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the best ways to see africa
Africa is a vast continent, offering a diverse mix of culture, history, wildlife, cuisine, languages, and people. Its breathtaking landscapes, adventurous activities and fascinating set of traditions make it the go-to place for those looking to escape the ordinary and discover a completely new experience. However, to see everything the region has to offer, although unforgettable, would take a lifetime and is not a realistic expectation for the everyday person. Therefore, here is a list of the very best ways to get the most out of your trip to Africa and see as much as you can.
Go on a safari
Africa has become almost synonymous with the word safari, and for good reason. Its immense diversity of wildlife and flora have captured the imagination of visitors for decades, be it a walking tour through thickly forested national parks or a ride across vast landscapes in a Jeep, safaris are one of the best ways to experience Africa’s natural beauty. The Okavango Delta, located in Botswana, is without a doubt one of the continent’s most impressive destinations that can be explored on a safari, boasting the title as the only inland delta in the world.
Take a snorkeling trip
Just like its diverse range of mammals and birds, Africa also boasts interesting and exotic marine life, including whales, sharks, seals, penguins, and dolphins, as well as an abundance of stunning coral reefs. Naturally, the best way to get a glimpse of all this is to hire someone to take you out on a boat and go snorkeling, whether it’s in the more popular tourist spots in Zanzibar or the less well-known Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania. Africa is blessed with some of the world’s clearest waters, making snorkeling the perfect option for those who want to swim amongst the exotic selection of sea life.
Book a hike with a local tour guide
Walking in Africa may be slightly different to the sort of trips you are used to back home, with extreme temperatures, adverse weather conditions, difficult terrain and even entire tribes becoming unexpected obstacles along the way. Hiring a local tour guide to accompany you on a hike can be the best way to experience the land, while at the same time gain some knowledge about the region of which you would otherwise have been unaware. It can significantly reduce the chances of you getting lost, meaning you will have more time to relax and take in the awe-inspiring scenery.
Try some traditional food
Experiencing flavors you have never encountered before can be one of the best ways to learn about a country and find out how the locals live. Food says a lot about the people and history of a place, and can often tell you more than any guidebook or tour company. By studying the use of ingredients and cooking methods, you will gain a true sense of where you are visiting, while at the same time having the chance to enjoy some delicious meals.