Africa offers many opportunities for those tourists who love wildlife and adventures. Beautiful, hot, and unforgettable, Africa can also be a great destination for your romantic trip. Most tourists visit Africa for a safari. A safari is indeed a great experience, especially because there are many educational safari options that have nothing to do with killing endangered species. There are also tourists who love Africa for mountain climbing. On the other hand, many people forget about such a simple idea as camping.
The idea of camping in Africa sounds exciting and promises unforgettable experiences. If you imagine such a kind of weekend and think that it will be one of the best things in your life, you’re, probably, right. However, hiking in Africa may seem risky and difficult; so many people don’t even try it as a complement to their camping experience. The truth is, camping and hiking in Africa are not so difficult, and people do it all the time. In this piece, I will show you 5 incredible camping and hiking sites in Africa, and give you 7 tips for camping and hiking. Enjoy it:
PT 1: Destinations in Africa for Incredible Camping and Hiking
It’s one of the most popular and iconic destinations. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and just an incredibly beautiful place. However, climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t the easiest sort of hiking so we suggest that you choose this destination only if you have enough experience. Because of the high altitude (19,341 feet above sea level), even the simplest trails become quite challenging, so you often have to move really slow.
Seven Colored Earths &Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius
Chamarel is known for so-called Seven Colored Earths, a geological phenomenon that attracts tourists from all over the world since the 1960s. Because of the unique mineral components, these dunes and sands may be yellow, blue, brown, purple, green, red, or violet. The Chamarel hike will take about six hours in total, and you may also want to visit the astonishing 2,624-feet high Chamarel Waterfall.
Simien National Park, Ethiopia
This is one of the most beautiful hiking destinations. Rocky peaks, waterfalls, valleys, and animals like Gelada monkeys and mountain goats make this place very popular and truly unforgettable. This hike will be a nice choice even for inexperienced hikers, however, the altitudes may reach 9,800 feet so make sure to find a scout who will suggest the perfect route.
Otter Trail, South Africa
The Otter Trail is often called one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. Here you can find everything: forests, cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, sea… If you’re lucky, you may even spot whales and dolphins. If you want to see the whole trail, it will be a five-day hike that you will never forget.
Masaai Mara National Park
Camping in the Maasai Mara National Park is a cheaper alternative (to staying in pricy lodges) way to soak up the beauty of this renowned national park’s sights and sounds at night. Stay in a tent on this beautiful, rolling grass of amazing East African Savannah and stand a chance to spot some of Africa’s “Big Five” wildlife. Visit the Mara river bank to spot the hippos and villages to experience the people’s unchanged culture. I bet you’ll return with interesting stories and desire to go again.
These are just five of hundreds of destinations, each of which offers a unique experience. However, the first thing you need to do is determine what the style of your journey is. For example, many people prefer wild camping, which is a cheap and adventurous option. In this case, all you need is a tent, a sleeping bag, and an open fire. Just make sure you don’t camp in privately owned areas. However, wild camping may also be quite challenging.
You may also choose from among hundreds of designated campsites such as private game reserves and national parks. In this case, you may even find places with electricity and bathrooms. If you want to minimize hassle, you can book overland tours that include transportation, food, and accommodation in designated campsites.
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