Since the one year anniversary of my 2012-2013 World Trip I’ve been actively planning the next places to visit in the amazing world. Fellow travellers gave me some great ideas, India, North Korea, Vietnam, Turkey and Croatia among them. In the end I thought it was time to go back to Africa having previously only seen the bottom end (South Africa) and the top end (Egypt) this time I wanted to visit the core of the continent.
So what are the musts for this trip? Well hiking and finding Gorillas sounds like at great idea. I’ve heard some much about Victoria Falls that I’d like to compare to Ignasu Falls and Niagara. Seeing vast deserts and sand dunes (got to do sand boarding again!) to experience the harsh environment especially after experiencing Antarctica’s environment last year appealed as well. Obviously a chance to see lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and the vast array of animals in their natural setting will never get old.
The infrastructure in a lot of Africa is limited at best in places. This is another reason to go now before I get too old. Any extended trip in Africa means camping and sometimes very basic camping at that!
In the end I’ve selected two G Adventure tours. The massive 54 day Ultimate Africa tour which visits Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The trip starts in Cape Town South Africa and goes up the west coast (my previous South Africa visit went from Johannesburg to Cape Town down east coast).
The tour finishes in Kenya without really seeing Kenya so I’ll add on a short 3 day tour to a Kenyan national park for the Masai Mara Safari Experience.
The question was then how to get home. Thanks to the new QANTAS – Emirates alliance I can easily get a flight from Nairobi to Dubai. I expect I spend a couple of days here, I hear the shopping is great and since I’ll probably be flying home landing on Christmas Day it is probably a good idea to get the family presents!
So the plan is to leave late October 2014 and return Christmas day. Surprisingly my current boss said yes the the planned leave. So that leaves saving money, booking flights and getting fit for this trip. Looks like I have goals for 2014 🙂