This quarter we’re exploring the wondrous continent of Africa, highlighting several countries and regions where wildlife and ecotourism are providing an increasing pull for travellers.
The annual flooding of the Okavango River turns the vast grassy plains of this corner of northern Botswana into a lush wetland teeming with wildlife, where you can get up close to elephants, hippos and crocodiles by canoe, or stay on dry land and follow lions, leopards and wild dogs.
Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is a prime destination for ecotourism due to the extensive and varied flora, fauna and landscapes. Attractions range from desert-dwelling elephants and the rockscapes of Damaraland, to epic sand dunes and forests of quiver trees.
Probably most famous for it’s mountain gorilla population, found in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda also offers the chance to see animals such as elephants and giraffes in Akagera National Park.
South Africa has a lot to offer fans of the outdoors, whether it’s diving with great white sharks, taking in the floral landscapes of the Garden Route, or heading out on safari to view the ‘big five’ (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) all of which can be seen here.
Did you know: Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, including the Simien Mountains National Park, home to the endangered Ethiopian wolf, one of Ethiopia’s 31 endemic mammal species. Other endemics include the Walia ibex and the Gelada baboon, the last surviving grass-eating primate.