Unique African Experiences
By Carissa HickokThe continent of Africa is unlike any other, with its spectacular natural scenery, minerals, diverse landscapes and tribal cultures, and safari parks. But here are five things you can’t see anywhere else in the world.
Pyramids are covered in history books in world history class but you can bring them to life by taking a trip to Egypt. Pyramids were originally built as tombs for pharaohs and queens in Ancient Egypt. No two pyramids are exactly alike. The most famous pyramids are located in Giza. To see the pyramids, you can fly into Cairo, the capital of Egypt, and then take a taxi or a private car hire to the pyramids. At the pyramids, you can choose to walk or take a camel ride around to see the landmarks.
The Sahara Desert is the largest warm weather desert on earth, covering approximately 3.5 million square miles and eleven African sovereign states in North Africa. If you want to go on a secluded journey to be one with nature, the desert tour is the way to go. You can either camel trek or ride in a 4x4. You will get to camp around an oasis at night, visit cities during the day, and enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the sand dunes.
You’ve probably heard about the Nile in your world history class when you were learning about Egypt, but the Nile River covers much more ground than just one country. The Nile River is the longest river in the world and passes through eleven African countries in the eastern part of Africa. To enjoy the Nile, river cruises are available in countries like Egypt and Uganda. But arguably the most exciting ways to experience the Nile is to go white water rafting and bungee jumping on the Nile River in Uganda.
At white water rafting, your rafting will usually give you two options: wild or mild? Wild will take you through all the most exhilarating and dangerous waterfalls common known as category 5 rapids whereas mild will take it easy in the beginning and end in a category 5 rapid. After all, you can go rafting without flipping over at least once. If you’ve never rafted before, don’t worry, they will go through all the safety procedures and practices before you actually go out. They even teach you (and make you practice at least once) how to flip and get back on the boat. And course, you must wear life jackets. So for those who don’t know how to swim, don’t worry, you will still have the time of a lifetime.
Mount Kilimanjaro, as you might already know, is the highest mountain on the continent of Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at an estimated 5,895 meters. Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania in eastern Africa. The easiest way to reach Mount Kilimanjaro is by flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport. To climb Mount Kilimanjaro, you must sign up with a company who will in turn provide a porter and several assistants to make the climb with you. While anyone can attempt a climb, the climb does require a good amount of physical exertion to reach the summit. One climb require at least five days though most companies offer treks in the range of 6-8 days.
Truly one of a kind, the Annual Migration, one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World,” takes place in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. As the wildebeests migrate, they will bring predators and preys along. For example, as the wildebeests cross the Mara River, crocodiles lay lurking and waiting for any who fall in. In the Maasai Mara Reserve, wildebeests are hunted by larger meat eaters like lions. A million or more wildebeests make the trek joined by 300,000 zebras and 200,000 antelopes. The timing for the migration is unpredictable as it depends on a variety of factors such as the weather, rainfall, and fertility of soil. To call it a migration is a bit misleading as the wildebeests spend a lifetime migrating in search of fresh green grass and water so there is neither start nor end to the migration.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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