Category: Africa

Uganda – On The Trail Of The Mountain Gorillas

Uganda – On The Trail Of The Mountain Gorillas

The still rather unknown country Uganda delights its visitors with many different highlights! Look forward to hikes, safaris and boat trips where you will encounter one or the other wild animal.

The density and diversity of primates in Uganda’s Kibale National Park is the highest in all of Africa. The best known of its 13 species are the chimpanzees, our closest relative. Prepare for unforgettable encounters during a mountain gorilla hike. Apart from the many animals, the scenic landscapes, the primeval forests and almost mystical lake landscapes are also part of the experience in Uganda, a country starting with U defined by Countryaah.

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This is an example of one of our tours and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adjusted. We would be happy to work out a tour tailored to your interests and budget. This is our specialty!

Best travel time: winter and summer

Travel time: 12 days

Travel planning: This trip can be done individually or in a group.

Tip: The roads in Uganda are very bumpy, so allow for more driving time, even for short distances.

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Mabamba Swamps (optional)
Arrival in Entebbe after your international flight and transfer to the Papyrus Guest House. Optional afternoon activity: By car and canoe to Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places to spot the rare shoebill storks. Of course you need a bit of luck, but you rarely leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home, so bird watching is very interesting. Enjoy a relaxed sundowner on Lake Victoria and then return to the guest house.

Day 2: Drive to Lake Mburu National Park
This morning you drive early to West Uganda through a beautiful landscape consisting of rolling hills and cultivated terraces. Stop in Mpambire to see how drums are built using traditional methods.
After lunch at the lodge, game drive in the park and 1 hour boat trip on Lake Mburu to admire the beautiful scenery. You can see bushbucks, bush combs, crocodiles, hippos, many water birds, etc.

Day 3: From Lake Mburu NP to Bwindi – encounter with the Batwa
Enjoy a morning game drive in the park. Then drive to West Uganda via tea plantations, tropical rainforests and the Virunga volcanoes. You’ll visit the towns of Mbarara, Kabale, and Kisoro before reaching Nkuringo on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
In the afternoon, stroll down to the Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe had to leave their home in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for gorillas only. For millennia they lived as nomadic hunters and gatherers in the forest, in perfect balance with flora and fauna. Suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a major challenge for you. They make a living by explaining their previous forest life and rich heritage.
Continuation of the walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and blacksmith.

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Day 4: Gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After breakfast you will be taken to the headquarters of the national park, where you will receive information about the do’s and don’ts with the gorillas. Then it goes into the forest, where the actual gorilla tracking will begin.
The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular. The dense forest is criss-crossed by numerous animal trails that allow access for tourists. The thrill of watching these gentle and endangered giants is a great and exciting experience. Upon return, relax at the lodge. Optionally, you can either walk through the community center or drive to the “Top of the World” at 5:00 pm. From there you have a wonderful view of the peaks and forests around Nkuringo.

Day 5: Hike and canoe
trip across Lake Mutanda Drive to Rubuguri Junction (10 km – 1 hour. There you will hike through beautiful landscapes and local communities. A great opportunity to experience authentic village life. Upon arrival at Lake Mutanda get in a canoe and take a relaxing trip across the lake.
Of course you can also drive directly from the lodge to the lake (20 – 90 minutes), enjoy the canoe trip around the lake and drive back to the lodge. The guests decide !

Day 6: Hike through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today you will drive along the Nteko Ridge to the junction of the Ivy River Trail, where you will begin an unforgettable hike through the forest. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a huge unique nature reserve. Monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of the world famous bird species of Bwindi, as well as numerous butterflies can be spotted. If you are lucky you might even meet gorillas.
Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, meet your driver and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern area of ​​Ishasha is best known for its local tree climbing lions, which are an exceptional attraction and one of the highlights of all safaris within the park.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)
Full day game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat trip on the Kazinga Canal. The canal is a 22 miles long waterway that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. Here you can spot wild animals and birds on the riverside. Crocodiles have only recently been spotted back in the English Channel. They had actually been gone for 8,000 years after being eliminated from Lake Edward by poisonous ash from native volcanoes.
QENP is one of the oldest parks in Uganda, officially established in 1952. The park was originally known as “Kazinga National Park” before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. QENP is home to 95 species of mammals, more than any other park in Uganda, and 619 species of birds.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Park
Game drive through the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to the lodge in Kibale National Park via the city of Fort Portal. Afternoon hike to the “Top of the World”. There you can enjoy the fantastic view of the Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, tea plantations and villages.

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
In the morning, chimpanzee migration . The density and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in all of Africa. The best known of its 13 species are the chimpanzees, our closest relative. Other primates include the black and white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, gray cheek mangabey, bush baby, and potto.
Afternoon excursion to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This refuge is a bird watcher’s paradise – experienced bird watchers can spot up to 50 new species on a bird list. To date, 138 species of birds have been recognized in the bird sanctuary, including the Great Blue Turaco. Bigodi is also regularly visited by various primate species from the nearby national park.

Day 10: Nothbound
departure to Murchison Falls National Park. The park is located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the Bunyoro escarpment plunges into the vast, palm-fringed savannah. The park is divided into two parts by the Victoria Nile. The “mythical” river plunges 45 m from the Rift valley wall and forms the Murchison Falls – the heart of the park.

Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park
Full day to discover this unique national park.
Early morning game drive en route to the Victoria Nile Delta and a boat ride in this spectacular area teeming with birds and wildlife.
Afternoon boat trip to Murchison Falls (with the option of disembarking and walking to the top of the falls). If you are lucky you can see elephants, giraffes, buffalo, crocodiles, antelopes. Game drive on the way back to the lodge.

Day 12: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and drive to Entebbe
Departure to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – in Nakasongola. This is the only place in Uganda where southern white rhinos can be tracked. In 1983, both black rhinos and northern white rhinos were declared extinct across Uganda. The purpose of the NGO Rhino Fund Uganda is to bring the rhinos back into the country through a breeding and release program.
After lunch, drive to Entebbe and transfer to the airport.

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Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

This fantastic trip is aimed at adventurous and active travelers over the age of 40. You will be able to walk on the ocher-red dunes in the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert, discover the coastal city of Swakopmund and join an exciting safari in the Etosha National Park. We spend our time on the bird-rich Okavango and Kwando rivers in Botswana. In Zimbabwe, we look out over the world’s largest waterfall, the mighty Victoria Falls. Short for NA by Abbreviationfinder, Namibia is a country starting with N defined by Countryaah.

The group consists of mixed nationalities, minimum 4 and maximum 16 participants. The trip is for 16 days / 15 nights and we are happy to help with extra arrangements in connection with the trip.

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Highlights:
Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta and Victoria

Falls The following are included in the trip:

  • 1 night at Safari Court Hotel incl . breakfast
  • 2 nights at Desert Quiver Camp breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at The Delight incl . breakfast
  • 1 night at Ugab Terrace Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Okakeujo Restcamp breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Mokuti Lodgebreakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Hakusembe River Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights on Pepere Island breakfast and dinner and 1 lunch day 11
  • 1 night at Namushasha River Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at C hobe Safari Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Sprayview Hotel breakfast and dinner
  • Meals according to program
  • Activities according to program
  • Guided by a professional and English-speaking guide
  • Transport between the places according to the program with an overland truck, a kind of safari bus

Price from: SEK 33,395 per person
For more detailed information, see program and travel facts / price

Day 1. Windhoek

This afternoon is spent in Windhoek on your own. Take the opportunity to discover Namibia’s capital, which has a mix of German historic buildings and modern office complexes. Overnight at Safari Court Hotel.

Day 2-3. Sesriem

In the morning it carries off towards the desert, where our accommodation in the small community Semsriem, is located right on the border of the Namib Desert. The next morning we get up early to go into Sossusvlei, which has the famous ocher red dunes that can not be seen anywhere else in the world. We stop at the far end of the road to see the changing warm colors of apricot, orange, red and maroon on the cushions during sunrise. The walk to Dead Vlei, 5 km, which is a dry clay smoke in the middle of the sand dunes where dead acacia trees remain as a skeleton against the blue sky, is 5 km. In the afternoon we take a short walk through Sesriem Canyon, one of the few places in the area that has water all year round. Overnight at Desert Quiver Camp.
Meals. Breakfast and dinner

Day 4-5. Swakopmund

We reach the coast at Walvis Bay and during lunch we may see beautiful flamingos searching for food in the streams. We continue towards Swakopmund and spend the afternoon there. The next day we discover on our own this German colonial city, popular with both tourists and locals. It is also possible to book one of the extra excursions, such as a boat trip with a chance to see dolphins or why not look out over the huge Namib desert from the air? Overnight at The Delight.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6. Damaraland

We drive inland to Damaraland which with its beautiful desert landscape, different wildlife and incredible rock formations can make even the most experienced traveler lose his breath. Here the mountains are broken into plains, dried up river beds and warm, dry valleys. Our lodge is located on top of a mountain, with spectacular views. Spend the afternoon just enjoying the incredible environment or relaxing by the pool. Overnight at Ugab Terrace Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7. Etosha National Park

Today we continue towards Etosha National Park where we get to experience our first game drive. The park is known for its arid salt desert, which can be seen from space. Lots of animals gather at the water holes and it is a good place to see animals that have specially adapted to the desert climate. The national park is i.a. home to the endangered cheetah and the rhinoceros. Overnight at our lodge just outside the park entrance. Overnight at Etosha Village.
Meals. Breakfast and dinner

Day 8. Etosha National Park

This park is one of the most important reserves in Africa and thousands of wild animals such as streaked wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant call this their home. The day is spent on a game drive through the park, from west to east. Overnight at Mokoti Lodge.
Meals. Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Okavango River

We leave Etosha and drive into the Caprivi strip, here we spend the night in lush greenery overlooking the Okavango River and on the other side of the river, the country of Angola. In the afternoon there is the possibility of a boat trip on the river (at extra cost). Overnight at Hakumse River Lodge.
Meals. Breakfast and dinner

Day 10-11: Okavango Delta

We continue into Caprivi and cross the border into Botswana. We travel by car to the outskirts of the world’s largest inland delta, Okavango. The next day we travel into the delta, about 30 minutes by boat, before we reach the Nxamasire area where we spend the day with mokoro and boat excursions on the canals in the area. Hiking safaris can also be done depending on the water level in the area. Overnight at Swampstop chalets.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: Kwando rivers

We leave the delta and travel back into Namibia. We continue through to the east side of the Caprivi Strip and come to our lodge which is located overlooking the Kwando River. This area is home to many animals and birds. Take advantage and join a game drive in the afternoon (at extra cost). Overnight at Namushasha River Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13-14: Chobefloden

We leave Namibia and cross the border into Botswana via Chobe National Park. We spend the night at our lodge, which is located right on the edge of the Chobe River. Chobe is known for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and incredible numbers of animals and birds. We get to partake of this beautiful area on a sunset kiss, with the chance to see animals coming down to the river bank to drink. Possibility of a game drive is available (at extra cost). Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15. Victoria Falls

We travel across the border to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls – without a doubt one of the most amazing and spectacular places in Africa. Own time to shop at the local markets or join one of the extra assets offered in Africa’s adrenaline capital, such as rafting, bungee jumping or helicopter flying over the falls, hiking with rhinos or visiting the falls from the ground. Overnight at the Zambezi River. Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16. Victoria Falls

The tour ends after breakfast. You travel home with lots of experiences and memories in your luggage. If you want to extend the trip, we can help you with an arrangement.
Meals: Breakfast

The itinerary can be changed due to local conditions. The trip is also in reverse order and with an extension with South Africa. Feel free to contact us for dates!

Price from: SEK 33,395 per person, part in a double room / tent excluding flights and local payment ZAR2000 which is paid to the guide on site
(The price is based on departure during January-March)

Price from: SEK 34,650 per person, part in a double room / tent excluding flights and local payment ZAR2000 which is paid to the guide on site
(The price is based on departure during April-June, November-December)

Price from: SEK 37,415 per person, part in a double room / tent excluding flights and local payment ZAR2000 which is paid to the guide on site
(The price is based on departure during July-October)

Single room supplement from: SEK 7,925.

This trip is also available in reverse order, and in combination with a variant with start or end in Cape Town. Contact us for more information, as well as more dates if desired.

This is included in the price:

  • 1 night at Safari Court Hotelincl . breakfast
  • 2 nights at Desert Quiver Camp breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at the Delight incl . breakfast
  • 1 night at Ugab Terrace Lodgebreakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Etosha Village breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Mokuti Lodgebreakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Hakusembe River Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at Swampstop Chaletsbreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night at Namushasha River Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at C hobe Safari Lodge breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Sprayview Hotel breakfast
  • Meals according to program.
  • Activities according to program
  • Guided by a professional and English-speaking guide
  • Transport between the places according to the program with an overland truck, a kind of safari bus

This is not included in the price:

  • Flights to and from Sweden, price from approx. 8,500 kr
  • Luncher
  • Drink
  • Extra booked excursions
  • Tips for guides and other staff
  • Admission to parks and other attractions, provided the first day to the guide, ZAR 2000 per person.
  • Visa to Zimbabwe, USD 30
  • Cancellation insurance taken out before the first payment
  • Travel insurance can also be purchased as a supplement to home insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations, contact your local vaccination clinic for advice

Good to know:

  • Group size: 4-16 participants
  • Participants can be from all corners of the world
  • The language of the trip is English

Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Discovery Trip to Madagascar

Discovery Trip to Madagascar

A fantastic tour with the English-speaking guide Klaus Heimer, who has lived in the country for more than 12 years as a photographer and journalist. Meet the locals, enjoy the knowledge from the guide and many good photo opportunities. you will also experience some culinary highlights and of course several encounters with the lemurs that are only found here. According to Abbreviationfinder, Madagascar is a country located in eastern Africa. See Countryaah for more countries starting with letter M.

Discovery Trip to Madagascar 2

The trip is for 18 days / 17 nights. We can help book flights and possibly extra nights on request.

Highlights:
Antananarivo, Andasibe National Park, Palmariun Private Reserve, Sainte-Marie, Ranomafana National Park, Ampefy etc.

This is included in the trip:

  • Accommodation in hotels specified in the program or equivalent hotels with breakfast. On Sainte-Marie with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Entrances and local guides to parks or reserves (Andasibe and Ranomafana)
  • Car, minibus or bus with driver depending on the size of the group
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Train ticket Fianarantsoa – Manakara
  • Motorboat Manambato-Akanin ´ny Nofy – Tamatave
  • English and German speaking guide
  • Tourist tax

Price from: SEK 25,095 per person.
For more detailed information, see program and travel facts / price

Day 1. Antananarivo

When you land at the airport in Antananarivo, a driver is waiting in the arrival hall with a sign with your name on it. He will take you to your Belvedere hotel for overnight stay. The capital of Madagascar is also called Tana.

Day 2. Antananarivo – Andasibe

Early morning and we leave Tana and drive east to Andasibe. On the way there we stop at the reptile park in Marozevo, where we can see chameleons and other animals such as butterflies and frogs up close. We check in at Andasibe Forest Lodge . In the evening there is the opportunity to go on a night hike with a guide that shines with a flashlight so that we will hopefully see the nocturnal lemur “Muslim wall”, sleeping chameleons, tree frogs etc. The hike takes place on a straight, paved road. Overnight at Andasibe Forest Lodge by 142 km and about 3.5 hours driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3. Andasibe – Akanin´Ny Nofy

The morning begins with a guided hike in the park Analamazaotra (first a little uphill then mostly straight ahead) where the largest of the lemurs is, Indri Indri. It can be up to 80 cm long and has a singing sound that we will hopefully hear. Here are more kinds of lemurs, different birds and other animals. We then leave for Brickaville and then continue on a gravel road to Manambato which is located on Lake Rasoa. We then take a boat along the Pangalanes Canal to Akanin´Ny Nofy (meaning the nest of dreams) at Lake Ampita and Palmarium Hotel or Annexet. The power is powered by a generator that shuts off at night. We travel 125 km on a normal road and then 7 km gravel road and finally 1.5 hours boat ride on the canal.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4. Akanin´Ny Nofy

In the morning we walk in the Palmarium private reserve where we get to see several different kinds of lemurs, certainly some up close. When darkness falls, we go by boat to a small island where the night lemur Aye Aye is found. Overnight at Palmarium Hotel or Annexet.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5. Akanin´Ny Nofy – Tamatave – Foulpointe

We take a motorboat to the mainland and Tamatave which is the largest port city in Madagascar and then continue to Foulpointe. Here we can view an old fort, enjoy the sea, the food and walk along the beach. Overnight at Manda Beach Hotel . 60km drive and about 2.5 hours by boat.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6. Foulpointe – Soanierana-Ivongo – Sainte-Marie

We leave early in the morning for the east coast and Soanierana-Ivongo takes the ferry over to the beautiful island of Sainte-Marie which is an old pirate island. We stay at Lakana Hotel which is located on the beach between the airport and the city of Ambodifotatra. Should there be too many waves and the ferry is canceled, we will change the program a bit and sleep another night at the Manda Beach Hotel in Foulpointe. 100km drive and about 1.5-2h ferry.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7. Sainte-Marie

Here we have a day off where we can discover the southern part of the island with Ile aux Nattes or the northern or eastern part of the island by bike or on foot. For those who want, you can indulge in water activities or just relax on the beach. Take the opportunity to see the pirate cemetery at low tide and enjoy the beautiful sunset. July-September you can book an election trip directly with the hotel. Overnight at Lakana Hotel . If the boat to Sainte Marie was canceled due to too high waves, we start going back to Tana and spend the night in Andasibe or Moramanga, depending on availability.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8. Sainte Marie – Antanananrivo

We fly up (or go up if we did not come to Sainte Marie) to Tana and the afternoon is free. Overnight at Belvedere Hotel .
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9. Antanananrivo – Ampefy

After breakfast we go west towards the “wild west” and make several stops to photograph the beautiful nature that we pass. We stop at a lemur park where there are 9 species of lemurs that have 5 hectares of land to move freely on. We stop in a small village where we see several people making small cars and other things from recycled cans and other metal objects that are then exported around the world. We go via Miarinarivo and visit a dormitory where we have lunch (only applies when the school is open) Our last stop for the night is Amefy, which is located by Lake Itasy (means rich in fish), where we spend the night at Kintana Fleuron . 120km and max 3.5h driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10. Ampefy

Today we explore the area around Ampefy, the waterfall on the Lily River, geysers and the lookout point Ilot de la Vierge. In Analavory, they have a market that we visit. Overnight at Kintana Fleuron again. Max 100 km drive, some gravel roads.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11. Amoefy – Faratsiho – Antsirabe

Today we go through one of the coldest areas on Madagascar, we drive towards Antsirabe, known for its rickshaws and gems. We visit the crater lake Andraikiba and if time also allows a workshop where they make miniature bicycles from old cans. Overnight at Flower Palace . 155km drive, and approx. 5h drive
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12. Antsirabe – Ambositra – Fianarantsoa

Our journey now continues south through beautiful landscapes down to Fianarantsoa. We visit a lookout point that gives us a beautiful view of the city of Ambalavao. Overnight at Villa Sylvestre . 240km and 6h driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13. Fianarantsoa – Manakara

Today we will ride the “Jungle Express Train”. The train departs at 7 o’clock in the morning and we will travel over 67 bridges and through 48 tunnels and through tropical forest to Manakara which is located on the east coast of Madagascar. At each station the train stops, fresh fruit, fish and cakes are sold. The train journey takes at best 8 hours but usually takes longer, about 10-12 hours. Before we reach Manakara, the train will cross the runway and this is only available in 3 cities worldwide. Once in Manakara, we check in at our hotel Partenay Club.

If the train should not leave for any reason, we will visit the historic part of Fianarantsoa and then go to Ambalavao to spend the night at the Bougainvillées Hotel . 163km, 8-17h with the jungle train.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14. Manakara – Ranomafana

The morning is free for your own activities. We can go down and see when the fishermen come back with their catch or do a canoe trip on the Pangalanes canal. Then we go together further up to Ranomafana. Along the way we pass palm trees, spice plantations etc. We take a night walk along the road to try to see the Muslim wall, chameleons and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Lodge Chez Gaspard . 200km

If we have not been able to travel by train, we will visit the Anjara reserve which is located about 12km south of Ambalavao, where we have a great chance to see families of the so-called cat wall. We then go to Ranomafana and spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15. Ranomfana – Sahambavy

Today we visit the approximately 40,000 hectare Ranomfana National Park located on the Namorona River. Here are i.a. golden bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs and Sifakan (related to the silk lemur). In the afternoon we continue to Fianarantsoa and from here we take an old train to Lake Sahambavy (if the train works and there are at least 4 people on the trip). Otherwise we drive there and spend the night at Lac Hotel which is right on the lake. About 65km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16. Sahambavy – Ambositra

We are now heading north again and going to Ambositra. We visit Zafimaniry which is a workshop where people work with wood carving. Overnight at Grand Hotel . About 150km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17. Ambositra – Antsirabe – Antananarivo

After breakfast and a walk through the city, we drive back to the capital via Antsirabe. Depending on arrival, there may be time to visit a market where we can buy the last souvenirs for those who have room left in the luggage. Transfer back to the airport to fly home to Sweden again. You may need an extra night near the airport. (Overnight stay will be added). 170 km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Price from: SEK 25,095 per person, part in a double room, excluding flights  
Single room supplement: SEK 4,700

The group consists of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 15 people.

This is included in the price:

  • All transfers according to the program
  • Accommodation in hotels specified in the program or equivalent hotels with breakfast. On Sainte Marie with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Entrances and local guides to parks or reserves
  • Car, minibus or bus with driver depending on the size of the group
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Train ticket Fianarantsoa – Manakara
  • Motorboat Manambato-Akanin ´ny Nofy – Tamatave
  • English and German speaking guide
  • Tourist tax

This is not included in the price:

  • Flights to and from Madagascar, from approximately SEK 10,000 per person
  • Domestic flights Sainte Marie – Tana, from approx. SEK 2,750 per person
  • Visa EUR35 per person. Paid on site
  • Security tax at the airport, approx. SEK 100 per person
  • Other excursions on Sainte Marie that are booked on site
  • Cancellation protection taken out before the first payment
  • Travel insurance, can be bought and also as a supplement to home insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations, contact your local vaccination clinic for advice

Discovery Trip to Madagascar

Shongololo Express – South Africa by Train

Shongololo Express – South Africa by Train

Shongololo, which means centipede in the Zulu language, is a safari-class train. On this train journey you will experience the most and best of South Africa without having to repack your suitcase once. You use the dark hours of the day for transport and the light hours of the day to see and experience South Africa, short for ZA by Abbreviationfinder. This means that during the train journey you have time to see and do more than you might think is possible. Pretoria, Johannesburg, Panorama Route, Kruger Park, Swaziland, Drakensberg’s world heritage sites, culture, shantytowns, Zululand, safaris, golden beaches, St Lucia, Simangaliso Park which is another world heritage site, turquoise sea, vineyards and Cape Town with its sights, just a few examples of what these days will contain. There are also some excursions to choose from; for example a whale watching boat trip in St Lucia on the Indian Ocean depending on the season.

South Africa by train

Arrival Johannesburg “day 0”.

Once at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by representatives on site and boarded the train. This day is for you who arrive a day early to Johannesburg. You can choose between different day activities such as visiting the exhibition “The Cradle of humankind” at Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves, Apartheid Museum & The World of Beerc, Lesedi Cultural Village or East Rand Mall & Emperors Palace. You will spend the night on the train and also have dinner on board.

Day 1. Pretoria and Soweto

You will spend the morning in Pretoria and visit Union Buildings with its beautiful design where, among other things, the president has his office. You will also visit Church Square, the central point of the city where the statue of “Oom Paul Kruger” stands. Arriving in Soweto, you visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first students killed in the uprising against the apartheid government in 1976. You return to Pretoria and at 15.30 the train departs.

Day 2. Panorama Route

The world-famous Panorama Route is located in the province of Mpumalanga, which means “Land of the Rising Sun”. It is a province with an extraordinary nature. Today we will visit the village “Pilgrim’s Rest”, which is a living museum and national monument where gold was discovered in the 19th century. Then you head towards Blyde River Canyon, with a gorge of 26 km and a depth of 800 m. From here you get an unforgettable view.

Day 3. Kruger Parks

You will spend the day in the Kruger Park, a world-famous national park and the best in South Africa when it comes to safari experiences. The park, which covers an area of ​​2 million hectares, has a fantastic wildlife that you will be able to enjoy for a whole day.
The train continues its journey through Kaapmuiden during the night.

Day 4. Swaziland

Today you are in Swaziland, which is Africa’s second smallest country. During the day you will see a part of the country’s everyday life. After crossing the border, the tour continues through the Komati River Valley with its panoramic views of the famous glassworks in Ngwenya. Then on through the capital Mbabane to the Swazi National Museum with exhibitions by King Sobhuza followed by a lunch stop at Mantenga Lodge. In the afternoon you drive through the Ezulwini Valley, passing Ludzidzini’s royal residence to Manzini where guests will experience the Swazi Market. The market is in full swing and shows a wide range of skillfully designed wood carvings, colorful textiles and beautiful basket work, which Swazis is known for.
The train travels during the night to Golela.

Day 5. Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

An early departure to Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve will take us into the park to experience the magic of wildlife. The park is located in the heart of Zululand where ancient paths lead through thorn bushes and along mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive and royal hunting ground of King Shaka, the site now has an exciting natural and cultural history. The park is a treasure trove of animal species including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, kudu, bushbuck, cheetah, hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have been registered. The safaris will be carried out in safari vehicles.

Day 6. Isimangaliso Wetland Park

You visit the Simangaliso Wetland Park in St Lucia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you have the opportunity to find crocodiles and hippos and many other animals. In the afternoon you go on a guided tour to the Zulu Cultural Village to take part in the tribes’ everyday life.

Day 7. Durban

Today you wake up in South Africa’s third largest city Durban and can choose between 3 different day trips:

Durban city tour
You will see a wonderful mix of the new and the old of the city. You will travel along the “Golden Mile”, walk in an area full of good hotels and restaurants. You will also visit Viktoria Market in the morning. You then choose whether you want to go to the botanical garden or to uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest marine park. There you can have lunch and spend your afternoon.

Durban’s spiritual tour
You start in Mariannhill to get a guided tour through the monastery followed by a short visit to Hari Krishna “Temple of Understanding” and lunch. It carries after lunch off towards the Phoenix Settlement, created by Mahatma Gandhi and then on to Hindu, Sufi and Muslim temples. Among other things, you will see Juma Musjid, South Africa’s largest mosque.

Umhlanga Rocks beach day
You can also choose to spend the whole day on the beach with sun and swimming and then if desired go on some shopping in the Gateway Shopping Center before returning to the train.

Day 8. Drakensberg

The train has today taken you to Drakenbergen and you can today choose between 4 different day trips:

Battlefield
Today you will follow in the footsteps of the Anglo Boer War by visiting the Siege Museum and other places famous for battles, such as Spioenkop. Other highlights are Wagon Hill. You will also gain more knowledge about Winston Churchill and Gandhi.

Midlands Meander
The famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is a unique mix of more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, play and have fun in general. It started many years ago as a voluntary gathering of artisans, who wondered if they could entice visitors to leave the paved path and explore their studios and galleries. Midlands Meander has now grown into a fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely amenities. It offers a wide range of sports, environmental and historical activities. Among your stops will be a visit to Howick Falls and a beer tasting (Pickled Pig, Pie Eyed Possum, Whistling Weasel) at Nottingham Road Brewing Company a microbrewery.

Southern Drakenbergen Birding Trail
You will travel to the foot of the Drakenbergen and you will take a guided walk into the “Pursers Bush” A native forest dominated by the wood species Yellowwood. This is a habitat for the rare Cap Parrot (350 out of 800 left in the world live here) and many other different bird species, such as the Sakabula, Bald Ibis and Gray Crown Crane.

Drakenbergen hiking
trail The hike begins in the Cobham region, through the Mcheche forest to see the beautiful flora and fauna. Further towards Boundary Rocky where Captain Allen Gardiner and Wagon Master Dick King had to abandon their mission, to find a direct route through the mountains from Durban to Cape Town. Here you have the opportunity to see rock carvings and swim in the pools. On the way home we stop at a workshop and “Allans Shelter”. The hike is 8.5 km.
If you want, it is also possible to book a day trip to Lesotho. (not included in the price)

Day 9. Bloemfontein

Today you wake up in Bloemfontein and can choose between 3 different day trips;

Bloemfontein city tour and go to Kimberley
After breakfast you take a bus to Bloemfontein and visit the “Women’s Memorial” at the Anglo-Boer War Museum. This monument is in memory of the 27,000 women and children who died in concentration camps. You will have lunch at “Loch Logan Waterfront”. After lunch we drive towards Kimberley.

Go to Kimberley for a city tour
After breakfast you take a bus to Kimberley and visit the “Big Hole Diamond Mina Museum”. After lunch at one of the restaurants in the city, we visit “William Humphrey Art Gallery” and “Macgregor House Museum”. Then back to the train.

Train to Kimberley for a city tour in the afternoon
After breakfast you take a train to Kimberley to have lunch at a restaurant in the city and take you on to “The Big Hole Diamond Mine Museum”.
During the night you go to Worcester.

Day 10. Wineries or Hermanus

Today you can choose between 2 different day trips;

Historic hearts of vineyards The
day begins with a trip to Franschhoek via Villiersdorp and offers a fantastic view of vineyards and plantations. You are visiting the “Huguenot Memorial”. You continue your journey across the Hellshoogte Pass through a landscape of orchards, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards. In Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in the country, located in the heart of the Winelands, you can enjoy a lunch break. In the afternoon you drive to Paarl, named after the large granite domes of mountains overlooking the city. A wine tasting is included in this excursion.

Scenic mountain passes and Hermanus
You travel over scenic mountain passes such as Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte Pass and via Overberg, the towns of Villiersdorp and Botrivier to Hermanus, once a famous fish market and whaling station. During the whale season (approximately from July to November each year) whales can be seen from as close as 5 meters away from the cliffs. WWF includes Hermanus in its list of 12 best whale watching sites in the world. In the afternoon, take the coastal road past Betty’s Bay and Clarence Drive towards Mother City to meet the train. A wine tasting is included in this excursion.
If desired, you can book to go out by boat for whale watching during the election season. (not included in the price)

Day 11 & 12. Cape Town

During these days you will be in Cape Town and can choose between 2 different day trips.

Kirstenbosch and Cape Peninsula
You will visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is world famous for its beauty and diversity, a farm of 528 hectares. Further towards Hout Bay and its charming and colorful boats and then Simons Town, a cozy little coastal town. You will visit the Boulders Penguins Colony, which is the only place in the world where you can actually swim among penguins. The day will not be complete if you do not visit Godahoppsudden’s nature reserve with thousands of native plant species and baboons and antelopes.

City tour in Cape Town The
day begins with a cable car up the Table Mountains (not included in the price). You continue with the state tour and walk through Company Garden followed by a visit to “Bo – Kapp Museum”. On the way to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront you will stop at Diamonds Works, where you will see more of jewelry making and diamond grinding. In the afternoon you will visit “District 6”. You end your state tour by visiting the “Castle of Good Hope”, the oldest preserved building in the country.

You can also book extra activities if desired. There are, among other things, helicopter flights over Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, diving among white sharks in Gansbaai, taking the cable car up Table Mountain, visiting Robben Island. (not included in the price)

Day 13. Return trip

Today you will now be driven from the train to either your hotel or to the airport.

The price varies depending on which class you want to live in. Read more under travel facts

Gold = from SEK 56,250 per person
Emerald = from SEK 71,250 per person
Contact us for departures during 2021-2022 and more detailed price

This is included in the price:

  • Transfer between airport and train round trip.
  • Accommodation on board the train during the journey.
  • Breakfast and dinners during the trip.
  • A free choice of included excursions and activities according to the program.

This is not included in the price:

  • International flight between Sweden and Johannesburg, from about SEK 8,500 per person
  • Luncher
  • Drinks for meals
  • Laundry
  • Extra excursions and activities
  • Tip
  • Overnight 1 extra night in Johannesburg
  • Cancellation or travel insurance that can be taken out by us through Gouda

We reserve the right to make changes to the program beyond our control and to any currency changes.

The trip is for 15 days / 14 nights.

Around South Africa by train with guided tours in minibus. Good Hope – From Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa. English-speaking guides accompany us on the train and guide us on all excursions included in the South African trip. Also on the train are air-conditioned minibuses that we use on the excursions.

Cabins: The train has double coupes in the Gold and Emerald classes as well as a few single coupes, a restaurant trolley and a bar trolley. In total, the train contains ten carriages. Each passenger compartment has 6 double compartments and two single compartments. Gold and Emerald have private shower / wc and air conditioning in the cabin. What distinguishes these coupes is mainly the size. All compartments have safes / lockable storage boxes. The train is not a luxury train.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner are served in the air-conditioned restaurant trolley. The menu includes traditional, local dishes. The train also has a lounge / bar trolley with room for 60 people.

Flights: We help you book flights. The flight includes breakfast and dinner.

Payment: Special payment rules: 40% of the total amount must be paid upon booking and will not be refunded in the event of cancellation. The remainder, which is refunded in the event of cancellation, must be paid 2 months before departure.

Tour guide: Professional guides accompany the train and speak English.

Transport: The excursion vehicles are included with the train. All buses have air conditioning.

Credit card / payment: A refundable deposit will be requested upon boarding. Payment on board the train can be made by Rand, traveler’s checks or credit card. Everything bought on board is paid at the end of the trip.

Electricity: 220V, adapter required

Tips: If you are satisfied with the trip and the service, we recommend about 500 Rand per adult guest for the entire trip. This is put in a pot and shared equally among the staff.

Insurance: Check with your home insurance about which trip and cancellation protection you have.

Passport / Visa: Valid passport for at least 6 months. Two blank pages for stamps in the passport are required.

Vaccinations: We refer to the nearest vaccination center for information on what is required for your particular trip.

Climate: Much depends on what time of year you choose to travel to South Africa. It is winter there when we have summer in Sweden.

Equipment / Clothing: Casual clothing on the train. Soft clothes such as khaki pants, jeans or similar. Sandals / sneakers. Attire depends on the season, bring warm clothes June-August. KwaZulu-Natal is hot all year round.

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania – A Dream Trip

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania – A Dream Trip

A wonderful trip with the little extra when it comes to luxury and beautiful beaches with sun and swimming. You start the journey with a few days safari in the most famous parks in Tanzania, stay in really good lodges and then end at two different resorts in the beautiful Seychelles, one of which is on a private island, Denis Island. Safaris in Tanzania can be done all year round, but maybe not during the rainy season April-May when many roads are flooded. The best time to get a chance to take part in the annual migration is September / October. According to Abbreviationfinder, Seychelles is a year-round destination and October-February can offer rain showers but these are usually intense with short. See more countries starting with S on Countryaah.

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania 2

This trip is a proposed layout 13 days / 12 nights so we can easily tailor it so the trip suits your wishes.

Highlights:

Mahe and Denis Island, Seychelles, Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro

The price includes:

  • Transfer from and to the airports in Tanzania
  • 2 nights at Cofee Lodge, Arusha incl breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Tarangire Tree Topsincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights at Dunia Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transport and safari in four-wheel drive Land cruiser with own driver / guide
  • All entrances to parks and the reserve.
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day during the safari
  • 2 nights at Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe incl. breakfast
  • 4 nights at Denis Private Island Resort including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer between Mahe Airport and Carana Beach Resort round trip
  • Flight from Mahe to Denis Private Island round trip

Price from SEK 75,765 per person

For more detailed information, see program and travel facts / price

Day 1. Arusha

When you land at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our representative who will drive you to your hotel Coffee Lodge in Arusha for the night.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2. Arusha – Tarangire

After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up by your private safari guide and head towards Tarangire. The car journey takes 2 – 2.5 hours and goes over a paved road. Upon arrival in Tarangire, you first make a short stop for registration in the park. Here you can take the opportunity to drink something and / or go to the toilet. In the afternoon you spend a safari in the park which is known for its huge Baobab trees and large herds of elephants. Other animals that are common in the park include i.a. zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, ostrich, lion, leopard, impala, Grants gazelle, Thomsons gazelle and others. You stop at a picnic lunch break during the day and have dinner at your lodge in the evening, Tarangire Tree Tops.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3. Serengeti

After breakfast you leave Tarangire and drive towards the Serengeti. The road to the Serengeti passes Lake Manyara (but not through the National Park), the Rift Valley Viewpoint and the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater. You arrive at the Serengeti and have time for a game drive through central Serengeti before arriving at your tent camp located in the middle of the Serengeti, Dunia Camp .
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4. Serengeti

This whole day is spent on safari in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is home to more large mammals than any other park in Africa and among the animals you can see during your days here can be mentioned, for example; lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grants gazelle, impala, baboon, giraffe, crocodile, hippopotamus, waterbuck, rockhopper, coantilop. Ostriches, warthogs, etc. You stop at a rest area in the park to have a picnic lunch before you go on a little more safari before you go back to your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5. Serengeti to Ngorongoro

After breakfast you make your last trip in the Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro Crater after lunch. You will arrive at your lodge, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp which is located in an acacia forest, just beyond the edge of the crater in the middle of the afternoon and spend a few hours enjoying the beautiful surroundings overlooking the highest mountains in the southern part of the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6. Ngorongoro

After breakfast it is time to go down to the Ngorongoro Crater which was once an active volcano and takes part in the fantastic wildlife that lives within these walls. About 600 meters down in the crater you have the chance to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and many beautiful bird species that circulate around the lakes but also many other animals and the crater also gives you the opportunity to see black rhinoceros. You have a picnic lunch down in the crater while you see the animals grazing around you. In the afternoon you will then return to Arusha for an overnight stay at Coffee Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7-8. Kilimanjaro-Seychelles / Mahe

You drive early in the morning to Kilimanjaro Airport and fly to the Seychelles. When you arrive at the airport on Mahe you have a transfer to your hotel for your next 2 nights, Carana Beach Hotel. These days you dedicate yourself to sun and swimming and other excursions offered on the island. There is a rum distillery, several hiking trails and marine parks. The island is only 28km long so you can easily get around by bike or taxi.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9. Denis Island

Denis Island You have a transfer back to the airport to fly in a small plane over to Denis Island . So for those of you who are looking for a private beach, why not go to a private island ?! You land among palm trees and here is only one resort for pure relaxation with luxury!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10-12. Denis Island

You spend your days just relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, paddling or just reading a good book, the choice is yours! There is no coverage on the phone, no internet and no TV, all so you can just relax.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 13. Return trip

Today it’s time to go home so you fly back to Mahe and the airport for your trip home again. With you in your luggage you have many wonderful memories and experiences from your trip!
Meals: Breakfast

Price from SEK 75,765 per person share in a double room (price applies in March and 1 Nov-21 Dec)
Price from SEK 79,985 per person share in a double room (price applies in June-October)

For other times of the year, contact us for a price

This is included in the price:

  • Transfer from and to the airports in Tanzania
  • 2 nights at Cofee Lodge, Arusha incl breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Tarangire Tree Topsincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights at Dunia Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transport and safari in four-wheel drive Land cruiser with own driver / guide
  • All entrances to parks and the reserve.
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day during the safari
  • 2 nights at Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe incl. breakfast
  • 4 nights at Denis Private Island Resort including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer between Mahe Airport and Carana Beach Resort round trip
  • Flight from Mahe to Denis Private Island round trip

This is not included in the price:

  • Flights will be added from approximately SEK 11,100 per person (Stockholm-Kilimanjaro-Mahe-Stockholm)
  • Extra at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and other staff
  • Visa to Tanzania about 50USD per person
  • Necessary vaccinations, contact a vaccination center for details

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania

Africa Travel Guide

Africa Travel Guide

Botswana

Botswana

According to Countryaah, there are 54 countries in Africa. Botswana is one of them. The enchantingly beautiful Botswana in southern Africa is known for the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world and a natural wonder of superlatives, as well as for its grandiose landscapes and its national parks and game reserves. These are among the best safari regions in the world.

Botswana borders Namibia to the west and north, South Africa to the south, Zimbabwe to the east and Zambia at one point in the northeast. The name is derived from the Tswana ethnic group, which forms the majority of the population. About 2 million people live in the country and the two official languages ​​are English and Setswana. The latter is the mother tongue of most of the locals. From secondary school onwards, teaching is in English. Most residents understand and speak both languages. The largest cultural event is the annual Maitisong Festival in April in the capital Gaborone, to which theater and music groups from all over southern Africa travel.

Botswana is often classified as a model country in Africa. Since its independence in 1966, it has had a free and democratic basic order and a legitimate government. This stability makes Botswana a very popular travel destination in southern Africa. The annual economic growth is regularly the highest of all African countries. The reason for this is the export of diamonds. The country is characterized by two fascinating contrasts. On the one hand, Botswana consists for the most part of the Kalahari Desert, a largely flat thorn savannah, on the other hand, the Okavango Delta (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its countless waterways offers a habitat for hundreds of animal species. National parks and game reserves take up around 20% of the country’s area. In addition, there are protected game areas surrounding the parks and reserves.

Climate:
The country has a predominantly hot and dry savanna and semi-desert climate.

Best travel time:
April and May are wonderful and very pleasant months. The landscape is still lush and green. With warm days (approx. 25 ° to 30 ° C) and cooler nights (approx. 10 ° C), the weather for traveling is perfect.
Between June and August the maximum daily temperatures are between 20 ° and 27 ° C. At night and in the early morning hours it can cool down to a few degrees. These are very popular months to travel as the water level in the Okavango Delta is highest and numerous wild animals are attracted. In addition, the vegetation is declining, so that there are optimal game viewing opportunities. In September and October temperatures reach 25 ° to 30 ° C. The landscape is becoming drier and the animals gather at the water points. These months are considered the best time to travel for wildlife viewing.
November to March is known as the “green season”, as the summer rains begin. Temperatures reach around 30 ° to 35 ° C during the day and rarely below 20 ° C at night. During the rains it can drop to 15-18 ° C. The rain showers are generally short and heavy, but alternate with long dry periods. The “green season” is still a good time to travel, because the rain ensures that the landscape wakes up and becomes greener. Due to the ideal conditions, many animals have their offspring and numerous young animals can be discovered.

Tuli block in Botswana

The Tuli Block in Botswana is a narrow strip along the Limpopo River in the triangle of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The landscape is extremely varied with open savannahs, forests, wetlands, grass plains and sometimes bizarre sandstone cliffs. The region offers excellent opportunities to observe lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, spoonhounds, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, various antelope species and many other animals. But also bird lovers get their money’s worth, because with more than 350 different bird species the area is extremely diverse.

The journey to the Tuli Block takes place in most cases from South Africa. There is now the possibility to fly with small charter planes from Johannesburg or as a self-drive to cover the approx. 550 km on well-developed asphalt roads.

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is a fascinating travel destination. Wide, undulating plateaus and rugged mountains, wide sandy beaches and rugged rocky coasts, fertile farmland and desert-like dry areas characterize the varied landscape. The unique flora and fauna are protected in numerous national parks, game and nature reserves. More than 3,000 kilometers of coastline with countless dream beaches line the country. Rough and melancholy in the west, mild and Mediterranean in the south, tropical and warm in the northeast. Modern cities, European comfort and a good infrastructure combine in South Africa with the originality of the black continent Africa. With its warm and hospitable people and its unique flora and fauna, South Africa will cast its spell over you too.

Climate:
South Africa has an annual average of 22 ° C. With the west and east coast as well as the inland one can distinguish three different climatic zones. In the west the summers are dry and warm, while the winter months are cool and humid. The warm and humid east coast faces a dry inland desert area. The winter nights can lead to frost and snowfall here.

Best travel time:
South Africa is – with region-specific differences – a year-round destination.
In general, the drier months of April and May as well as the blooming southern spring from September to November with mild temperatures are favorable travel times for South Africa. The Cape region is easy to travel to between October and April. Whale watching is possible off the Cape Coast between July and October. The southern winter months between June and August make the northeast of the country and the east coast particularly attractive.
Safaris should be scheduled between July and October.
Oppressive humidity on the east coast and very hot temperatures in the interior await travelers in the southern summer between mid-December and February.

Namibia

Namibia

According to Bridgat, Namibia is a country located in Africa. If you want to enjoy peace, pristine landscapes, a species-rich fauna and the luxury of boundless space, you will not let go of Namibia. On a journey to the highest dunes in Sossusvlei, into one of the oldest deserts in the world, along a lonely coastal strip to tropical wetlands in the Caprivi, the diversity of Namibia’s nature becomes visible. A visit to the Etosha National Park is also unforgettable. Namibia’s tourist infrastructure is one of the best developed in southern Africa. The unique mixture of African and European influences makes the Sonnenland a special travel destination.

Climate:
Namibia is an extremely dry country with hot temperatures, which can, however, vary greatly during the day and year. It is warm all year round in the Namib Desert, where extreme values ​​of over 40 degrees Celsius are reached in summer and temperatures down to zero degrees in the winter nights of July and August. Winter can get very cold in western Namibia, but it is much milder in the inland highlands. The main rainy season in Namibia brings abundant rainfall from December to March.

Best travel time:
You can travel to Namibia all year round and the country has an average of 300 sunny days per year.

The best time to travel is between May and September. The day temperatures reach a pleasant 20 ° to 25 ° C and there is hardly any rain. Cold nights can be expected in June and July. Especially the end of the Namibian winter in August / September is ideal for a safari. Because of the drought there are only a few places where the wild animals in the national parks can quench their thirst.

In the Namibian summer from November to March the temperatures are between 20 ° and 35 ° C. From January to March there are often short, heavy rain showers in the afternoons.

East Africa Travel Guide

East Africa Travel Guide

Uganda

Uganda

According to Countryaah, Uganda is in close proximity to the equator in the eastern center of Africa. Winston Churchill gave Uganda the nickname “Pearl of Africa” – a sonorous name that promises diverse and unique natural beauties. In Uganda the savannah of East Africa merges into the rainforest of Central Africa, which has interesting effects on the biodiversity of plants and animals. The country is characterized by many lakes such as Albert, Edward, Mutanda, Bunyonyi and Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest body of water. But also the huge Victoria Nile as a tributary of the White Nile, the over 5000 m high Ruwenzori Mountains as well as typical African bush savannas and dense rainforests make up the very diverse landscape. The highlight of every trip awaits visitors in the dense mountain rainforest of the Bwindi National Park: the encounter with imposing mountain gorillas. The chimpanzees that maneuver their way through the trees in the thicket of the Kibale Forest are also an attraction. The capital Kampala and the entry airport Entebbe are located on Lake Victoria, not far from the long sought-after sources of the Nile. The country’s name goes back to the Kingdom of Buganda, the most important of the kingdoms that arose on today’s territory.

Climate:

Thanks to the moderate tropical climate, the daytime temperatures are between a relatively mild 25 and 30 ° C. The temperatures hardly change during the year due to Uganda’s location on the equator. There are two rainy and two dry seasons.

Best travel time:

The dry months of December to February and July to October are generally recommended for travel. Animal observations in the national parks are then somewhat more advantageous depending on the weather.

Kenya

Kenya

According to Bridgat, Kenya is a country located in East Africa. There are numerous reasons for a trip to Kenya: hospitable, warm people, the interesting eventful history, the legendary Masai Mara, perfect for a safari to see wild animals and of course Africa’s “Big Five”. Kenya impresses with green mountain rainforests in the cool highlands as well as wide, hot savannahs, extensive national parks and protected reserves as well as with the tropical east coast on the Indian Ocean with dreamy, kilometer-long sandy beaches. In addition, breathtaking mountain landscapes such as the 5199 m high Mount Kenya or the East African Rift Valley with numerous lakes. In addition, Kenya attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras wander through the Masai Mara every year following the rain.

Climate:

Kenya offers warm temperatures around an average of 23 degrees Celsius all year round. At up to 32 degrees, the coast has much higher temperatures than the highlands. It is characterized by two rainy seasons, which run between the end of March and May and from the end of October to mid-December.

Best travel time:

Just like Tanzania, Kenya is a perfect winter travel destination: While it is cold in Central Europe, from November to February temperatures are pleasantly warm in East Africa. In Kenya’s temperate climate, you can travel almost all year round and go on safari in the numerous national parks and protected reserves. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and overnight prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between August and October you can experience the spectacular large animal migration and dramatic river crossings in the Masai Mara.

Tanzania

Tanzania

There are numerous reasons for a trip to Tanzania: the warm, hospitable people, the almost endless vastness and diversity of the country, the interesting and comprehensive history. Tanzania shines through its location on the East African Rift Valley with a wide variety of vegetation and climatic zones: from rainforest to savannah, from subtropical lowlands to cool highlands, with huge national parks, miles of dream beaches on the Indian Ocean, with untamed wilderness and the highest mountain range on the continent – the 5895 m high Kilimanjaro. In addition, Tanzania attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate between Serengeti and Masai Mara following the rain. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of Tanzania and other countries in Africa.

Climate:

Depending on the altitude, the characteristics of the tropical climate in Tanzania differ. The average annual temperatures are 26 degrees Celsius on the always humid, subtropical coast. In the country’s mountain regions, it is a few degrees cooler with an average of 17 ° C. The north and north-east have two rainy seasons between March and May and between October and November. In the south there is a longer rainy season between November and April.

Best travel time:

Basically, you can travel most of the year in the north and northeast of Tanzania. The recommendations are based on the preferred region and the planned activities in Tanzania. The great migration of animals can be observed almost all year round on safaris in various regions of the Serengeti. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and accommodation prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between June and September you can expect more pleasant temperatures than in the hot months of December to March.

Southern Africa Travel Guide

Southern Africa Travel Guide

Seychelles

Seychelles

According to Countryaah, there are 5 countries in Southern Africa. Seychelles  is one of them. The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 small and large islands with a total area of ​​455 km². The islands are scattered over hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in the Indian Ocean. Almost half of the total land area has been declared a protected area. The granite islands around the main island of Mahé, the “Inner Islands”, and the coral islands, the “Outer Islands”, which stretch almost to the East African coast, are intact home to astonishing tropical flora and endemic fauna. The underwater world is also unique with its colorful reef fish, shellfish, octopus and sea turtles as well as rays, large perch and the gentle giant of the sea, the whale shark. The year-round balanced climate, the friendly multi-cultural population, a well-tended hotel business.

Climate:

The Seychelles have a tropical maritime climate, which is determined by the northwest monsoon between December and March and the dry southeast trade wind between May and October. Strong thunderstorms and showers occur in the warm, humid winter months. All year round, the daytime temperatures close to the equator are on average between a warm 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. For the Seychelles a year-round high humidity of a stable 80% is typical, which reaches peak values ​​in April and November due to the partly absolute calm.

Best travel time:

The Seychelles are a tropical all year round paradise. However, the months with less precipitation from May to October are particularly favorable when the southeast trade winds moderate the humidity a little. All year round, water temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees invite you to swim.

Mauritius

Mauritius

The coral banks that surround almost the entire island act as breakwaters and ensure calm bathing water on the fine sandy beaches. But they are also a paradise for all kinds of fish and shellfish, which in turn form the basis for tasty dishes. However, Mauritius offers more than just a beach holiday, such as climbing the 812 m high Le Pouce near Port Louis. Or a visit to the picturesque villages and lively cities, wonderful subtropical vegetation, Indian temples, Chinese pagodas, neat churches and small mosques. The vitality and joie de vivre of a multicultural community can be seen at all kinds of festivities and in a no less varied, tasty cuisine. Make your dream come true!

Climate:

The year-round tropical climate is typical for Mauritius. Inland there are pleasant, milder temperatures, on the coast it is a little warmer. Between November and April, the warm and humid southern summer reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius, with an average of 6 degrees the following winter is cooler and drier, although precipitation can still occur even then.

Best travel time:

May, June and between September and November are the drier months in Mauritius. In principle, the summer months of July and August are also possible for travel, but the mornings and evenings are sometimes a bit chilly. Due to the oppressive humidity and the risk of cyclones, Mauritius is not recommended during the main rainy season from January to March. A high number of holidaymakers can be expected between December and April.

Zambia

Zambia

Some also refer to the country as “Africa’s best kept secret”. Lush green areas, impressive mountain ranges, the foothills of the Kalahari, a diverse and colorful flora and fauna, abundant water resources and the indescribably beautiful Victoria Falls make the country wonderful. Last but not least, the hospitality of the inhabitants make Zambia an unforgettable travel destination. Nature and animal lovers will find a true paradise here.

Climate:
Zambia has a mild and alternately humid tropical climate. The valleys have average temperatures between 22 ° and 25 ° C, slightly lower at the higher altitudes. The year is determined by the alternation of a sunny, cool dry season between May and August (approx. 15 ° to 27 ° C) with a hot dry season until November (approx. 24 ° to 32 ° C). This is followed by a humid and hot rainy season, which begins in October in northern Zambia and two months later in the south. Tropical storms, strong thunderstorms and temperatures of up to 38 degrees characterize this period. In northern Zambia it is rainier than in the south. From December to April there is the hot, humid rainy season with violent tropical storms and average temperatures between 27 ° and 38 ° C. Sunny weather alternates with heavy rainfall.

Best travel time:
The best travel time is in the dry season between May and October. In the June and July nights it can get quite fresh. From May to August the landscape is green and the temperatures are a little cooler. The period August to October is ideal for wildlife viewing.

Reunion

Reunion

In the middle of the Indian Ocean there is a small piece of France with a tropical flair. As a French overseas department, the euro was introduced here 3 hours earlier than in Germany in 2002. The island is a popular travel destination, especially for hikers and nature lovers. The varied landscape and the diverse flora are best discovered on long hikes.

Climate:

There is a tropical to tropical summer humid climate. From December to March is hot and humid summer time with average temperatures of 28 ° C on the coast and up to 23 ° C in the mountains. During this period there is the rainy season. From April to November is the dry, cooler “winter time” with average temperatures of 21 ° C on the coast and up to 12 ° C in the mountains. La Réunion also has different microclimates. The east coast, for example, is very rainy, and the west coast sometimes even has a steppe climate.

Best travel time:

From May to November the weather is pleasantly mild and not very rainy, which is ideal for trekking and hiking activities.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

According to Bridgat, Zimbabwe is a country located in Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is a beautiful and generally safe travel destination and everyone gets their money’s worth here. Whether on exciting safaris, white water rafting on the Zambezi or mountain hiking through the hilly countries in East Zimbabwe. Numerous rivers have their source in the hilly highlands in the middle of the country and flow into the Kariba Reservoir in the northwest, into the wetland areas of Botswana in the west or into the Zambezi River in the northeast.
Tourist highlights such as the Victoria Falls, the countless national parks, the historical evidence in “Great Zimbabwe” and the Stone Age cave paintings of the San invite you to linger. But the pulsating cultural metropolis and state capital Harare is still an absolute insider tip. There are numerous historical and scenic sights in the country. The highlights of the country are the numerous national parks, for example the Hwange National Park, the Mana Pools National Park and the Victoria Falls National Park with its diverse fauna.

Climate:
Dry and rainy seasons alternate in tropical to subtropical Zimbabwe. The rainy season between October and March is followed by the dry season from April to September. In the humid months, the thermometer can exceed 35 ° C, and a high level of humidity ensures oppressive humidity. In the southern winter months of June and July it gets so cold that night frosts occur. The days, however, are sunny and up to 25 ° C warm. The country’s eastern mountainous regions have more rainfall than western Zimbabwe.

Best travel time:
The best travel time for stalking and overland tours is the relatively mild dryness between April and October. It can get very chilly at night between June and August. In October and November the daytime temperatures are already quite high. The rainy season begins in November and lasts until around March.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique with its almost 3000 km long coastline offers its guests an incredibly diverse travel experience. The country only became interesting for tourism a few years ago, but it is full of potential to offer travelers an unforgettable vacation. It borders South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Open bush and shrub landscapes are the most common form of vegetation in Mozambique. Dry forests predominate in lowland areas and near the coast. The sea coasts are determined by palm forests and mangrove belts.

The islands of Magaruk, Benguerua and Bazaruto off the Mozambican coast are interesting attractions because of the abundance of fish, the diving opportunities on the coral reefs and the white sandy beaches. National parks, such as the three-country national park Limpopo with large game and the Gorongonsa-NP are very worth seeing.

Climate:
Mozambique is characterized by a humid tropical climate. The rainy season between October and March is replaced by the dry season. In the interior of Mozambique, the temperatures are highest at up to 37 degrees Celsius. On the south coast, compared to the north, greater temperature fluctuations are possible, the high amounts of precipitation during the summer cause an oppressive humidity.

Best time to travel:
The dry season between April and October is recommended for travelers, when temperatures drop and do not feel so humid anymore. We do not recommend the first three months of the year. These are very hot and heavy rains can occur.

Madagascar

Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is often referred to as the “sixth continent” due to the isolated development of flora and fauna over millions of years. Many animals and plants are endemic as a result. With more than 20 million inhabitants and an area of ​​587,041 km², Madagascar is the second largest island state in the world in terms of area.

Climate:

Tropical Madagascar can be divided into the temperate, central highlands, the dry southwest and the east coast with its humid rainforest climate. There are two seasons: the hot and humid southern summer and the dry and warm southern winter, which lies between May and October. The average temperature in Madagascar is 28 degrees Celsius, although the value hardly changes over the year.

Best travel time:

The months of February, March, April as well as October and November offer consistently warm temperatures in the highlands. In between, tours to the coast are recommended, as the southern winter from May to October brings less precipitation and pleasant temperatures. West and South Madagascar are relatively dry year-round destinations. In the southern summer there is a risk of cyclones on the east coast. The highlands have very cold nights between June and August, which travelers should be prepared for.

 

North Africa Travel Guide

North Africa Travel Guide

Tunisia

Tunisia

According to Countryaah, there are 7 countries in Northern Africa.  Located in the north of Africa, Tunisia offers its visitors a multitude of sights and a great diversity of nature.

Climate:

While the north of Tunisia is still clearly characterized by the Mediterranean Mediterranean climate, the south is determined by a continental climate, which can turn into a desert climate. Summer often gets very hot in the steppe. The Atlas Mountains are located on the western border, here it can snow in winter. In winter it rains from October to April, more often in the north than in southern Tunisia.

Best travel time:

With pleasant, average temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees, the transition months in spring and autumn are particularly suitable for trips to Tunisia. Beach holidays on the Mediterranean can be planned throughout the summer from May to October; tours into the interior of Tunisia are not recommended due to the sometimes extremely high temperatures. Those who want to explore the Tunisian desert on a camel will find good opportunities to do so, especially in March and April, when the temperature is pleasant.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia impresses with its scenic and cultural diversity. According to Bridgat, Ethiopia borders Kenya, Eritrea, North and South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti. The cultural heritage of this country is immense and far from fully explored. New discoveries are made year after year and there is always the possibility that history will have to be rewritten a bit afterwards.

Climate:

Due to the altitude, the temperatures in tropical Ethiopia are comparatively moderately warm with an average annual temperature of 27 degrees Celsius in the north and east and 22 degrees in the interior. There are hardly any temperature changes over the course of the year, but the climate is defined by the alternation of rainy and dry seasons. The humid period between June and September brings rain with the southeast trade wind to the northern highlands of Ethiopia.

Best travel time:

October to May are considered to be the optimal travel months for Ethiopia, with November, December and January being the sunniest and continuously dry with pleasant temperatures.

Mauritania

Mauritania

Mauritania is a country with a particularly fascinating landscape that is almost three times the size of the Federal Republic. But it only has about 4 million inhabitants. Except for a narrow strip in the southeast, the country consists exclusively of deserts and desert-like landscapes. The sheer endless expanses of the Sahara are a must for every desert fan.

Climate
Mauritania has a predominantly desert climate. But without the strong temperature differences that are common in the Central Sahara. The dry climate makes the temperatures bearable. Although the rainy season is in summer, short showers in winter cannot be completely ruled out. Wind (from the Atlantic) must be expected all year round.

Best travel time
In the cooler months of October to March.

Algeria

Algeria

Algeria, with the capital Algiers, is located in the north of Africa and is 2.38 mil. Km² the second largest country on the continent. It is bordered by Mali to the southwest, Niger to the southeast, Libya and Tunisia to the east, the Mediterranean to the north, and Morocco and Mauritania to the west. Algiers was already an important port city in ancient times and thanks to the dry desert climate many impressive buildings have been preserved. As a former French colony, Algeria has been independent since 1962.

Climate:

Algeria, as the middle of the Maghreb countries, lies in North Africa. The relatively large country can generally be divided into two climatic zones. There is a Mediterranean climate on the coastal areas on the Mediterranean Sea and in the mountains. The rest of the country is more or less dominated by the desert climate of the Sahara.

Best travel time:

The coastal area is suitable for traveling almost all year round due to the moderate Mediterranean climate. The temperatures here are ideal, especially from May to October. For the Sahara region, on the other hand, we recommend traveling between November and April. At night, however – as is typical for the desert climate – you have to reckon with sensitive temperature drops.

Sudan

Sudan

Located in Northeast Africa, Sudan is the third largest country in Africa and geographically belongs to North Africa as well as East and Central Africa. It is located on the Red Sea and borders Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Part of the state of Sudan is part of the “Greater Sudan Landscape”. This marks the transition between the dry zone and the savannah. The north equatorial threshold runs through Sudan. Sudan also has shares in the Nubian Desert, the Sahel zone and the Nile. This diversity paired with a fascinating culture makes Sudan an extremely attractive and interesting country. According to AllCityPopulation, the capital of Sudan is Khartoum with a population of 5,274,321.

Climate:

Sudan is divided into the drier, subtropical north and the humid, tropical south. Accordingly, there are extensive deserts in North Sudan, in which summer maximum temperatures of 50 ° C are reached and no precipitation has been recorded for many years in a row. The desert climate sometimes causes very strong temperature fluctuations between day and night. The temperature differences are smaller on the north-east coast to the Red Sea. Sandstorms occur during the transition months in spring and autumn.

Best travel time:

Different travel times can be recommended regionally in Sudan. For the north, the months between September and April are considered optimal, as the local temperatures are then bearable. On the other hand, it is warm all year round on the coast of the Red Sea, the water temperature is always above 25 ° C.

Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is a country with a fascinating landscape and culture. Located in north-west Africa, it offers its visitors a multitude of sights and a great variety of nature. The cultural heritage of this country is immense and far from being fully explored. You can find more information on the portal www.Marokko.de.

Climate:

The Moroccan northwest coast is determined by the Mediterranean climate. A hot, dry summer with an average of 27 ° C and a rainy winter alternate here. In the interior of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains adjoin, whose continental climate leads to summer temperatures of up to 45 ° C. In winter, however, the values ​​drop below zero at high altitudes, so that snow falls. The south of Morocco is characterized by a desert climate, here it is very dry all year round.

Best travel time:

For trips to the western and northern coastal regions, the period from May to October is recommended. The air temperatures on the Atlantic coast are pleasant, but in southern and eastern Morocco it is then too hot. Accordingly, tours inland are recommended during the months of March, April, May and October and November. Round trips through the country should be planned for the transition months of April and May or October and November.

Central Africa Travel Guide

Central Africa Travel Guide

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

According to Countryaah, there are 9 countries in Central Africa. Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of them. The DR Congo has lush nature, an exciting history and a very hospitable population! The country was originally home to several kingdoms and one of the largest African states. The Kingdom of the Congo, founded in the 14th century, stood out in particular. After a checkered history, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) – until 1960 the Belgian Congo, from 1971 to 1997 Zaïre – today is the third largest state in Africa and covers an area of ​​2,345,411 square kilometers, making it 6.6 times the size of Germany. The DR Congo should not be confused with the western Republic of the Congo, the former French Congo. Tropical rainforest covers two thirds of the republic. In addition to dense forests and savannahs, many primeval forest rivers shape the landscape. The largest remaining rainforest areas in Africa are home to innumerable animal and plant species; There are said to be 1,600 different species of butterflies in the DR Congo alone – more than in any other country in the world. Primates in particular have an immense attraction on travelers: in the DR Congo, bonobos can be seen as well as the eastern lowland gorillas.

Climate:

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has an equatorial climate with year-round rain and a fairly constant temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius in the central part of the country. In the north and south, a rainy and dry season alternate with a moderate climate.

Best travel time:

Depending on the region, the period from December to February is suitable for a trip to the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whereas the months between April and October are favorable for the south. In general, the rainy season should be avoided due to the high humidity and heavy rainfall.

Republic of the Congo

Republic of the Congo

According to Bridgat, the Republic of the Congo is located in central Africa. Until 1960, when the French Congo was a colony of France, it should not be confused with the southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the former Belgian Congo and Zaïre. There was already slave trade in the Congo estuary in the 17th and 18th centuries, and French proselytizing began in 1766. From 1875, Pierre Brazza began exploring the country. This was followed by the establishment of a military post in the Congo, from which the city of Brazzaville emerged. The Republic of the Congo is one of the more exotic travel destinations in the tourism industry. Tourist highlights are undoubtedly the rare lowland gorillas and extremely shy forest elephants living in the north-west in the rainforest.

Climate:

The African country has high temperatures and high humidity all year round. The dry season between June and September is followed by a humid rainy season with sometimes strong tropical thunderstorms. The average annual temperature is between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius, with the thermometer rising to over 30 degrees during the day. The Atlantic moderates both the amount of rain and the humidity on the west coast of the Republic of the Congo. In the inland rainforest, it is correspondingly more humid.

Best travel time:

The warm and humid tropical climate can put a heavy strain on European tourists, which is why the dry season between June and September is recommended for trips when the temperatures and humidity have dropped somewhat. In December and January it is still cheap to travel to the north of the Congo. The humid rainy season is not advisable.

Gabon

Gabon

Gabon is a country of incredible natural beauty. More than 70 percent of Gabon’s area is covered by tropical rainforest. Because of the difficult climatic conditions there are hardly any roads and a thin settlement (4-6 Ew./qKm), which is mainly concentrated in cities. The population is 1.2 million people, as a result of which there is little settlement pressure on nature. The statistics speak for themselves: 64,000 elephants, 25,000 gorillas, 35,000 chimpanzees, 680 bird species, 2,000 to 3,000 humpback whales and 320 types of orchids are native to the forests of Gabon. Here you can find quite rare zoological species such as lowland gorillas, mandrills, forest elephants, bongo antelopes and spotted rockhoppers. Gabon’s landscapes range from savannah and coast to dense tropical rainforest; Visitors to this country are constantly discovering new natural beauties. About 10% of the land area of ​​Gabon has been placed under protection by the government. 13 national parks have been opened since 2002. The best known are the Reserve de la Lopé, but also the Ivindo National Park or the Loango National Park, where there are unique opportunities to experience Gabon’s fauna.

Climate:

The African country Gabon has a tropical climate, which causes high temperatures all year round. At night, temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius, and during the day an average of 26 degrees is reached in the coastal region. There is also an extremely high humidity of up to 98%. The course of the year is determined by a longer rainy season between mid-January to mid-May, followed by a dry period up to around September, before a few more rainy months follow.

Best travel time:

For a tour to Gabon you should use the dry periods between June and September and the two months of December and January. During this period animal observations are possible, and the trade winds lower the humidity a little. At the turn of the year turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs. Whales can be seen off the coast from July to September.

Chad

Chad

Chad is probably the least known country in Central Africa – mainly because of its extremely fragile security situation. Chad, which is more than three times the size of Germany, has unique natural beauties: In the bizarre desert landscapes of the Ennedi Plateau, a labyrinthine world of sandstone formations, there are ancient inscriptions and rock art. In the north of the country, the largest groundwater lakes in the Sahara are located in the middle of dune areas and pyramid-shaped table mountains – and the highest mountain range in the Sahara, the Tibesti, with the more than 3,000-meter-high Emi Koussi. The Zakouma National Park southeast of the capital N’Djamena is one of the best places in Central Africa to observe huge herds of elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, lions as well as numerous antelope species, primates and birds.

Climate:

In the north of Chad there is a dry desert climate, here is the Sahara desert. In May, peak temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees Celsius are reached here, and the nights are often much cooler than the days. A rainy season runs between June and September in the so-called Sahel zone (the center of the country). The south of the country is characterized by a humid, humid and hot tropical climate with a rainy period between May and October.

Best travel time:

The drier winter months of November, December, January and February are given as the optimal travel period for Chad because the temperatures are then lower. In the rainy season, many paths can no longer be reached and the humidity rises uncomfortably high. The extremely hot spring and summer months are also unfavorable for traveling.

 

West Africa Travel Guide

West Africa Travel Guide

Togo

Togo

According to Countryaah, Togo is a country with a fascinating landscape and culture located on the west coast of Africa. It offers its visitors a multitude of sights and a great diversity of nature. The markets for traditional medicine and fetishes are well known. The country’s beaches invite you to relax, with a little luck you can watch Togo’s last wild animals in the national parks.

Climate:

Togo is characterized by a humid tropical climate. The average temperature in the north with less precipitation is 30 degrees Celsius, slightly higher than on the south coast to the Atlantic (27 degrees). The rainy and dry seasons are slightly offset in north and south Togo: the dry season in the north runs between November and April, the south is characterized by two rainy and two dry seasons, with the dry periods between mid-July and mid-September and between December and March pass.

Best travel time:

The north of the country offers bearable temperatures and falling humidity between November and mid-February after the rainy season. The south of Togo is recommended for tourists between December and March (long dry season) and between mid-July and mid-September (short dry season). The period from April to October is unfavorable when the rainy season causes humid heat and floods in the country.

Gambia

Gambia

The Gambia is a country with a fascinating landscape and culture. Located on the west coast of Africa, the approximately 740 km long border follows the course of the Gambia River over a length of 480 km and a width of 10 to 50 km. Apart from the coast, the Gambia is enclosed by Senegal, which is twenty times larger. The unusual borderline of the Gambia results from the fact that in colonial times this was the range of the cannons of British ships on the navigable part of the river.

Climate:

In Gambia, a dry and rainy season alternate under a warm tropical climate. While the temperatures on the coast are mostly bearable, in spring in the interior of the country they can reach 43 degrees Celsius per day. The rainy season prevails between June and November, in the dry months the Harmattan causes a little lower humidity.

Best travel time:

The dry period between November and May is perceived as particularly favorable when the thermometer no longer exceeds 30 degrees and the humidity drops. In the months between November and February migratory birds can be observed, which stay in Gambia over the winter. There are also many tourists in the country during the same period. October and November are recommended for a beach holiday on the Atlantic, the water is warm and the beaches are not overcrowded. Summer is not recommended due to the rainy season and its humid heat.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

According to Bridgat, Cape Verde is a country located in West Africa. The archipelago of the Republic of Cape Verde consists of 15 islands and further small islets, nine of which are inhabited. Located in the central Atlantic off the west coast of Africa, a distinction is made between islands above the wind and islands below the wind. The latter include Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava as well as the uninhabited group of islands of the Ilheus do Rombo. The islands over the wind are Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Sal Boa Vista and the uninhabited islands of Santa Luzia, Branco and Raso.

Best travel time:

The islands can be visited all year round, but the months November to June are very pleasant as it is not so humid during this time. In the further hotter months, the sea breeze always provides a little cooling, so that this weather is also quite pleasant for a vacation.

Senegal

Senegal

The scenic and culturally fascinating Senegal is located on the west coast of Africa. The small state of Gambia is completely enclosed in the interior, while Senegal borders Mauritania in the north, Mali in the east and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in the south. The landscape of Senegal is noticeably flat and most of the country is below 100 m above sea level. A depression that slopes gently towards the Atlantic coast covers around 80 percent of the country, the only exceptions are the Fouta-Djalon foothills in the southwest and the Bambouk mountains in the Falémé river basin on the Malian border. In the north, south of the Senegal basin, lies the dry Sahel plain Fouta Ferlo with rather sparse vegetation.

Climate:

The north of the country is subject to the dry and hot northeast trade wind, which causes the desert climate there. Maximum values ​​of over 30 degrees Celsius in summer are not uncommon, in winter the temperatures then drop to around 25 degrees. The rainy season runs in the north between July and October. The tropical south of the country is subject to the warm, humid monsoon winds during the rainy season between April and November, with temperatures of up to 40 degrees and a humidity of up to 95%. On the western Atlantic coast the temperatures are somewhat more moderate, while extreme values ​​of over 50 degrees can be reached on the eastern border with Mali.

Best travel time:

The optimal travel time for Senegal is the period between November and May. During the sunny dry season, divers have a clear view in the water, and migratory birds can also be observed. In the interior of Senegal, however, it will be too hot. Traveling to Senegal during the rainy season is not recommended due to the extreme humidity, especially in the south, and the abundant rainfall.

Ghana

Ghana

Ghana is a scenically and culturally fascinating country, located on the west coast of Africa. Since the publication of the new constitution in 1992 by the Rawlings government, the country has been on a growth path, characterized by political stability and democratic elections. In contrast to its two neighbors, Ivory Coast and Togo, the country and its structures have since become more stable and the World Bank and the IMF believe that the country can still achieve strong economic growth if raw material prices continue to rise. Political stability and the investments that go with it have created a tourist infrastructure in recent years that makes travel throughout the country possible. According to AllCityPopulation, the biggest city of Ghana is Accra with a population of 1.594 million.

Climate:

Compared to the north of the country, southern Ghana is a little more humid. The whole country is characterized by a tropical climate with dry and rainy seasons. On the coast, the average annual temperatures of around 27 degrees Celsius are somewhat lower than in northern Ghana. Two rainy seasons in the period from April to June and in the months of September and October characterize the south with high humidity of up to 90%. The north of the country only has one rainy season, which is between April and October. Then the thermometer rises up to 42 degrees. The dry season is caused by the dry, hot trade wind Harmattan from the Sahara.

Best travel time:

The dry season between November and March is recommended for a trip to Ghana. During this period, the water temperature in the Atlantic is ideal for swimming, and the humidity is slightly lower than in the other humid and rainy months. The temperatures in August, which lies between two rainy seasons, are also still bearable.