How would you like to celebrate your second opportunity in life when we overcome or adopt to Coronavirus? I think the best answer should be traveling and exploring places that you’ve ever wished to visit. In fact, if there’s one lesson that i believe we’ve all learned from the outbreak of COVID-19 within our nations is that tomorrow is never guaranteed and we should celebrate and enjoy each day to the fullest. Picture this; you were born and grew up in place X, went and finished school at the same place and eventually got employed at the same place where you were born and raised. Now your region has been hit by the spread of COVID-19; meaning that you can no longer go to work or do your normal stuff due to the fact that your government has declared a state lock-down. How does that sound? Sad, stressful and boring especially for someone who has never had a chance to explore different place, meet new people, explore different culture, eat different cuisine and experience new adventure and activities.
However the best part is that as human we’ve proven over time that we can always adopt to every situation or challenge that come our way and I believe there’re brighter days to come and opportunity for us to do things differently when we overcome this difficult time and here are the top Five Must-Have Experiences in Africa that we highly recommend for you when things go back to normal:
1. Masai Mara
For anyone seeking a true African wilderness experience then a visit to Masai Mara Game Reserve should be one of your top activity on your bucket list. What makes this destination so special is the famous great wildebeest migration which occur at the Mara river from July to October. This is a huge attraction that brings over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and several species of antelope uniformly making a circular tour between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. Apart from the mass exodus of wildebeest, this park can be visited throughout the year due to its richest concentration of wildlife, including the “Big Five”(Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Rhino & Buffalo) as well as Zebras, Antelope, Hyena and Giraffes
2. Ngorongoro Crater
Often referred to as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, Ngorongoro Crater is another must-experience destination in Africa because of its sheer beauty and ancient caldera whereby visitors are able to encounter over 30,000 wild animals in the crater’s diverse range of habitats: swampy wetlands, open savannah, woodland and lake – all within the steep rock walls that climb through thick forest some 600 m to the rim. The crater is also an all year round destination, ensuring great sightings no matter when you decide to visit the Ngorongoro crater.
3. Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is the second most popular destination in Kenya after the Masai Mara and what makes this parks so special is the fantastic views of the highest Mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5,896 Meters (19,341 ft) especially in the early morning and late afternoon when the Mountain becomes visible. The striking picturesque appearance of Mount Kilimanjaro is something else and you have to experience it to know the feeling. Additionally, numerous wildlife especially the African Elephants can be experienced at this park throughout the year.
4. Kibale, Playground of Chimpanzees
The playground of Uganda’s chimpanzees, Kibale National Park is one of the last remaining areas of rain-forest in Africa that offers visitors 75 percent chance of viewing over 600 chimpanzees that nest in its tree canopy.
5. Zanzibar and its Pristine Beaches
Off the Coast of Tanzania floats archipelago of spice Islands-Zanzibar and Pemba. Here where the ancient Swahili culture flourishes almost unchanged and the dhows sail as they have for thousands of years, there are silver beaches and clear blue sea. The island is also blessed with spice gardens and sultan’s palaces; and the chance to wander through the ancient lanes of Stone Town with its antique emporiums, ‘House of Wonders,’ Dr.Livingstone’s house, old Slave market and Arab Fort
Cheers & Stay Safe!