Africa Introduction by Breakaway
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African Voices - Africa's history and peoples have profoundly influenced global culture and thought - and continue to do so today.
Every visitor to Africa's vast wilderness experiences a profound stirring of the soul. Many believe it is our primal memory. When you hear the trumpet of an elephant in the wild while sitting around a roaring campfire under the sparkling stars, you have had one of many unforgettable moments. Sitting in the golden grass of the undulating savannah watching lion cubs play, you feel at one with nature. Here are breath-taking landscapes of seemingly unending proportions.
What to See (Natural Sights)
Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, Namibia - Beautiful haunting desert scenery. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 meters.
Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe - The thunderous roar can be heard for miles. The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - the smoke that thunders.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Spy a rear black rhino or black manned lion. This is the largest unbroken caldera in the world - and it's full of big wild animals.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - Witness the great wildebeest migration at the end of May. "The high noble arc of the cloudless African sky", Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to many of us. The Massai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia had always thought so. To them it was Siringitu - "the place where the land moves on forever."
Kruger National Park, South Africa - Lions, giraffes, eland, zebra and rhino the continents top safari experience. Whether you stay in a luxury safari lodge or a self-catering rest camp in Kruger Park, the highlight of your holiday will be seeing the amazing wildlife of Kruger.
What to See (Cultural Sights)
Cape Town, South Africa - A vibrant concoction of Dutch, British and Cape Malay influences.
What to Do (Activities)
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - Climb Africa's tallest mountain at 5,895m (19,340ft) overlooking the savannah plains.
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania - Discover the story of our earliest human ancestors from the fossilized remains found in this valley.
From coral reefs, fishes and colorful varieties of sea creatures, you can truly enjoy the experience of a diving adventure.
The world is worth seeing
Travel books are good for the initial "big picture" trip planning, but not for the details. Through our pages we try to bring you a taste of the Exotic.
For all those little tip that help make any holiday enjoyable
AFRICA MAP - 360° IMAGES PANORAMAS & LOCAL INFORMATION
Locations around Africa
Travel Africa - Wildlife & Landscape
In countries where drinking water isn't properly regulated, stick to bottled or boiled water and avoid tap water, water fountains and ice cubes. Ask your travel consultant about the safety of drinking water in the areas you'll be visiting. Use common sense when it comes to food and beverages. If you're unsure of their origin, don't touch them.
All reserves have a set of rules that you need to follow to ensure your safety. Many of the animals you'll come across, particularly lion, hippo, elephant and buffalo, are dangerous. Stay in your car and keep a reasonable distance - especially with elephant - in case you need to beat a hasty retreat!
Africa has its fair share of poisonous snakes - though they are rarely encountered. When they are, they usually try to get away as quickly as possible. But if you're planning on doing any walking, wear boots, socks and long trousers as a precautionary measure - and always watch where you're about to tread.
Ticks are another unwelcome aspect of going walking in the bush. Boots, socks and long trousers will help keep them off you.
Botswana strictly enforces its laws controlling the trade in animal products. Poaching is a major crime and some poachers are killed in the pursuit of their profession. Botswana's Wildlife Conservation and National Parks Act makes it illegal to possess or remove from Botswana without a government permit any living or dead animal or animal trophy. A trophy is any horn, ivory, tooth, tusk, bone, claw, hoof, hide, skin, hair, feather, egg, or other durable portion of an animal, whether the item has been processed or not.
Most touts will corner you the minute you jump out of your bus or safari vehicle. Remember, you are going to stand out in African marketplaces, so you will be spotted and followed with offers, deals and a large display of products. Most touts will yell Mzungu (white traveller) at you until you respond. A good way to lessen the constant nagging, is to learn Swahili. Always remember - "Hapana Asante" (No Thankyou) - this should keep most touts at a distance.
Be cautious when traveling in bush taxis (taxi-brousse) as there have been an increased number of robberies of passengers. If driving in a rented vehicle, keep in mind that the incidence of carjacking has also increased. Most of these crimes occur at night, so try to limit travel during evening hours.
Police checkpoints are common throughout Mozambique, and everyone should obey the signals from officers. To avoid trouble, always carry your driving license, vehicle registration, temporary import papers and two emergency triangles. And wear your seatbelt. If taking the road to South Africa, be extra cautious. Robberies, assault, and car theft have been reported. If heading north of Maputo, know that you will have to take a ferry across the Zembezi River at the city of Caia.
Dagga (marijuana) smugglers and cattle rustlers operate in the Drakensberg Mountains so if you're camping in remote areas, don't assume everyone you see is friendly. In order to stop drug trade across their border the South African army (SADF) has been known to venture into Lesotho's side of the mountains to catch or pursue smugglers. The drug gangs don't like the SADF and the farmers don't like the rustlers so you don't want to be mistaken for either.
Links around Africa
Luxury Safaris & Gorilla Safari Holidays - Volcanoes Safaris. Volcanoes Safaris is the worlds leading Gorilla Safari operator. Our unique great ape ecotourism business specialises in safaris to Uganda and Rwanda.
Leopard Tours was established in 1985, as a family business, and like most small businesses had a fine reputation for personalised service. Today, about two decades later, Leopard Tours is rated as one of the leading tour operators in Tanzania, receiving thousands of visitors a year but our motivation is exactly the same to treat all visitors as our personal guests
We offer Tanzania safari, serengeti safaris, ngorongoro safaris, kilimanjaro climbing, campinga safari, lodge safaris, kenya safaris, zanzibar holidays
Simply the best Kilimanjaro climbs and charity treks. The leading specialist in high quality Mount Kilimanjaro climbs and charity treks. We also offer fantastic safaris and beach holidays in Tanzania
Specialist horse-riding safaris based out of Macatoo Camp on the western side of the Delta. The main attraction of a African Horseback safaris is the joy of riding good horses over superb country, with just about every landscape dotted with game. The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, sometimes cantering through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe.
Founded in 1961 when the Wildlife Societies of Tanzania and Kenya - both founded in 1956 - together with Ugandan wildlife enthusiasts joined hands. In the half century of its existence, the Society has become a household name and the leading voice of conservation in the region
Travel Items, Goods & Gift Ideas
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African Holiday & Accommodation
Adventure, Fun & African Culture in a wonderful unspoilt environment. Enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in Africa with Gambia Eco Holidays
La Gemma dell' Est - Zanzibar luxurious beach hotel. Full info on La Gemma, photos & deals!
Mozambique Accommodation: We offer luxurious Mozambique holiday accommodation in the newly developed Reef Estate in Xai Xai with picturesque views of the ocean.
Special Custom Travel
It can be scary to venture into the world, but when planning a trip, make sure you are prepared for any spontaneous inspirations while exploring the planet. Explore new places, meet new people, try new foods and learn things about the world and yourself - that you never imagined were possible.
"Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter."