Zambia shares its wonder Victoria Falls with its neighbor Zimbabwe. But Zambia is also a beautiful safari land. The country has 14 large animal parks and safaris are combined according to the mode of transportation chosen – SUV or mini-van, horseback or even canoe or elephant. The opportunities for walking safaris are particularly remarkable. The national parks of Kafue, Lochinvar, Sioma Ngwezi, South Luangwa, North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, and Kazanka are the most famous parks to visit during a trip to Zambia.
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park located in western Zambia is the largest and oldest national park in Zambia. It covers 22,400 sq km. Kafue is one of the largest national parks in Africa. Despite its size and prime location, only a couple of hours drive from Livingstone, it remains quite unknown and largely unexplored, with extensive virgin forest and shrubland.
Due to the size and diversity of habitat types, Kafue has a wonderful variety of wildlife. In recent years, the park has experienced an increase in a number of camps and safari lodges in and around the park. This new interest has led to an increase in the number of visitors and investments in the region, especially in infrastructure with several sustainable roads and tracks.
Any trip to Zambia is incomplete without seeing the Victoria Waterfalls offering a spectacular view of the stunning beauty of the Zambezi River, which is part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo Tribe, who live in the area, described it as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “Smoke that roars”. Victoria Falls are known as the largest water curtain in the world. The spray columns can be seen from a distance of many kilometers. At the time of greatest rainfall, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute pour down the waterfall. The wide cliff of basalt over which the falls fall turns the Zambezi from a gentle river into a fast-moving torrent that crosses a series of spectacular gorges.
This vast inland sea which you can visit during your trip to Zambia was made known in the European world in the mid-nineteenth century by English explorers Richard Burton and John Speke. They thought it to be the source of the Nile, reaching its shores in 1858. The coast of Tanganyika includes Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, and Zambia. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in Russia.
The great depth is due to the fact that it is located in the Great Mountain Range of the Valley, which also created a steep coast. It reaches a depth of 1,433 meters (4,700 feet), at an average depth of 642 meters.
The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa. For about 500 kilometers, it borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, passing through Victoria Falls and the narrow Batok Ravine, providing a fantastic playground for rafting, canoeing, river cruises, and seaplanes. Its unique value is that it is less developed than other rivers with respect to settlements and that many areas along its banks have even been protected. The Lower Zambezi National Park borders the river on the Zambian side and the Mana Pools National Park from the Zimbabwe side. The entire Zambezi area is home to one of the most important areas of African wildlife, as it feeds several species of game, bird, and fish.
On the shores of the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is one of the jewels of East Africa. Located in In the southern hemisphere, Tanzania is proud of its natural borders including Lake Victoria and Kilimanjaro. To give you a taste of what Tanzania has to offer as a surprise, here is a selection of things to do in Tanzania.
Visit them and enjoy the raw and spectacular beauty of Tanzania.
1. Serengeti National Park
The park is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The name Serengeti evokes the images of one of the last wild paradises on earth. All those who had the chance to visit these wild spaces left with the memory of these immense plains traversed by hordes of antelopes, columns of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, millions of herbivores who continually migrate in search of grasslands. A tourist is sure to see most of Africa’s animals here – gazelles, antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, and leopards.
2. Kilimanjaro National Park
It owes its name to the Kilimanjaro Peak. “Kilimanjaro” means “Mountain of Light”. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the most exciting things to do in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s easiest peaks to reach, and draws visitors from around the world. Most hikers reach the edge of the crater using determination and a sturdy stick. And those who reach the Uhuru Peak – the real peak – or the Gilman or Stella Peak, on the lip of the crater, will have earned their certificate of ascent.
3. The Ngorongoro Crater
The crater of Ngorongoro is often called “Eden of Africa”. Inside it, you will find large herds of zebra and wildebeest grazing peacefully while the lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to cover in the thick forest on the edge of the crater after spending much of the night eating dew-covered grass. Just outside the ridge of the crater, the Masaai graze their cattle on the green pastures of the volcanoes. They have lived side by side with wild animals for centuries. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the famous crater of the same name as well as Olduvai Gorge
The paradise archipelago of Zanzibar hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year looking for a complete change of scenery, but also an idyllic setting to enjoy a relaxing and exceptional stay. One of the must-see places on the island is the Chumbe Marine Sanctuary, a natural reserve designed to preserve and protect the atypical flora and fauna of the archipelago. On the nature side, a detour to the Jozani National Park will make you discover a wild nature of the most splendid and unpublished. In addition, do not forget to go through the turtle island called Changuu or Prison Island.
Zanzibar is also a paradise for divers since it is home to numerous islets with an impressive marine life, ideal for scuba diving sessions making it a fun activity among things to do in Tanzania.
5. Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika is the second largest lake in Tanzania and Africa. It is also the lake with the most fish in the world.
Endowed with an extremely diversified and complex ecosystem, among its many species of fish, there are more than 250 species of cichlids, lates, and sardines in LakeTanganyika. The lake is also home to freshwater cobras and its shores are populated by hippos, crocodiles and countless bird species.
The Comoros Islands do not have a well-developed tourism industry even though there is enormous presence of natural resources that can be used for tourism. Very few people travel through the Comoros each year. Most tourists looking for a vacation in the region prefer Réunion, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar. Another reason to visit the Comoros is you can see everything the archipelago has to offer without fighting with hordes of tourists.
These are the some of the Comoros attraction that you must visit.
Dominant in the southern part of the Great Comora volcano, Karthala is a popular, but amazing two day hike, ideal for adventurers and climbers. The peak of 2343 meters (7743 feet) is often obscured by clouds, and the path passes through dense forests before reaching the lunar craters near the summit.
The main city of Anjouan in Mutsamudu, was built in the Swahili and Shirazi style, and its wonderful architecture and decoration are a pleasure to see. It is one of the main Comoros attraction. The city is full of houses and buildings of the seventeenth century, as well as mosques, citadels and charming winding streets.
The spectacular beach of Chomoni , a Comoros attraction, is located in the Gran Comora, has lava flows to thank for adding unique black volcanic rocks that are found in the white sands, adding charm. With crystal clear waters, beach lovers are worth a visit.
The small town of Itsamia in Moheli benefited from the relatively small cast of the island, becoming an important nursery for sea turtles. Sea turtles are protected here but tourists have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the region thanks to focus on ecotourism. Taking into account the intact nature, tourists have almost a guarantee that they will see turtles at any time of the year.
The Dziancoundre waterfall in Anjouan is wonderful stop for a moment of relaxation. It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on all the islands. You can feel ylang-ylang, clover and vanilla, which grow throughout the island, relaxing in the waterfall.
Lac Sale is extremely deep. It seems that no one knows exactly how deep Lake Caldera is. It is even more beautiful with an incredible background of the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. When the weather is nice, visitors can explore the entire caldera.
Diving at Mayotte
Divers should definitely visit the relatively small island of Mayotte (Mahore) to do amazing dives. Relax with huge manta rays, whales, lunar spirits, sharks, lobsters, sails and hundreds of marine species. Coelacanth, considered extinct for millions of years, is found in the waters around the Great Chamber and Anjouan.
Dos du Dragon
The Dragon’s Back, or Dragon’s Back, is a series of rock formations near the Karthala volcano in Grand Comore, reminiscent of the dragon’s points. They are located on a curved peninsula and you can see them better from Turtle Island on the other side of the bay or you can climb.
Mitsamiouli, located north of the Grande Comore, is famous for the best dancers of the Comoros in the archipelago. Visitors can see the planned show, but the most common dance is spontaneous. Mitsamiouli is also a great base for diving enthusiasts in the Grande Comore.
Mauritius is paradise with its dream beaches and turquoise lagoon but it would be a shame not to leave your hotel to enjoy the incredible wealth of the island. There are interesting excursions whether you are a water sports enthusiast or a culture buff, ready to meet the people of Mauritius and their heritage. It is easy to visit Mauritius because everything is set up to satisfy the most demanding customers.
The island has a tropical climate with a warm weather all of the year. The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool and dry in addition to being sunny.
Port Louis is the beautiful capital of Mauritius. Not to visit there would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its big market. Mingle with the population and taste the street food and observe the daily life of the Mauritians. Stroll through all the markets to discover all the beautiful fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar where they sell clothes, souvenirs, etc. Summer is a great time to visit Mauritius.
Île aux Cerfs Island or Deer Island
Deer Island is one of the favorite places in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited coastal island that lies to the east of Mauritius. It is a place where Mauritians like to go for a day on weekends to picnic with the family.
There are several options in “all inclusive tour” mode but for more authenticity and be completely free it is recommended you take the water taxi to Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and will take you there in a dozen minutes. The hot summer months is a fantastic time to visit Mauritius.
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the most visited sites on the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (name of the former prime minister). This garden of 37 hectares is a beautiful visit to make. You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This allows to know the history of the park and to know a little more about the specimens that can be observed.
Blue Bay For Snorkeling
South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkeling. The Blue Bay Marine Park is known for its magnificent backdrops. Hire a small glass bottom boat which allows you to learn a little more about the different corals and you will be able to dive with your masks and snorkels for a pure moment of pleasure among the fish of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates.
La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park
It is one of the most incredible places on the island where the earth is of 7 different colors because of the presence of volcanic ash containing mineral oxides of different colors. This place is located in the region of Chamarel, next to the national park.
The retirement years are stereotypically labeled as boring and uneventful. But for the people who have the desire of exploration burning in their hearts, there are some great ways to celebrate retirement –
Going for a Round of Golf in Scotland
Golf is an extremely popular sport amongst retirees. The great sport can be enjoyed the most in Scotland, where the sport plays a vital part in the country’s tourism industry. With a rich history in the sport dating back to 15th century, it is not a surprise that there are over 550 golf courses scattered around the country. If tourists are feeling spoilt for choice, staring in the cities of Glasgow and Aberdeen is a great idea to experience a great golfing experience.
Walking in Cyprus
Walks in Cyprus are delightful and full of surprises. The Cypriots are known for their hospitality and the country promises an abundance of warm daylight, beautiful scenery and accommodation in scenic locations. Walking on Cyprus’ aromatic trails is complimented with sights such as brilliantly frescoed Byzantine chantries, alpine valleys, and sceneries that stretch for great distances. The best areas for walking in Cyprus are the rocky Troodos Highlands, the Krasochoria vineyard regions and the Akamas Cape which is famous for its amazing Mediterranean terrains.
Tran-Siberian Train Journey
The lengthiest route a passenger can take in a single train, the Trans-Siberian Railway Tour is famous for taking mystified vacationers on some of the most extensive trans-Siberian courses, roving between the cities of Moscow and Vladivostok. The entire journey covers over 9,000 kilometers in seven days. Tourists can get to witness the gargantuan panoramas and comprehend the sensation of vastness that the splendid Russian terrains exuberate.
Taking an Adult Gap Year
Taking gap years during retirement is a brilliant way of growing as an individual. An ideal gap year can be spent visiting ancient cities to experience some man-made and natural historic achievements. Be it Rome in Italy or Istanbul in Turkey – gap years should be spent immersed in unique cultures. One may even find the answers to some of life’s deepest questions intensely entrenched into the societies of our descendants. The best thing about taking an adult gap year is that there are no time constraints or no commitments. With a well-planned itinerary, one can find him/herself relaxing in Barcelona and paragliding in New Zealand the following week!
Quite possibly the most far-off place someone can ever be from their homes and their regular lives – Antarctic Cruise presents the ideal opportunity for retirees looking for a unique experience. Lasting for about two weeks, travellers get to experience an ambiance of splendid isolation, surprisingly accompanied by a unique brand of flora and fauna. Visiting the fabulous Lemaire point is a must. The daunting topography of the Antarctic is a sight to behold especially when hordes of penguins, whales, albatrosses, and seals are spotted, co-existing in the peninsula.
These places and activities are perfectly suited for the retired life – thought provoking, calm and extremely pleasurable! You can find more interesting places to visit here.