2012 has been a fabulous year of travel, and I count myself truly lucky. But across the six African countries we visited, some experiences stood out as highlights. Here are seven of them; follow the links to find out why they were so special.
In my last post, I mentioned how much we enjoyed the South Luangwa, Zambia’s flagship National Park. It may be a long way to travel from Cape Town or Johannesburg, but it was well worth it. We saw some species we’d never seen before and we fell in love with the country and its people, the true African-ness of Zambia. Here are some practical hints to help you plan your trip.
Imagine having Kruger National Park or the Serengeti almost to yourself and you’ll get an idea of why a visit to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is so extraordinary.
Crack! An elephant was breaking trees about 20 metres away from our campsite. The next night it was hippos crunching grass even closer by while hyenas whooped in the distance. That’s how it went at Croc Valley campsite at Mfuwe, just outside Zambia’s premier South Luangwa National Park.
Ever been camping in the boondocks miles from home and had a craving for fresh veggies, fruit or salad that you can’t find for love nor money? Visit Zambia and you’ll be surprised at the profusion of fresh produce you can buy in the remotest of places.
Life just couldn’t have been better. The heat had begun to seep from the day and we were sitting on our cottage stoep watching the Roggeveld mountains turn pink as the sun set behind us in the Tankwa Karoo. There wasn’t another soul in sight, the air was pure and the wine cold. Soon we would light our paraffin lamps and surrender to the romance of a time gone by.
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