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Africa is known as the land of unlimited adventure and unimaginable natural beauty. It is a continent that attracts millions of tourists form all across the world. An African safari holiday is a journey of discovery where you explore it's secrets and experience the sights and sounds of this unique and exotic safari travel destination. There is nothing more romantic than sitting around a fire, looking out over the African bush and discerning the animal sounds all around. African culture is characterized by a vastly diverse patchwork of social values, ranging from extreme patriarchy to extreme matriarchy, sometimes in tribes existing side by side. It is one of the most rewarding continents to travel through. Overlanding is an affordable and exciting form of travel allowing passengers to meet like-minded people in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. Accommodation is usually in tents but travelers may stay in budget hotels.
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This continent remains the last natural habitat for a majority of the wildlife we cherish and admire. It is also the only preserved and pristine continent that prides a combination of culture and traditions from yesteryear creating a true to life experience for all visitors. Tanzania ‘s rich biodiversity can be done by taking a count of the following: 3000 lions in the Selous, regular sightings of African Hunting Dogs in Ruaha extinct in most parts of this continent, Chimpanzees in Mahale and Gombe in their natural habitat, circumambulation of a million wildebeests in the Serengeti and the list goes on. Visiting Tanzania on a wildlife and nature safari ascertains a once in a lifetime experience unlike anything you may have encountered.
Hike up to the world's tallest free standing mountain - It's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Visit Nairobi and enjoy a genuine African experience by visiting the diverse cultures, ways of life and traditions of the people of Kenya. Meet the tall elegant Maasai, whose dress code would want you to take a thousand and one pictures, which you hope to display to your friends at home; also visit ancient civilizations in Lamu, where the town has basically stopped as time flew by. Witness the rituals, traditions and rites of passage of the Samburu people or travel. Zanzibar remains one of few undiscovered pristine beach destinations in the world with beautiful white silky-sand beaches and azure blue waters where the water temperatures are refreshingly warm, where you know walking into the Indian Ocean waters, that you will remain comfortable and feel invigorated. Relax under the shades of the famous Zanzibar coconut trees and read their book or sun bathe, their mind, body and soul far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in their hometown.
The diverse scenery of Cape Town and other cities in South Africa offers a landscape for every taste. Wide open vistas, a wild and untamed coastline, fields of exotic flowers, luscious forests, majestic mountains, scenic splendour as far as the eye can see! Whether you wish to laze in the sun, swim, hike along the coast or in the mountains, or savour good food and take in the history and culture, you will see and experience stunning scenery everywhere around you. Visit Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt which represents one of the greatest architectural feats by man. The last of the surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the world's oldest tourist attractions and the reason most people visit Egypt today. There is nothing quite like getting a thorough soaking from the roaring, powerful Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe. The spray is so impressive from the look-out points, it feels like you are in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. The Victoria Falls are one of the Natural Wonders of the world and something you just have to experience. Combining white-water rafting with an unparalleled cultural adventure, the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia is a fascinating destination and can be a perfect holiday. Situated at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech in Morocco is large, noisy, polluted and smelly. But Marrakech is also fascinating, full of history, the cultural centre of Morocco and beautiful. If you enjoy a daily assault on all your senses then you'll have a lot of fun. When the most popular sights include numerous references to "tranquillity" and "peace" like the Majorelle gardens or the gardens around the Saadian Tombs you know you're in for an interesting experience.
Best Time to Visit
This depends on your specific needs and requirements. Interests range from It’s spectacular wildlife to the wide variety of birds that occur in here at different times of the year. Other interest are botany, culture and natural phenomena (such as the sardine run on the east coast of South Africa or the migration of wildebeest in Serengeti and Kenya). Many guests use their favourite activity as the foundation and build their holiday around these activities such as fly-fishing, diving, kayaking, photography or horse riding.
Summer is the best time to travel for birding, botany and great weather. It is generally felt that the African winter is the best time to go on safari, as the grass is dry and vegetation sparse making game viewing easier. This is especially true for the wildlife of Tanzania and Kenya. In areas where malaria is prevalent, summer is generally a more risky time to travel. So, before you go on safari, consult your doctor for the necessary anti-malaria medication.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for an unforgettable African adventure:
Health - Malaria and Dengue Fever are perhaps the most feared and prevalent diseases in here. It is inadvisable to travel in sub-Saharan Africa without appropriate prophylaxis. Dress with long sleeved shirts and long pants after dark. Sleep in screened-in areas. Use smoke coils in your living area and wear a bug repellent with DEET. While it is your choice of which immunizations to take, be aware that a certificate proving yellow fever immunization is required for entry into many sub-Saharan African nations, and may be required if you plan to travel elsewhere from here. Check with your local physician or travel medical clinic at least two months before departure.
Touts - Near every major trekking and safari area in here you are bound to run into touts promising top-notch excursions. Never book with the first seller that approaches you. Take the time to look around for other deals. Disreputable touts are known to target budget lodgings looking for those needing budget trips. If it sounds like a ridiculously low price, beware. Those pre-paid huts may well turn out to be unusable tents, food may run short, and entrance fees may not be included.
Medication - In addition to all the standard health care items, make sure to bring a course of antibiotics that will help with stomach ailments, extra anti-malarial medication, sterile latex gloves, a sterile syringe and needle. Remember that AIDS is spreading throughout continent like wildfire. Don’t take chances with your health.
Safety -Always carry your money with you, and wear a money belt, neck purse or leg safe at all times. Keep your passport and the majority of your money hidden in the belt. Do not walk alone through a city at night. If you have any doubts about the safety of an area, ask the locals, the local police or your embassy/consulate.
Hitchhiking - While hitchhiking is a common form of transport throughout this continent, never, ever, hitch alone
Disturbance - If you find yourself in a troubled area or if where you are suddenly erupts into crisis, locate and get to your embassy or consulate as soon as possible. It is a good idea to register with your embassy or consulate if you are travelling in an unpredictable place
Heat - The African sun is notoriously strong. Don’t underestimate its power. Use sunscreen
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