Photo by Taryn Elliott
Africa should top your travel bucket list if you’re looking for that once-in-a-lifetime excursion experience! After all, what’s not to love about this majestic, nature-endowed continent?
This “Mother Continent” offers the biggest and the largest – not to mention the most exciting adventure ever found in the world.
Arica, the second largest continent in the world, is the oldest inhabited region on the Earth. Aptly named the “cradle of mankind,” globetrotters packed up their bags, ticked off this continent on their passport’s travel bucket list, and headed off to this country for an experience you could not find anywhere else in the world.
This continent is packed to the brim with the most beautiful places Mother Nature could bestow with and adventures that are often risky and comparable to none.
With that said, it is almost impossible to finish off all of the things a traveler should do in a limited amount of time allotted in visiting Africa; it would probably entail a year – no, a lifetime! – if an individual is to truly experience everything that this treasure-chest of a continent has to offer.
Let’s break down what makes Africa so unique in so many ways.
Africa’s monikers, “Mother Continent” and “cradle of mankind,” aren’t names conjured out of a whim just because of their geographical significance. Studies have shown that civilization existed and thrived in this region for over 5 million years.
Africa comprises 54 countries and ten territories, with 3,000 diverse ethnic groups speaking around 2,000 languages – with an offshoot of dialects.
This continent also boasts the world’s longest river (the Nile), the largest and hottest desert (the Sahara), and the most diverse group of wildlife, with the tallest, fastest, and largest animals ever found.
And if you’re into the “diamonds are girls’/man’s best friend” thing, you’ve come to the right place. This continent is the world’s top diamond producer, with Botswana in the lead for having the most natural gemstones and industrial diamonds produced.
Here’s another thing uniquely Africa: The continent also proudly houses the most recognized UNESCO world heritage sites with a staggering number of 129 properties, a combination of cultural, natural, and mixed properties. These sites include Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania, and the Great Lakes of Kenya.
Things You Want to Remember!
Africa has it all waiting for you if you’re after a daredevil experience or a simple sun and sand relaxation. Or, whether you’re looking for a culinary treat or an unforgettable cultural immersion, this region is definitely on your bucket list.
But if you’re pressured with time and only have a couple of days to explore and experience Africa, then make sure that you at least check off some of these must-do African adventures before you pack your bags and head back home.
Safari in Swahili means “to journey” – a fitting phrase, if any. The wildlife safari journey is a must-do, if not the top priority, for a complete circle of an African experience. The option can get overwhelming from seeing the “big five,” the leopard, lion, rhino, African buffalo, and elephant.
Start at the Kruger National Park if it’s your first-time safari experience. This safari park is one of the world’s most great game-viewing areas that runs for over 7,500 square miles, roughly the size of a small country. And yes, you could also see the big five thriving in this national park, including cheetahs, hippos, Nile crocodiles, rare black rhinos, etc.
For an iconic destination, the world UNESCO heritage site Serengeti National Park should be part of your African safari experience. This park is known for the annual migration of wildebeest and zebras and an area covering 3.2 million hectares, surrounding most of Tanzania’s northwestern corner.
While Away Time on the Beach
Africa is also home to some of the world’s finest beaches, and you need to explore and enjoy some of these before you make your way home.
Seychelles archipelago is the perfect beach getaway if you’re into leisure and romance. Anse Source D’Argent, located on the island of La Digue, is a pristine beauty of pure white sand set in an archetypal paradise beach. If you’re looking for some beach adventure with a little bit of history in the mix, you need to try out Île Sainte-Marie, off the coast of eastern Madagascar. This tropical paradise island was known to be a haven for pirates in the 17th century, as evidenced by a pirate cemetery near the main town.
Get Up Close with Mountain Gorillas
A trip to Africa is only complete once you experience mountain gorillas. Gorillas are native to Africa because of the favorable tropical rainforest climate conditions for their diet and habitat. So, if you want a near-to-Tarzan adventure, you must see some mountain gorillas.
The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda are among the best places to glimpse these animals.
Ride a Hot Air Balloon
One of the best ways to experience Africa is from the sky. A hot air balloon ride can give you that majestically breathtaking view of Africa in its natural beauty. Most passages are available at top safari destinations, such as the Serengeti in Tanzania, Maasai Mara in Kenya, and the Western Cape in South Africa. The best time to go up in the sky is at the beginning of dawn to get the best of the sunrise.
What’s not to love about Africa? This continent has everything, and every visit will all be worth it – a game-changer for that globetrotting experience!
Famous nature and wildlife photographer Nicki Geigert, in her book Family Trip To Magical Madagascar and Beyond, showed everything there is to love about Africa in an adventure of a lifetime on magical Madagascar.
So, get those bags and tickets ready, see the world at its finest, and be an African tripper!