Travel Predictions for 2014: Africa Edition

by Sandy Salle on December 19, 2013

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Each New Year travel publications and bloggers come out with their top 10 lists of the hottest places to travel and upcoming travel trends. But these lists usually include destinations from all over the globe. I’m going to share with you my travel predictions for AFRICA in 2014.

See below for my predictions on the hottest Africa destinations and travel trends for 2014:

More families will want to see the Great Migration: You’ve seen it on Planet Earth and the National Geographic channel, I’m sure. The Great Migration is one of the most riveting natural spectacles on the planet and more and more families want to experience this dramatic natural phenomenon together on a Tanzania family safari.

The opportunity to see thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and hundreds of zebras (along with some lurking predators . . .) is simply unbelievable. The sheer size of the migration is exhilarating to witness and there is lots of action that unfolds in Mother Nature as you follow the Great Migration.

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For those of you who might not be aware of what the Great Migration is exactly, it’s an annual migration of wildebeest and zebra that occurs in Tanzania and part of Kenya. The migration makes a loop and continues along this loop year-round.

Travelers on an African family safari to see the Great Migration have the opportunity to stay at some of the best accommodations in all of Africa, including Serengeti Safari Camp, Lamai Serengeti, Grumeti Serengeti Safari Camp, and more. To view details on these accommodations, click here.

Zimbabwe will be at the top of the Africa travel list: You might think I am bias because I am from Zimbabwe, but over the past year, Zimbabwe has been one of the most popular destinations among our clients. There are several reasons for this rise in popularity. For one, Zimbabwe has some of the BEST game viewing in all of Africa, particularly in Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, and Mana Pools National Park, AND, it’s more affordable than many other destinations in Africa. So not only do you receive equally exceptional game viewing in Zimbabwe, but you’re paying less for the experiences!

It’s also important to mention that Zimbabwe has had a negative connotation throughout the past several years and beyond due to political unrest. Today, Zimbabwe’s political climate is tamed and there is no restrictions issued by the United States for travel to Zimbabwe. I take my family there each year and I would never do that if I felt it was unsafe.

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Victoria Falls

In addition to amazing game viewing opportunities, Zimbabwe is also home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls! Here, you can let your adventurous side run wild as you partake in white water rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining, and more.

Some of our favorite accommodations in Zimbabwe include Changa Safari Camp (located in Matusadona National Park, which is known for excellent game viewing), The Hide Safari Camp, Victoria Falls Hotel, Singita Pamushana, and Somalisa Camp—to name a very few.

Gorilla trekking safaris will be on every avid adventurist’s travel itinerary: Along the mountainous and rolling terrain of Uganda and Rwanda lives one of the world’s most breathtaking animals: the mountain gorilla. This nearly-500-pound creature is absolutely stunning to see in person—especially when they are interacting with other gorillas, foraging, or tending to their babies (baby gorillas will make your heart melt . . .).

Gorillas can be seen in both Uganda and Rwanda, but Rwanda is typically a less expensive option than Uganda. Both countries require travelers to purchase gorilla trekking permits and only a limited number of permits are given out per day. This means that if you are interested in booking a gorilla trekking safari, we suggest booking it well in advance (at least one year in advance) in order to ensure your spot.

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Cape Town will be a hot city destination: Consistently ranking as number one on the “hottest cities to visit” lists, Cape Town is acclaimed for its exceptional restaurants (try traditional Cape Malay cuisine when you’re there!), beautiful and mountainous natural surroundings, expansive beaches, and great shopping. My prediction is that Cape Town will be one of the top most visited cities in the world in 2014 and for good reasons! Travelers can enjoy historical visits to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned along with other political leaders), relaxing days on the beach, hikes up Table Mountain, afternoons shopping, shark cage diving, visits to penguin colonies, and so much more.

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Where do you plan on going in Africa in 2014?

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