There are over 50 countries in Africa– Which one is the best for you?
Choosing the country for your African Holiday Safaris
For many Kenya comes to mind – a most beautiful country – filled with many parks to visit – an abundance of wildlife, snow-capped Mountains, sandy white beaches on the Indian Ocean – simply a great in country to visit.
South Africa is a top travel destination for Wildlife - stunning landscapes and a developed infrastructure such as comfortable roads, great hotels and lodge, fantastic game parks and the familiar site of Fast Food Restaurants many Westerners know. Hosting the World Cup of Football introduced even more people to the country.
Tanzania – including the fabulous island of Zanzibar – a great country for Wildlife, climbing Kilimanjaro and of course the exotic island of Zanzibar. Tanzania is certainly a great choice for many – especially because of Mount Kilimanjaro and the unforgettable Serengeti.
Botswana – peaceful, pristine, the Kalahari desert, fantastic wildlife - has become a major Africa tour destination and noted for its good infrastructure and developed tourist facilities that welcome visitors from around the world.
Namibia – there is the colonial touch going back to the times the Germans ran the country to the raw wilderness of Africa-good infrastructure, many places for wildlife safaris. You also have the desert and the beautiful skeleton coast.
Zambia and Zimbabwe with its stunning Victoria Falls, bungee jumping, white water rafting, wildlife, scenery, historic places and much more. Another must for many travelers to Africa.
Most suggested places for a Sub-Sahara Africa visit do not include the raw, the real Africa – the Pearl of Africa -Uganda.
It has most of the wildlife of the other countries above – but it has the added plus of over half of the Mountain Gorillas in the world, over 5000 chimpanzees, real jungle, rainforests, 26 percent of Uganda is covered by lakes and rivers, the source of the Nile the longest river in Africa flowing south to north, the snow-capped Mountains of the Moon-The Rwenzoris – the tallest mountain range in Africa – the largest lake in Africa – Lake Victoria, the most powerful waterfall in the world – Murchison Falls – the Albertine Western Rift Valley, ancient forests like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcano Climbing in the Virunga Chain where you can step into three countries as you stand on top of Mount Sabinyo.
Birds-Uganda has over 1040 species of Birds-a country the size of the Oregon. Swim in one of the deepest lakes in Africa, ringed by terraced farms called Lake Bunyonyi, sun on a sandy beach on Lake Victoria – enjoy Kampala - the city that never sleeps with the most vibrant nightlife in Africa. Uganda has a very temperate climate – year around holiday weather. Yes, the roads are a bit bumpy, there is dust, but all that diminishes as you see the scenery, the color of green everywhere, the welcoming people, the children – Uganda is the youngest country in the world. No familiar fast food places here (Kentucky Fried Chicken may be coming in 2012)- except road sides vendors selling beef, chicken or roasted pork on a stick, cobs of maize, cassava, etc.
This is the Africa that Winston Churchill fell in love with as he traversed East Africa – it is who said “concentrate on Uganda.” It is he who christened Uganda as the “pearl of Africa”. Uganda, best known for Idi Amin or Joseph Kony and in spite what Westerners may think, Uganda is a peaceful country, off the beaten tourist path, a place that will show the real Africa-even Lonely Planet thinks so by naming Uganda the best country to visit in 2012 and National Geographic named as one of the best travel destinations for 2013.
“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – ‘The Pearl of Africa’.” Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)