Africa has been the ultimate journey for many adventurers—from ancient mariners to more recent pioneers like David Livingstone and Beryl Markham. This vast continent is bursting with magnificent wildlife, ancient culture, and diverse landscapes.
Africa’s natural and cultural wonders are truly limitless and offer incomparable experiences: stroll the white-sand beaches of the Seychelles; let the mist off roaring Victoria Falls wet your face; stand in awe of the Great Pyramids and wonder at the mysteries they still hold; hike up the world’s largest sand dunes in Namibia; sip traditional Moroccan mint tea with a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains; enjoy wine tasting in the rolling vineyards of South Africa; and stand in the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
Of course, what is Africa without a wildlife safari? Nowhere else in the world can you see such vast numbers of wildlife roaming free. Witness millions of wildebeest as they journey from the open plains of the Serengeti to the grasslands of the Maasai Mara; trek through the jungles of the Congo to view gorillas in their natural habitat, munching on leaves; see the cycle of life firsthand as a lion chases its prey in Botswana and Tanzania; float down the lush Okavango Delta past crocodiles and hippos; and hear the trumpeting of an elephant echoing across the plains. Africa’s jaw-dropping experiences will have you returning again and again.
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I like some animals more than some people, some people more than some animals.
The Great Migration is one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife events to witness. In a perpetual pilgrimage, more than two million herbivores (mainly wildebeests but also Burchell’s zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, and antelopes) make a year-long, 1,800-mile round-trip march across the plains of East Africa in pursuit of food and water.
Like any odyssey, the Great Migration is not without its perils—stealthy predators such as lions, leopards, jackals, and hyenas follow closely behind while hungry crocodiles, submersed in watering holes and river crossings, lie in wait. The epic commuters travel northeast from the southern stretches of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and ultimately to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The herds then follow the route in reverse before repeating the migration all over again. Traveling in both directions, migrants cross some of the region’s most important water sources, namely the Mbalageti, Grumeti, and Mara Rivers.
If there ever was a trip of a lifetime, this is it—for the animals, of course, but also for anyone fortunate enough to see the Great Migration firsthand.
African safaris offer a unique array of accommodations—from safari hotels and lodges to semi-permanent tented camps—that are clean, comfortable, and often extremely luxurious. Some even offering spa services such as massage on your own private deck.
You’ll also experience freshly-prepared meals while on safari, as camps employ professional cooks that pride themselves on delicious, full-bodied, hearty meals. In the morning, wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and bread right out of the oven. In the evening, enjoy a drink at the lounge and take in spectacular views overlooking gorgeous waterways and scenic vistas.
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