25 May A Travel Bucket List – Celebrating Africa
This bucket list comes with a warning; it may only be attempted with a 4×4 vehicle and you must be armed with mosquito repellant, sunscreen and a hat, a toilet roll, small USD bills, lots of gin, and tonic, and a sense of humour. Leave behind your hairdryer, resign yourself to smelling odd and looking a little crusty.
The “Place of Elephants”, Gonarezhou National Park. This is true wilderness for the moment. Watch the elephants against the backdrop of the flaming orange, sandstone cliffs of Chilojo. Preferably with an icy gin and tonic clutched in sweaty hands.
Next up, the little-known Eden of Gabon. In the Loango National Park, you can spend time with the Western gorillas, search for forest elephants, forest buffalo, and red river hog – but the highlight would surely have to be the surfing hippos!
Table Mountain in Cape Town might not seem an obvious choice, but it makes the list with 2,200 species of plant and 1,470 floral species, with over 70% of flowers endemic to Table Mountain. Also, one of the few places to see penguins in Africa! Never mind the wine …
Once you have spent time in the Okavango Delta, you may well be spoiled for all other nature reserves. The wildlife experience is absolutely unique. Glide silently along hippo-made channels in a traditional makoro, enjoy exclusive game viewing – it is peace and luxury and the best of earth’s bounty.
The last pick brings us back to Zimbabwe, the “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (Smoke that thunders), the mighty, majestic Victoria Falls. And an adventure town where the brave (or foolish) bungee off bridges, swing across the gorge, white water raft, and ride in helicopters. Or you can sip cocktails poolside, take sunset cruises, and enjoy your hotel’s spa. Something for everyone.
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