Africa is the birthplace of civilization and the continent with the rarest species of animals in the world. Unspoiled nature, tribes untouched by time, remnants of an age long passed, all these can be admired by anyone who has the heart to discover them. Learn why we consider these to be the top 3 places to visit in Africa.
1. Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Kenya is a wonder by itself, but Masai Mara is the epicenter of African wildlife and the place where you can observe the wildebeest migration between September and October. Millions of wildebeests and thousands of zebras and gazelles travel to find fresh grass. The migration takes place over 3 national parks.
It’s undoubtedly the greatest national reserve in Africa, with the highest number of species visitors can observe. There are many types of safari tours you can choose from, which include game drives, hot-air balloon safaris, and more importantly, discovering the Maasai Tribe and its wonderful culture.
The Maasai have been the protectors of these wildlands for thousands and thousands of years. The communities are in tune with nature, involved in protecting everything around them, and living their lives in a simple manner, without disturbing the natural order. The Maasai people are incredibly friendly and welcoming to visitors. This is the best place to learn about their traditions and support the local economy.
2. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia
This natural spectacle is one of the greatest waterfalls in the world, with a height of 354 ft and a with of 5603 ft. It’s located at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia on the Zambezi river. The waterfall named after Queen Victoria in the 19th century is amazing even during the dry season when the Zambezi River Walk is possible. We absolutely advise hiring a local guide to help you walk this trail, as the river can be quite dangerous, and you can encounter predators, such as crocodiles.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, there are many activities available on the river, such as romantic dinners on a yacht, helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, watching the sunset from a river cruise, and exploring the local wildlife. Visitors who crave adrenaline have a chance to do some bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge or visit the local crocodile farm.
3. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
One of the best adventures you can embark on in Africa is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s not possible to visit it without a guide. All visitors must be part of a tour in order to trek the dormant volcano. This is the highest peak in Africa and can be a challenge to those who are not physically fit. It takes between 4 and 10 days to trek to the summit, and there are 7 paths available.
It’s very important to let your body adjust to the altitude change, that’s why people who take longer to reach it have a higher success rate. The weather is one of the deciding factors for success, so make sure you plan it for January-March or June-October.