Home to hundreds of ethnic identities, Africa’s cultural heritage is as impressive as its natural one. Great empires have left behind mysterious towers and silent ruins; traders and colonisers from the four corners of the world influenced language and architecture. But for most travellers, Africa’s wildlife takes centre stage. The continent's fascinating human heritage is all too often overlooked or crammed into a contrived hotel show.
Remember that you'll need to add a night on either end of the hike, making climbing Kili an eight or nine-day commitment. Since you are at the heart of East Africa, what better way to reward your mountaineering efforts than by adding on a safari or beach holiday? Make it easy by using the services of an African Safari Expert who has the been-there knowledge to ensure A connects with B and C.
The first time I visited Victoria Falls I was eight years old. We put on raincoats in the bright Zimbabwean sunshine then wandered into an Enchanted Forest filled with a low rumble and fine drizzle. I’d been excited about seeing this big waterfall but had never imagined something so powerful it could surround me with sound and soak me with its rainbow-lit spray – it was magical!
On a recent trip to Kenya, I was privileged to spend a morning exploring the lush forests of Mount Kenya. It was a guided walk in the care of an armed ranger – there is plenty of game in the forest, including buffalo - and a superb guide from my hosts at Serena Mountain Lodge.
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and the continent’s main gateway to Europe and Asia. As East Africa’s primary hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport sees around six million passengers flow through its doors each year. Connecting flights ferry passengers to all the major attractions: from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Masai Mara and Lamu Island. In peak periods this busy airport greets around 16 000 travellers each day.
Guides say that if you see 1% of what sees you in the African wilderness, you are very, very observant. This is mostly because every living creature makes use of camouflage, whether to hide from predators or sneak up on prey. It is also because guides know that our over-stimulated and under-utilized city senses are pretty much good for nothing in the jungle.
As people whose careers and day dreams are rooted in a passion for travelling in Africa, we asked ourselves: what is it that inspires us about this continent in particular?
The biggest challenge photography enthusiasts face going on a photographic safari is what to pack in their equipment bag. We'd all like to take as much gear as possible, but the strict weight restrictions on light aircraft dictate a more circumspect approach to packing gear. I once met a safari photographer who had brought only one change of clothes in order to maximise his luggage allowance with camera gear! This is not completely necessary, especially if you make use of these packing tips learned on countless safaris.