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10 Reasons to Love Africa - Photo Blog

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
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They say a picture paints a thousands words. They're right. With those words comes a swarm of enlightenment, inspiration and emotion: if the subject is on the other side of an experienced shutter jockey. Check out these brilliantly illustrated 10 reasons to love Africa in this photo blog. Hats off to the photographers who manage to capture a true slice of magnificence.

1. Wildlife

Africa is home to a horde of amazing wildlife which manage to nuzzle their way into our hearts and intrigue our minds. A land simply crawling with a unique set of wild creatures which include Africa's Big 5: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.

 

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Above photo by dogansoysal

2. Culture

Stretches of Africa are still very much alive with traditional cultures which go about their daily lives without modern technology. Ipod? GPS? Huh? The bushmen of the Masai Mara still go out and hunt for wildlife traditionally and have their woman making jewellery and babies. Experiencing a day with such a tribe offers an eye opening experience.

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Above photo by phototheo

3. Bird Life

With destinations like the lush Okavango Delta in Botswana, flocks of birds call Africa home. Bright, quick, beautiful, swooping, twittering and curious - a variety awaits your binoculars in Africa.

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Above photo by dogansoysal

4. Beaches

Zanzibar, South Africa, Mozambique... The list goes on! Africa boasts absolutely gorgeous sandy beaches with the hue of the sea forever changing as you journey along the coastline. The ultimate in relaxation and fun means picking a seaside destination to sip your cocktail in.

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Above photo by Sabinevangastel

5. Cuisine

More delicious than an image of Brad Pitt wearing nothing but a smile, African cuisine is to die for! Potjie kos is a traditional African stew which takes hours to prepare. All the more time for socialising around a camp fire and sipping on a cold one.

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Above photo by MikeRaats

6. Sunsets

My oh my. Africa's sunsets are something to write home about. There is nothing more peaceful than sitting silently as the big ball of fire in the sky retires for the day, sinking behind the horizon. If ever you wish to feel as though time is standing still, let yourself be mesmerised by one of the best things about Africa: its sunset.

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Above photo by dogansoysal

7. Adventure

Grab your zest for life and get out there! With countless opportunities to scream with glee and feel your heart bouncing around in your rib cage, Africa's got adventure!

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Above photo by leighd

8. Landscapes

Never-ending vista's of natural beauty, dotted with flora, fauna and the promise of one of those gorgeous sunsets we were talking about earlier.

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Above photo by underdogg101

9. History

With destinations like Egypt, Africa can safely boast of its historical greatness. The pyramids? An architectural phenomenon of years gone by.

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Above photo by cienki777

10. Festivals

With the perfect fusion of amazing destinations and fascinating people, festivals emerge. Africa's population love to go big and provide an opportunity to connect, dance, share and eat.

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Above photo by Festival au Desert

Explore Africa. With so many reasons why you should, can you think of one really good reason why you shouldn't book a budget overland trip to enjoy them?

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Tags: featured-photographers, photography, things-to-do


Top 5 African Adventure Tours for Thrill Seekers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
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So you’re the kind of chap who’d take a shot of adrenaline with your cornflakes if you could. You’ve done the bungee jumping, the white water rafting and the gorge swing, and now you’re looking for your next adventure tour fix. Cool. We’ve got options.

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1. Great White Shark Cage Diving (Do it!)

The Gans Baai coast, off shore of Hermanus is where it happens. People put other people into cages and throw them in the water. They then add bloody bait to attract great white sharks. Fun hey? Now that’s a great white way to spend your day. Experience great white shark cage diving on the Cape Town and Garden Route overland trip.

2. Quadbiking in the Dunes (Do it!)

Swakopmund isn’t the adventure capital of Namibia for nothing! Hop on a quad bike and zip around on a thrilling adventure tour of 60 km of conservation dune field. The throttle is the key to releasing your adrenaline. Do it! Experience quadbiking in the dunes on the Namibian Discoverer overland trip.

3. Praia Do Tofo Whale Shark Safari (Do it!)

The tame whale shark is said to be more whale than shark. This pussy cat of the sea is absolutely stunning: the way it moves, the way it photographs, the way it takes your breath away. Swim and snorkel around these majestic creatures for that rush that makes you pin the experience as an unforgettable adventure tour. Experience the Praia Do Tofo whale shark safari on a Classic Mozambique overland trip.

4. Drakensberg Rock Climbing (Do it!)

Rock climbing the Drakensberg offers awesome view points from most of the summits. The routes are made up of both bolted and good ol’ traditional climbing. The Drakensberg is a good spot for hoisting your body weight around, because of its 180km long escarpment, running east towards the Indian Ocean with deep valleys and peaks rising to 3300 meters. Simply beautiful adventure tour… and worth every bead of sweat. Experience the Drakensberg on an Swazi and Lesotho overland trip.

5. Swakopmund Sky Diving (Do it!)

5 000ft free fall over Namibia’s landscape. Take two pairs of underwear. Enough said. Experience Swakopmund sky diving on a Cape Town to Swakopmund overland trip. For an adventure tour of a life time, experience these adrenaline pumping activities while on an overland trip. Meet new people, rough it, camp, laugh, take photos, make memories. Be awesome! Pick your adventure HERE!

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Tags: adventure-tour, adventure-tours, quadbiking, shark-cage-diving, sky-diving, things-to-do, top-5, whale-shark


Adventure Travel in Africa

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Adventure travel in Africa promises the most thrilling, adrenaline pumping, pupil dilating activities while you're surrounded by the most beautiful flora, fauna, bodies of water and stretches of land.

1. Zambia Adventure Travel Activities

1. Jet Boating on the Zambezi
2. Zambezi River White Water Rafting
3. Victoria Falls Elephant Ride

Half the size of Europe, Zambia is home to gorgeous wilderness areas, national parks and fosters about 740 bird species. Boasting some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world, namely Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba, Zambia provides a plethora of different adventure travel and safari activities.

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Above: Victoria Falls

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2. Mozambique Adventure Travel Activities

1. Inhambane Scuba Diving
2. Praia Do Tofo Deep Sea Fishing
3. Praia Do Tofo Whale Shark Safari

Mozambique is a string of deserted tropical islands and coral beaches. This country offers endless adventure activities, safaris and seafood so fresh it has practically leaped out of the water and onto your plate. This marine paradise is a honeymooning haven and an adventure traveller’s bliss.

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Above: Whale Shark Safari

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3. South Africa Adventure Travel Activities

1. Tandem Paragliding from Lions Head
2. Abseil Table Mountain
3. Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump
4. Drakensberg Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing
5. Great White Shark Cage Diving
6. Orange River Canoeing
7. Scuba Diving in Cape Town
8. Table Mountain Guided Bike Ride
9. Two Oceans Aquarium Skark Diving

South Africa is buzzing with diverse cultures, breathtaking scenery and world-class adventure travel attractions. With the Kruger National Park and its proud Big Five, with Table Mountain and its hiking, cable car and abseiling, with townships, friendly people and a variety of culturally rich cities, South Africa is the scenic adventure travellers's Mecca.

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Above: Abseiling off Table Mountain

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4. Namibia Adventure Travel Activities

1. Swakopmund Quadbiking
2. Swakopmund Sandboarding
3. Swakopmund Sky Diving
4. Sossusvlei Scenic Flight
5. Paragliding
6. Game Fishing

Namibia: known for Etosha National Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei and the coastal town of Swakopmund, this country is an adventure traveller’s playground. Its range of adventure activities, string of endangered wildlife, and conservation efforts make Namibia a truly beautiful place to enjoy a scenic adventure travel experience.

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Above: Swakopmund Skydiving

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5. Zimbabwe Adventure Travel Activities

Zimbabwe is home to four World Heritage Sites, one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders’ of the World, and offers a variety of adventure travel activities, plus great Big 5 safari tours. The world famous and awe inspiring Zambezi River and Victoria Falls is the perfect setting to enjoy many of those activities which get your adrenaline pumping, while surrounded by Zimbabwe’s natural beauty.

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Above: Gweru Elephant Swim

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If you're looking for adventure travel, Africa is the continent you can find it in. The biggest, the best, the most beautiful adventure holiday destination: Africa.

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Tags: adventure, adventure-travel, things-to-do


Kenya a Gateway to Africa

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Kenya, the gateway to Africa for a fair chunk of Overlanders, the disembarkation point for others. Which ever camp you find yourself in, you’ll most likely have a few days either side of your Overlanding Africa trip to while away in Kenya. Here are some ideas on how to keep yourself from functioning as a bar prop.

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Photo By Sarit

Can You Say, ‘Safari’?

Wildebeest, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, elephants, the Big 5 – need we say more? Enjoy a Kenya Safari and discover the fabled Africa. Well known for its reputation as the ‘safari country of Africa’, Kenya is a burgeoning economy of safaris.

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Photo By Steve Safari

The Great Migration Unfurls

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Kenya, also referred to as ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. Taking place annually, the infamous Wildebeest Migration sees hundreds of thousands of ungulates trek to greener pastures. Read more on the migration misconception here (link to Migration misconception article).

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Photo By Eric Lafforgue

Tour a Traditional Tribal Village

Many Kenyan tribes have stayed true to their roots and maintain the lifestyle of their ancestors. The more famous of the tribes, the Masai, are actually taking their newly harnessed ‘fame’ and making it work for them. It's possible for tourists to enjoy a cultural visit with the Masai tribe; this entails meeting the elder men (who will eagerly explain their way of life), enjoying a cup of chai tea, watching the performance of traditional dances.

Saunter the Swahili Coast Region

Kenya’s coastal region is quite unique and stands apart from the rest of Kenya, fusing African, Arabic and Indian cultures to create the colourful Swahili culture. Swahili has become the hybrid language understood and used by many natives to East Africa. Intriguing places one should consider stopping by include the island city of Lamu and the harbour city of Mombasa. Bear in mind the Kenyan coastal regions comprise of over 500 kilometres of beautiful white sandy beaches.

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Photo By Andrew Wragg

Balloon Tripping in Kenya

Enjoy Kenya from an omnipotent view point. Kenyan hot-air balloon safaris open up kilometre upon kilometres of untouched and unscathed terrain gifting you a 360 degree view of the pristine bush.

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Photo By Steve Safari

Mount Kenya Trekking

Africa’s second highest peak is an excellent trekking opportunity and delivers big time on regal views, magnificent sunrises, biodiversity, scenery and a breathless sense of accomplishment. From here you can see Africa’s giant, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kenyan coast and Mount Elgon. You’ll want to be prepared and guided for this trek. Sail Away on a Dhow
The traditional Kenyan dhow vessels offer a great sailing experience along the coastal shores of Kenya. Dhows were historically used by Arabic traders who used to frequent East Africa from the 8th century, and are still fully operational today.

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Photo By B Smith

Diving the Kenyan Reefs

The diving and snorkelling possibilities offered by most of Kenya’s National Parks are supposedly at such high standards, most dive enthusiasts make a bee-line for them. Kenya’s coastal reef is in pristine condition, allowing many exotic fish to flourish.

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Photo By Focal Smoke

Nairobi - A Word of Caution

Nairobi, or 'Nairobbery', is considered the hub of East Africa. However the nick-name Nairobbery is not without reason. If you choose to go anywhere in Nairobi, use a reliable taxi (ask for these at your hostel) and try to leave the bling at home, like wise for anything electronic, or in fact valuable. When travelling, some of the smallest nuances are what leave the greatest impressions, unexpected encounters and meetings, local interaction, traditional mannerisms and customs. Of course Kenya’s magnificence is undeniable, her nature is grand her wildlife spectacular, but it’s her quirks that imbue a visitor with a sense of place and Kenya is peppered with these.

Get out there and feel Africa on a Kenya Safari. Browse our overland trips in Kenya here.

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