thing is that you do not have a mobile signal, and this is increasingly rare.
- G&T can be detoxed
The sunsets are part and parcel of safari and they are also pleasant at sunset anywhere else in Africa. Gin and Tonic, there is just one drink for you to sip. The story is over.
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