Vacationing in Africa isn’t limited to the typical safari adventure.
With the world becoming increasing smaller, more people than ever before are traveling the world, and travel to Africa is no exception. Once celebrated as the ‘go to’ Safari destination, many are beginning to realize that there is a lot more to do than stake out for lions. Travel sites like africatravel.com actively work to provide a more intimate and thoughtful experience, starting from where people choose to stay on the continent. Travel off the beaten path is key in truly enjoying the Africa experience. We rounded up our top six list of things to do and places to go. It’s a bucket list – go big, or go home!
Relaxing in Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi was cited as a feature for travelers visiting Malawi, with its beaches and islands offering tourists “high-visibility snorkeling”. Although it currently stands as the fifth largest lake in the world by volume, time spent at Lake Malawi offers an intimate and memorable experience, particularly if you are a lover of all things water.
Medieval style adventure at Kajuru Castle
Abuja has Aso Rock, Lagos has the National Art Theatre and Kaduna has the Kajuru Castle, built by a German businessman – Gerhard Huebner. The medieval inspired architecture is a must see on any visit to Nigeria. It is a great place to veg out, complete with a Finnish sauna, a stainless steel pool and ample guest accommodation. Plus, the views are exquisite.
Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
It’s not really about playing hide and seek with the Gorillas as it is about getting to know these amazing animals in their own habitat. Mountain Gorillas are endangered, and they can only be seen in certain parts of the world, including African continent. Good quality walking boots are a must if trying any of the hikes, and warm layers of clothing for the cold and wet weather is necessary, particularly when escalating to higher altitudes.
Learning at the Kigali Memorial Center
This spot serves as a little reminder of what the human heart is capable of. Out of this terrible experience however, Rwanda has grown stronger and the Kigali Memorial Center provides a powerful and moving tribute to the lives that were lost, and those who survived the 1994 genocide, even as it shares this part of its history with the world.
Pony Trekking in Lesostho
Lesotho is a very small country in the southern part of the continent, but it is well known for its breathtaking scenery and of course, pony trekking. Pony trekking is a great way to experience the traditional culture of the Basotho people. No experience to this part of the continent is complete without a pony trek.
Falling in love with nature at Victoria Falls
Some say that a view of the falls is so powerful and overwhelming that they are moved to tears (more like incessant sobbing). Sounds like a lot of heavy emotions, but you will have to see it to believe it. The best time of the year to go is right after the rainy season, between February and May. Make sure you bring your beloved hanky with you.
Time travel to back those days, at the Cape Coast Castle
The trans-Atlantic slave trade is well over; the door of no return at the Elmina Castle, coined as such to depict the fate of Africans who were captured and sold into slavery is now open to the breathtaking vastness of the Atlantic, along the coast of Ghana. A walk through the castle and its fixtures easily transports you to a time when humans were treated with amazing brutality, but it also highlights the resilience of the human spirit. A visit to this landmark is a must for every African or World history buff.
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