With the world being a big place, and the the Rand being not such a big player as we speak, why not look a little closer to home when deciding on your next adventure? This is why we have chosen to focus on our own Africa, putting together the ultimate bang-for-your-buck Bucket List – listing items that may not necessarily break the bank (like a road trip through Scandinavia or North America would).
Of course, all of these adventures cost money, but if your Rand goes further and expensive visas are not an issue, why wouldn’t you start a little closer to home?
Here, in no particular order, are our top 9 African bucket-list-worthy experiences:
Brave the Otter Trail, in South Africa
In mid-2017 we were given the opportunity to test our endurance on this 5-day trek along the Garden Route, and it truly was breathtaking. Make sure to book way in advance as it is (of course) very popular.
SEE: Is the Otter Trail really worth the year-long waiting list?
Feel the power of the Kalandula Falls in Angola
As one of the largest waterfalls in Africa (by volume), you cannot help but be impressed by it. The falls are uniquely shaped and are surrounded by green rainforests, which make for an unbelievable view and experience for nature lovers.
Stroll through the oldest desert in the world, in Namibia
Just over the border, and a short flight from both Cape Town and Joburg, is a place that dates back a very long time…55 million years, as some sources say. The red sand dunes and clear blue skies above them make for a surreal place to explore.
SEE: Not Far From Home: Why Namibia Is Any Photographer’s Dream
Watch the fisherman return after a night out on Lake Malawi, in Malawi
Home to many hundreds of fish species, Lake Malawi is a great place to snorkel and swim. Known as one of the deepest lakes in the world, it is amazing how clear the waters are (even with its considerable size). Every morning local fisherman return after a nights fishing, offloading their catch, most commonly “Usipa” a sardine-sized fish – something definitely worth seeing.
Visit one of the Star Wars film locations, in Tunisia
Hidden in the depths of Tunisia’s southern desert, are magical structures that were built specifically for the first three Star Wars films. For many die hard fans, Luke Skywalker’s home still exists, but is now a hotel which you can stay at.
Gaze over the Ngorongoro Crater, in Tanzani
Formed by a volcano around 3 millions years ago, this enclosed crater is the “Garden of Eden” of Africa. The entire crater spans 260 square kilometres and is home to over 25,000 animals, many of whom never leave due to the natural enclosure of the crater walls. If you want to see many different types of animals in one day, then this is the place.
Count the spots on a Leopard 5 metres away, in Zambia
One of the best places in the world to spot a Leopard, is in the South Luangwa National park. We were fortunate enough to see more than one up close, so you can leave your big-zoom camera lens at home, and enjoy the views from a lot closer than most places.
Swim with green Sea Turtles in Zanzibar
If you wanted to explore a place that offered you white sand beaches, turquoise waters, exotic food, and a city full of history and culture, Zanzibar is for you. As we also found out, it is home to many green Sea Turtles, meaning you can swim with them and feed them in a natural aquarium – an experience we cannot help but recommend.
See the leather tanneries of Fez, in Morocco
The city of Fez hasn’t changed much over the years, and is still very well known for its leather products. Visiting a colourful tannery almost a thousand years old is an incredible experience. Picture hundreds of stone vessels all joined together like a honeycomb, but filled with a range of dyes. It’s definitely on our list and we cannot wait to see it in the flesh.
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