When you visit Africa, you feel as though a part of you stays behind when you leave, or a part of Africa leaves with you, depending on how you look at it. Africa gets into your soul like no other place quite does. It is almost as if you are waking up from the most wonderful dream, only to realize that it wasn’t a dream and that you were actually there in the flesh. Then it all seems even more magical. You may look back at your pictures in disbelief, because it is hard to imagine what it was like to see a herd of elephants travelling past, or a lion feasting on a fresh catch, but yet it was real and you were there to bear witness.
Africa is known for the wildlife; the favorable conditions of this continent and the vast forested areas have given wildlife large areas to hide from man and survive for many centuries. Amongst the animals you may see are cheetahs, gorillas, hippos, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and so much more. The thrill of spotting a unique animal you have never seen before will leave a memory and excitement matched by very few other experiences. Besides, where else might you watch a family of ostrich sipping at a water hole while you are having breakfast, or a giraffe crossing the road while you are headed into town?
The wildlife in Africa is astounding, and something that you may see over and over and never get tired of. But it does not end there. The people of Africa have some of the brightest smiles you will ever see, and these smiles are contagious beyond anything. Africa has an incredible diversity of cultures and exciting traditions. And if you visit a school, chances are you’ll find yourself surrounded by excited children who will want to know everything about you. On any trip to Africa you will have the opportunity to interact with these cultures, learn about their customs, visit their communities, try their food, and experience their hospitality.
That takes me to the African sunsets, which are matched by few in their intensity and beauty. Chances you will find yourself standing somewhere out in middle bush, sipping on a gin and tonic, while you admire how the sun brightens up the African sky with hues of deep orange and red. What a remarkable way to end a day of game drives.
There are many other reasons to visit Africa such as the rich history, the archeology, the diversity of land and landscapes, the art and crafts, and more. Africa is the second largest continent, and has more countries than any other. As you can imagine, the opportunities for a traveller here are endless. From the souks of Marrakesh, to the impressive churches of Ethiopia, to great migration in Tanzania, to the san dunes of Namibia, there is something for everyone, and I am certain Africa’s spell will enchant you where ever you are.