Where To Go in 2018
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It’s now peak travel planning season, and designing customized safaris for our guests gives the Africa Adventure Consultants team a lot to daydream about.
Where do we want to go in 2018? Read on to find out, and then let us know how we can help with your travel plans for next year. Hopefully you’ve been ‘nice’ so we can make all your travel wishes come true!
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Anisha – Ethiopia and Seychelles
In 2018, I’d love to visit Ethiopia and Seychelles. It’s the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and then pristine beach beauty! Ethiopia’s historic north offers both natural wonders and amazing, living history – people still use centuries old hand-hewn rock churches. There is also really unique wildlife that’s found nowhere else – gelada baboons, Ethiopian wolves, the Walia ibex…it’s pretty incredible. And with Ethiopian Airlines’ direct flights to Seychelles, I could be on the beach in no time to relax for a few days at the end of my trip!
Sara – Tanzania
I studied a bit of primatology in college, so I’m ready to visit some of the best primate-viewing destinations in Africa! Mahale Mountains National Park is a stone’s throw from where Jane Goodall did her chimpanzee research and is amazing for chimp trekking. There’s a camp there – Greystoke Mahale – that is right on the beach on Lake Tanganyika, and it’s like something from a dream! Palm-thatched bandas look like they’re straight out of Robinson Crusoe! I’d still need a bit of safari, so I would go to Katavi National Park – it’s a totally undiscovered gem in Western Tanzania. They have huge herds of buffalo, it’s teeming with hippos and crocs, there’s lions – they have it all. And they get the same number of visitors in a year that the Ngorongoro Crater gets in a day!
Susan – Rwanda and Kenya
I’ve got the primate bug, too, and top on my wish list is to see gorillas! Anisha just returned from trekking in Rwanda and a stay at the new Bisate Lodge , and after her rave reviews, I’d love to have Bisate as the home base for my trekking! Kenya is an easy hop away, so I would add a traditional East African safari to my adventure. But first, I would stop at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi to visit some of the beautiful elephant orphans we have fostered for our Tanzanite Circle members!
Diana – South Africa
South Africa’s exchange rate has been incredibly favorable for US travelers, and I’m excited to explore the country now, when doing something a bit extravagant is more affordable. Between the amazing wildlife, diversity of ecosystems and the draw of Cape Town and the Winelands, I think it will take more than one visit to satisfy my curiosity! Next year, the country is celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, and in addition to diving into South Africa’s history and culture, which I would love to do, there will be dozens of events and exhibitions honoring Mandela’s legacy. I would love to experience some of the celebration!
Caren – Victoria Falls
The top of my list is a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls! There are fantastic properties and an endless list of things to do – from microlighting to bungee jumping, hanging off the edge of the Falls in the Devil’s Pool (which is seasonal – call us to find out the best time to visit) to whitewater rafting – it’s the adrenaline capital of Southern Africa! It’s also a great place to kick off a Southern Africa safari; it’s easy to get to other destinations in Zimbabwe and Zambia, as well as Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Beth – Namibia
I’ve seen so many photos of Namibia and its people – visiting is on the top of my list! I’m particularly interested in our ‘Namibia Secrets Revealed‘ safari. The trip would let me meet some of the world’s most ancient people and learn about their culture, as well as see incredible rock art. I would also get the chance to track desert-adapted rhino on foot (tracking rhino on foot was a highlight of my recent Uganda safari), and track desert-adapted elephants. I’m fascinated by species’ ability to not only exist but thrive in such a challenging environment!
Kent – Madagascar and Galapagos
I will never tire of Africa, and for my next adventure, I would like to take my family to Madagascar. While its infrastructure is not as well developed compared with some of our other destinations, its lemurs, beaches and unique landscapes are a huge draw. And, because my passion for wildlife extends beyond Africa’s borders, I also have the Galapagos Islands on my list. Penguins, rays, seals, blue and red-footed boobies, sharks and more are nearly daily features on a Galapagos vacation. I’m excited to follow in explorer’s footsteps and to make my own discoveries. Both cruises and land-based travel are viable options in the Galapagos, and I’ll do a bit of both on my visit in 2018, scoping out the best spots to visit (and how to visit them)!
Seychelles header photo courtesy AAC client Michelle Coleman, Madagascar lemur photo courtesy AAC clients Andy and Diane Kane