Sun, Sea And Safari – The Top 12 African Experiences (part 1)

America’s streets offer retail therapy, Europe’s cities offer romantic breaks, Thailand’s beaches offer relaxation – but if you’re looking for adventure, then head to Africa. Here’s a guide to the top 12 African experiences.

1. Monkey business in Uganda

Swing by one of Uganda’s two Gorilla Tracking Parks to see our furry friends. You can spend one hour with the gorillas but the rules prohibit you from touching them – although be warned, they may touch you! Keep an eye out for leopard, buffalo, bushbuck and golden monkeys as well.

The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is situated on the extreme southwest corner of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is in southwestern Uganda and also boasts some spectacular birds and chimpanzees.

2. Balloon ride in Kenya

Don’t exert yourself. Get a bird’s eye view of the sights at your own pace with a hot air balloon ride. You and your travel companions can enjoy leisurely views of the Serengeti or Kilimanjaro. Though before you lift off, check that your travel insurance covers such adventures.

3. Relax in the Seychelles

Life’s a beach on these granite and coral islands, which lie 1,500km east of mainland Africa. The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state and is known for its beauty and tranquility. Enjoy the pristine beaches or sail away in a glass-bottom boat.

4. Leptis Magna, Libya

Pack your camera because these amazingly well-preserved remains of a Roman settlement are well worth a visit. The Severan Arch (which was built in honour of Emperor Septimus Severus), the marble and granite-lined Hadrianic Baths and a fabulous amphitheatre are among the sights you can capture while spending time in Libya. Sand baths and salt-lake bathing are also popular attractions.

5. Lose yourself in Morocco’s souks

Practice your bartering techniques and take to the souks of Morocco. Leather goods, home furnishings, live chickens, and lizards are aplenty in these atmospheric markets. Monkey tamers, storytellers and musicians entertain the crowds in Marrakech’s main square, Djemaa el Fna, while the northern city of Fes boasts the world’s largest souks.

6. Have a whale of a time in South Africa

Visit Cape Town in the peak season between mid-August and mid-October and the warmer waters will make whale spotting likely. Grab some binoculars, jump on board a boat or take to the skies in a helicopter. There’s also a chance you’ll spot penguins or seals along the way. Situated on the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Town is also home to international jazz festivals, wine valleys, beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping and the world’s highest commercial bungee jump.

In particular when heading futher afield, make sure that you have valid travel insurance.

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