Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where too see Nature 1n 2012

The Serengeti: Tanzania

The Serengeti, Tanzania's pride and joy and most notably the grand stage for the Wildebeest migration, considered by many to be the greatest free show on earth! For those visiting the Serengeti, the neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater is also a popular add on safari as is Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Selous reserves as well as various other habitats which only complement the outstanding beauty of Tanzania. The Wildebeest migration is the crown jewels of a safari in Tanzania, and to see these magnificent creatures cross the Mara River into Kenya you will have to travel between September & October.


Madagascar is certainly an island like no other, its entire nature having evolved in isolation not only from the rest of the world but also from the rest of Africa. A highlight on this magnificent island is to combine the unique flora and fauna which includes the iconic much adored lemur with the Crusoe islands, gorgeous beaches and of course the unspoilt coral reefs. Madagascar is really able to draw in a vast amount of tourism through its population of Lemurs endemic to the island and, it's estimated to host 21% of all primate genera and 36% of all primate families making it hands down the single most important place for 'primate conservation'.

Sossusvlei: Namibia

The dunes surrounding the salt flats of Soussusvlei are said to be amongst the highest in the world making this region of the country one of the highlights of a visit to Namibia. Soussusvlei is located in the Namib Naukluft Park, the largest conservation area in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Tours in Soussusvlei are especially amazing around sunrise and sunset when the surrounding dunes all change colour from a very bright orange to a deep shade of red. Midday here is usually extremely hot and is best spent in the shade, but all in all Soussusvlei is only one reason to visit this magnificent country.

Victoria Falls: Zambia

Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world hence its world wide appeal to travellers. The Falls are just a part of the experience, as the outstanding beauty is complemented by micro light & helicopter safaris, white water rafting, bungee jumping and canyon swinging. To top it all off why not spend the afternoon in 'Devils Pool' on the edge of the falls surrounded by hippos and Livingstone Island (the spot where David Livingstone discovered the Falls) and then named it in honour of his Queen, Queen Victoria.

The Masai Mara: Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa's most popular destinations with tourists all over the world, especially those looking for safari packages combining the Masai Mara with beach holidays up and down the Kenyan coastline. The Masai Mara is the continent’s most famous wildlife reserve, home to the Wildebeest migration in the months of September & October and home to the Big 5 including one of the highest lion densities in Africa. One of the parks biggest draws is a chance to 'meet the Masai' in their traditional villages and whilst a lot of the experiences with the Masai are highly unauthentic; there are still plenty of authentic experiences to be had if you look in the right places.


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