25 Things to See & Do in Africa in 2013

by Sandy Salle on January 1, 2013

Africa 2013

Below is our list of the top 25 things to see and do in Africa in 2013:

1. Journey through the Okavango Delta on a mokoro safari: For some of the best game viewing, including sightings of giraffe, elephant, crocodile, and hippo, take a traditional mokoro safari (essentially a canoe safari) down the windy lagoons and waterways of Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta.

2. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Located near Tsavo National Park in Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is devoted to saving the precious lives of orphaned and injured elephants and rhinos in Kenya. Dedicated to the late David Sheldrick, the Trust’s invaluable conservation efforts assist orphaned wildlife, before releasing them back into their home—the wild. Visitors to the orphanage can witness animal feedings, rehabilitation, and more.

3. Stay at one of Singita’s award-winning properties: From Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe to the Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, Singita has been celebrated in international publications, including Travel + Leisure magazine, as having some of the best accommodations in the world.

4. Witness the mountain gorilla in the forests of Uganda: Observing a 500 lb. gorilla in its natural habitat, without the constraints of fences or cages, is one of the most raw and exhilarating experiences to be had in a lifetime.

5. Cozy up to the giraffes at Giraffe Manor: As one of the world’s most interactive and highly unique hotels, Giraffe Manor is home to resident Rothschild giraffe that add beauty and grace to the manicured grounds of an already stunning and exclusive hotel. They’ll even pop their heads into the dining room to watch as you eat your traditional English breakfast.

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Image above is of one of our past clients, Margaret, at Giraffe Manor. To read her testimonial from the visit, click here.

6. Go shark cage diving off the Cape coast: Talk about adrenaline! You can be one of the few individuals who observe the great white underwater by embarking on a cage diving adventure in South Africa—the home of Shark Alley (also known as Geyser Rock).

7. Dine at the award-winning The Tasting Room in South Africa: Yes, there are dozens upon dozens of fantastic restaurants in the Cape area of South Africa, but only one can claim to be the best. And in our opinion, and the opinions of many food critics, jetsetters, and discerning travelers, The Tasting Room is the best.

8. Taste South African wines at century-old wine estates: Home to some of the world’s finest and most complex wines, as well as exceptional cuisine, South Africa’s Cape Winelands is a hot destination for wine and food lovers!

9. Learn survival skills from the Sans Bushmen of Botswana: During interactive bushwalks with the Sans tribesmen, they’ll share with you their extensive knowledge about survival and the secrets of the land, and also share their ancient survival skills, hunting techniques, tribal weaponry, and the laws of nature with visitors.

10. Witness the Big 5 in Hwange National Park: Get up close to some of the planet’s most noble creatures on a game drive or walking safari in Hwange National Park. The Big 5 include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

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11. Visit the Spice Islands and Zanzibar for a romantic getaway: From scuba diving to island hopping tours, and dhow cruises to lazy days on the beach, Zanzibar arguably ranks as one of the top 10 romantic destinations in the world.

12. Sip on a sundowner as you overlook the Zambezi River: One of the best moments on an African safari vacation is sundowner time where you can watch the sun set behind the horizon as you sip your favorite cocktail.

13. Play detective on a walking safari through Luangwa National Park: During a walking safari through South Luangwa, you’ll experience a highly interactive adventure as you discover large game, unique plant life, and bizarre reptiles and insects, and follow freshly made animal tracks. Unlike game drives, walking safaris enable you to hear the pure sounds of the wilderness and use all five senses to track down nearby animals.

14. Zipline over one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls is one of the top places in the world to experience a pure adrenaline rush. Ziplining is one of my family’s favorite activities, so we make sure that we do it every time we’re at Victoria Falls!

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Image above is of my daughter and niece ziplining over Victoria Falls

15. Soar above the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon: View the world from a birds-eye-view and take flight above Kenya’s wildlife-abundant Masai Mara and through the light winds of Africa on a hot air balloon safari. If you’re looking for some exceptional photography opportunities, this is the safari for you.

Click here to view the rest of our list of 25 things to see and do in Africa in 2013.

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