Highlights of Africa and The Indian Ocean
Africa is the world’s second-largest, and after Asia, the second most populated continent. That said to date I have only visited four countries on the continent but both Botswana and South Africa are very much on my radar. Not just for safari and the epic wildlife but also in 2021 the British Lions Rugby team will be touring. As you may know I do love to combine sport with a country tour as per my escapades in Japan in 2019.
Then there is the Indian Ocean with the three main destinations, Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives. In recent times the natural attractions of Reunion, Rodrigues and Madagascar have been increasingly popular and remain destinations I personally would love to visit.
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Flight accessibility to the main tourist hotspots in North Africa used to be considered pretty easy and frequent. However in recent times Egypt and Tunisia particularly have had flight services reduced or stopped due to terrorism incidents but thankfully both are starting to re emerge which is great news as both countries are so popular for UK tourism.
The Gambia and Senegal as well as the Cape Verde islands are now considered great value beach resorts and an up and coming island is Sao Tome which has been on the fringes of breaking through as a holiday destination for some years.
South Africa is long considered one of the UK’s favourite long haul destinations. No surprise really when you can mix a safari with beautiful Cape Town and the iconic garden route along South Africas coast.
The continent is perhaps best known in sporting circles for its athletes. In particular the long distance runners from Kenya and Ethiopia who for years have dominated world athletics.
The football World Cup took place in South Africa in 2010 and in 1995 the Rugby World Cup under the watch of Nelson Mandela was won on a night never to be forgotten by the Springboks.
Nature & Wildlife
Discover the magic of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the breathtaking views from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the vineyards and history of South Africa or the inspiring Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe.
Also becoming popular is Rwanda – home to the mountain gorilla who was made famous in the Life on Earth series in the seventies. The country of Eswatini formerly known as Swaziland have a range of national parks dedicated to animal conservation and are experiencing great success in the breeding of Rhino.
Then there is also the island of Madagascar – one of the worlds most unique and unusual destinations. Although not without its poverty and and its habitat destruction the island retains some incredibly unique and endemic animal species including the famous ring tailed lemurs who I always associate with the TV show Blue Peter in the 70’s.
Africa truly has it all for the wildlife enthusiast. Sadly however there are people who want to destroy it through poaching and the illegal trade in exotic wildlife.
Africa will certainly change your outlook on life as it is a continent like no other.