Africa Safaris and travel 2016 – Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia




African Safaris and travel 2016 – Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia – Africa trip 2016
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Africa has 54 sovereign countries—the most on any continent—and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Africa is a vast continent spanning over 8,000km (5,000 mi) north to south and 7,500km (4,800 mi) east to west (not including islands) and contains a wide array of peoples, skin colours, religions, and cultures. Africa contains the world’s longest river—the 6,650km long (4,100 mi) Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt—while the Congo River in the DRC is the second largest in terms of discharge as well as the deepest with a depth of over 230m (750 ft) in some spots. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5,890m (19,340 ft). Djibouti’s Lake Assal is the second lowest point on Earth, the saltiest lake outside Antarctica, and one of the hottest places on Earth.

While the first activity most people associate with Africa is safaris, there are endless possibilities for adventure. You can purchase crafts in markets, venture into the Sahara with a Tuareg caravan, visit pygmy villages, hike through jungle to watch gorillas, relax on tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, snack on exotic treats, travel down a river in a dugout “pirogue”, travel across savannah on a colonial-era railway, and much more.

Africa is a very diverse continent, with each country, or even each part of a country having its own unique culture. While it is common for people in the West to refer to Africa as if it was a single country, one should remember the sheer size of the continent, and that Africa is not one country but 54 different countries, meaning that it is impossible to make generalisations of Africa as a whole.

Tragically misunderstood by many people as a land of poverty, corruption, war and famine, and simply as a land of suffering—a misconception only bolstered by the media and the numerous NGOs on the continent—Africa today is a vast continent with many bustling metropolises, friendly people, and amazingly diverse and beautiful landscapes. While there are some places resembling the stereotypical Africa of war, famine, and poverty, most of the continent is peaceful, well-fed, and of working class .

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Flora & Fauna
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Many visitors are attracted by the African flora and fauna and several countries benefit from Safari tourism to African National Parks.
Natural Wonders

Africa is home to many famous natural wonders, from the Nile River, the world’s longest river, to Victoria Falls. The continent is home to two of the world’s four volcanoes with permanent lava lakes—the dramatic Mount Nyiragongo which rises hundreds of metres above Goma, DRC and Erta Ale in Ethiopia’s stark Danakil Depression (the others are Mt.Erebus in Antarctica & Kilauea in Hawaii). Both volcanoes can be climbed by the adventurous tourist to stand at the rim gazing in awe at the bubbling lava below, an especially incredible sight at night!

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Historical civilizations

While the continent’s diverse and unique wildlife is often all that is mentioned in regards to African travel, as home to the oldest civilizations on the planet, Africa has equally impressive cultures and history. The most famous civilization on the continent, and arguably in the world, is that of ancient Egypt. From the southern city of Abu Simbel to Luxor and all the way north to Alexandria and Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most iconic symbols of this ancient kingdom. Sites from the Nubian-Kushite Kingdom that broke away from Egypt can be found in Sudan, such as Gebel Barkal and many other pyramids in Meroe.

Ethiopia offers many ruins from the ancient Axumite Kingdom where the Queen of Sheba ruled. The obelisks and Dungur ruins in Axum were built prior to the kingdom’s conversion to Christianity, while many other great monuments, such as the Ezana Stone and the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, where the Arc of the Covenant is said to be stored, were built after the conversion as religious sites. Other famous Christian structures built later by the kingdom’s successor, the Abyssinian Empire, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries, can also be found in Lalibela.

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  1. you guys had such a wonderful time. I loved watching your smiles light up. I've been to africa it's truly the most beautiful place you can be..and yes everyone is so very warm and welcoming. you get sad when it's time to go.

  2. What a nice, kind and naive us citizens old age home, visiting . Don't feel sorry, for those locals to walk miles to get fresh water! Natives don't have WC, so they go to the near by bushes. If they have well close by, it will be polluted by bacteria the next rain season! And by my opinion, goats and cattle don't belonge to Africa, because they destroy pasture to the roots, thus creating desert! Local african game migrate, so the nature can recover! I lived in Africa for thirty years, mainly in Botswana and Rep. of South Africa. So believe me, I know what I am talking about. And giving handouts will not improve the live style of the poor.

  3. I AM IN LOVE WITH AFRICA TOO. My first trip there was in 2016. It has changed my life!!!!! I WILL BE TRAVELLING THERE YEARLY TILL I DIE!! Ultimately, I plan to live there one day in the not too distant future <3 #MADIBAlove Thank you for sharing the beauty of this continent that is second to none xox

  4. plz travellers those r not cultural BT women who HV no running water nd are surviving nd safaris told u its their culture to make money out f it ,make change nd do something to uplift their life be human BT not to adventure it only lk how u watch animals at parks

  5. i can not wait to come here- i been looking at tours on line- and this looks like so much fun- i am mixed- and id love to see where everything was birthed from- it looks sooo beautiful- and i have strong admiration for the mother land❤️❤️

  6. gostei ate que fim ´um safare que se ver pessoas crianças,cultura o dia a dia ,bem legal e nao so animais fazendo sua carnificina diariaclaro que sao incriveis ,a natureza mais bruta ,parabens

  7. Oh may Goodness, this people in the village have to put on an act for these white people . I'm sure that are paid for it but do the tours really think that this people think it's a treat to see them. It's degrading to the villagers to have to put on an act for them. But it is a job. Foolish tours trying to put buckets on their head, and pump water. Do the white think those women love to put buckets of water on there head and work all day just to eat. Some of the white comments seemed like they were at a zoo of people doing funny and strange things. Oh look, Oh look what those people have to do to get water. Why they seem so happy about it but I'm so happy it's not me. The whole think makes me sick. I feel ashamed for the white. I also feel shame for people that put on the tours. Do they put in their bursars that you can dance with little school children and they'll do the ABC for you.

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