TOP AFRICAN HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS

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WEEKLY REFLECTIONS

BY KANYANTA E. KAUMA

When it comes to global tourism Africa has a plethora of majestic wonders and destinations waiting to be seen.Weather you’re a seasoned explorer with an unlimited budget  or a frugal traveler looking to find an indegenous retreat at a steal ,below are some of a few tourist destinations within the continent that boast of countless natural wonders. The list has been compiled with the help of various online sources.

Uganda

This is one of only three countries in the world where you can trek to see mountain gorillas in the wild (there are only 900 mountain gorillas left in the world), the experience in Uganda is truly amazing. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda is home to the Nyakagezi gorilla family with its five silverbacks (adult males). It holds a certain allure, since it boasts one of the highest concentrations of silverbacks within a family. Tours are small, no more than eight people, and once the gorillas are spotted, you have 60 minutes with them and it goes really fast.

Malawi

This local neighbor and landlocked country in southern Africa is often forgotten about by us travellers in light of its more popular sisters, Kenya and Tanzania.Boasting a geographically diverse landscape, from the impressive peaks of Mount Mulanje to the sprawling grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, and not forgetting Lake Malawi, it really is a special place to explore. Whether you come here for the hiking and kayaking or to enjoy some of its rich cultures, Malawi is a country of amazing beauty.

Mount Kilimanjaro

The Mount Kilimanjaro has placed Tanzania for the second time, among countries with exceptional travel attractions in Africa. It is the largest mountain in Africa and one of the best tourist attractions for adventure travel. It offers a dream mountain hiking and its dormant volcanic cones are probably nothing to be so worried about. If you would love to ascend to the highest point in Africa, get ready for mount Kilimanjaro which stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and will take you 6 days to climb.

Ethiopia

This a country of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back over 3 million years, including the 12th-century churches in Lalibela and the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum. It’s the place to visit if you’re into history. They have a vast array of historical and archaeological sites that are just too good to miss, especially Gondar Castle.If you’re more into natural landscapes, make sure to visit Simien Mountains National Park and Nechisar National Park.

Mali

Djenne town is one of the oldest cities in Mali and quite an interesting place full of mud-brick homes decorated with paint. Established at around 800BC, Djenne was a major market hub but it does not just end there. If you want to experience creativity with mud, you should travel to Djenne. It is the location of the largest mud house in the world: The Grande Mosque. Made from mud with wood sticking out of the walls, it is a magnificent sight. The Grand Marche is a Monday market and is one of West Africa’s most colorful markets with thousands coming from all over the region to sell their goods..

The Victoria falls, Zambia.

Located locally in the tourist capital Livingstone, is one of the natural wonders of Africa and one of the 7 wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls is practically the largest waterfall in the world. This recognition comes from combining the height and width to create the largest single sheet of flowing water. The Falls is best viewed from the Zambian side. During the height of the rainy season, it is nearly impossible to see the base of the Falls due to the sheer power and force of the water running through the falls.Some of the activities you can engage in while at the Victoria Falls include hiking or walking the trails along the top of the Falls and across the gorge. These trails give you a face to face view of the falls and follow the falls all along the opposite side of the gorge.

Lesotho

The country boasts an array of majestic mountains adorned with the best that nature has to offer. Lesotho’s main attractions are its beautiful parks and reserves,these  include  the Sehlabathebe National Park, Ts’enhlanyane National Park and Bokong  Reserve. Sehlabathebe National Park boasts with rolling grassland, wildflowers and prolific bird life (including the bearded vulture) and the odd rhebok. At the national park, you’ll be able to visit the Sani Pass, which is world heritage site that sits high on the Drakensberg escarpment on the border between South Africa and Lesotho, is 2874 metres above sea level. It provides the perfect location for  hiking and relaxation.

The Author is a Journalist, Writer and Student pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations. For comments, suggestions and contributions email Davidmwengwe@yahoo.com

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