Africa Recommendations and Raves
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The Selous Game Reserve -- the animals I've seen in other game parks seem tame compared to the animals in Selous.
Hell's Gate National Park -- nothing quite like walking or riding a mountain bike through a game park.
Flamingo Camp -- a great place to stay on Lake Elementeita, near lake Nakuru. Probably the most helpful staff and some of the best food I've had in Africa. A little pricey, but worth it. (And the lake is beautiful too.)
- The Dogon Country, in Mali. It's a 30-mile-long cliff with villages up the sides of it, and you can do a five-day walking tour. They're still using a five-day week there. There are other tourists out on the route for sure, but it's still a pretty amazing thing.
- Victoria Falls. It's sort of a no brainer. It really doesn't matter how touristy the place is, though thanks to Mugabe's insane policies, the tourism's taken a huge nose dive on the Zim side. This place is just so effin spectacular. And if you can afford it, do the 15-minute helicopter ride over the falls. You won't regret it.
- The Eastern Highlands, in Zimbabwe. Pushed up against the border with Mozambique, this place is just surreal. People in the area are probably REALLY poor, now, so check with folks to make sure it's safe to be out there now, but it's really a fabulous place. [Lots of broken links there. Sorry.]
Zim is still fantastic even though they have a dodgy president - it doesn't make the country any less beautiful or the people any less human and at Vic Falls it's a short walk to the border post over to Zambia.
Egypt - just for the history and heritage.
Malawi - the friendly country. There may be no sea and no safaris but the beaches along Lake Malawi are amazing. This is one of the most relaxed and relaxing spots in Africa. And when you're there be sure to pick up a boa game ( and get someone to teach you - it helps pass the many relaxing hours doing otherwise nothing)
Madagascar - lemurs and taboos. If you have the chance and speak a little French it's an incerdincredible adventure.
Morocco- watching the moon reflect off the building and fountains in Marrakech.
Cape Verde- dancing passada all night in make shift night clubs in Santo AntoÃ£ or drinking ponche de coco listening to mournas in Mindelo.
Uganda low down (quick summary, including advice regarding gorilla trekking, etc.)
Other Uganda entries
Tanzania low down (quick summary, including safari advice, park descriptions, etc.)
Other Tanzania entries
Cape Town entries
And if you're interested, here's a link to our main galleries page, from which you can go to pix of all of the above: galleries
Hope this helps and feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Clifton Fadiman (1904 - )
South Africa is an amazing country with many beautiful people and places.
Loved it and I can't wait to return this coming March.
If you're one of those folks who likes their travels a little 'umtamed', try Mozambique. I haven't been there since the fall of 2002, but the group I went with had a great time, and you don't see as many tourists as you do in other sub-Saharan Africa. Try to make it to the Bazaruto Archipelago, the largest island is named Bazaruto. I don't know if it's still there, but there was a lovely little place called Gabriel's that had basic accomodations, better food, and was a 30 second stroll to the beach.
Lastly, try the Garden Route in South Africa. A string of towns along the eastern cape of the country, it's a great road trip while in the country. Knysna, in particular, was my favorite town, especially the old movie house.
For the true African experience, visit the small towns and get to know the people. If they insist on you staying for dinner, which will no doubt be nsima, don't worry about eating food from people with already so little. Before you come, buy some tomatoes and eggs cookies and share these for the dinner. They'll be a rare treat for most families and it will be a dinner you both can enjoy!
Visit Nkhata bay! It may be one of the most touristy spots in Malawi, but that's still not bad. Stay at KUPENJA LODGE. It's in a great location and the it's a non-profit lodge. The owner, Chris, takes the money the lodge makes and helps mountain villages start nurseries and gardens so they can better sustain themselves. If you have a few days, go to some of the villages with him and help out. I promise you'll remember it forever.
For a relaxing break, take the Illala ship to Usisya and stay the night at Usisya Lodge. For 500 Kwacha per person (About $4.50) you get a thatched roof cottage stowed privately between some rocks on the waters edge. The Lodge itself has books and music and hammocks and anything else you could want.
GO TO VWAZA MARSH GAME RESERVE. The more north you go, the more expensive it gets, but you won't regret this place. You sleep in the reserve with the elephants and monkeys (no fences between you) and the people are incredibly friendly (as all Malawians are). If you don't have camping gear (camping is super cheap), there are self-catering chalets for something like $60 a night, and the luxery chalets are a little on the expensive side at $80 a night, but being able to watch elephants walk by two feet from you bedroom window and eating delicious breakfasts on the terrace as monkeys run by and hippos snort makes it more than worth it.
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