Thursday, April 22, 2010

24 Hours in Africa

Imagine if you could only spend twenty four hours in Africa - any country you like, but only twenty four hours. Apart from being extremely unlikely and hugely frustrating, where would you go and what would you choose to see? Well, here are a few ideas for you just in case.

In alphabetical order, here's my choice for a few of Africa's 47 countries.

Botswana - The Okavango Delta. A vast inland river delta draining into the Kalahari Desert. Teeming with wildlife.

Chad - Errrmm. I'm sure the people are very nice.

Egypt - The pyramids at Giza obviously.

Ethiopia - The Simien Mountains. Stunning scenery and home to gelada baboons and the very rare Ethiopian wolf.

Kenya - Gosh, hard to choose, but let's say the Maasai Mara, especially during the wildebeest migration.

Mali - Djenne. An ancient mud city on the Niger River.

Mauritania - Great sand.

Morocco - Marrakech. A fascinating red city at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.

Mozambique - The Barra Peninsula. Beautiful clear water with great scuba diving.

Namibia - Etosha National Park. A unique wildlife habitat.

South Africa - Cape Town. Wow! What scenery! Great food, wine and enthralling history.

Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater. a vast extinct volcano packed with incredible wildlife.

Uganda - Bwindi National Park. Visit the highly endangered mountain gorillas.

Zambia - South Luangwa National Park. Brilliant walking safaris for an up close and personal wildlife experience.

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls. Simply breathtaking.

All these countries have many other attractions (except maybe Chad and Mauritania), but remember you've only got twenty four hours. At least you won't need much luggage.

From $2920 for 14 days.

Highlights include: Sunset cruise in Chobe Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi pans, Bush walk, Game Drive in the Moremi National Park, Maun, Khwai River Game Drive and Night Drive, 2-Day Okavango Delta experience including Mokoro excursion, Mahangu National Park, Popa Falls, Western Caprivi, Eastern Caprivi, River cruise on the Kwando River, Game Drive in Mudumu National Park, Victoria Falls.

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