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These Are The First 5 Places In Africa You Must Visit When Travel Resumes
Humans may have been staying inside for months, but Mother Nature is out here thriving. Wildlife and nature are recovering from years of being affected by pollution, making destinations more beautiful than ever before.
Although international travel is still not allowed, travel companies are suggesting travelers plan for future trips now.
Lee Kelsall, Africa expert and CEO of luxury travel company Ker & Downey Africa, tells Forbes, “The tourism industry is working together to encourage travelers to keep planning their future travels. This will greatly impact whether lodges can keep staff employed and continue their conservation projects.”
Kelsall also shared the destinations in Africa that travelers should experience first when travel bans are lifted.
1. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The floodplains of the Okavango Delta had a very dry year in 2019, but have returned and is reviving Botswana’s wilderness.
Travelers can explore the waterways on a mokoro (traditional canoe) while experiencing wildlife.
There are many lodges to choose from that focus on preserving the ecosystem.
2. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Kelsall shares that the Ker & Downey Africa team has noticed an incredible increase of wildlife in the Serengeti since tourism has come to an abrupt stop.
Visit the Serengeti to spot prides of lions, wildebeest and luxury lodges.
3. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
When in Rwanda, going gorilla trekking is a must, and doing so in Volcanoes National Park is a great option.
According to Kelsall, “Conservation funding has seen a dramatic decrease during the global lockdown and so reactivating tourism to these remote corners of Africa will play a large part in contributing to the continued protection of their endangered wildlife species going forward.”
Traveling to Volcanoes National Park will be a great way to learn about Rwanda’s rainforest as well as helping to preserve Gorilla’s lives.
4. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is more beautiful than ever before. In recent years, the falls had dried up, but since COVID-19, there have been reports of the Zambezi River’s water levels rising.
The falls are located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia and is absolutely breathtaking.
5. The Namib Desert, Namibia
If you want to get away from the heaviness of the world, head to Namibia, the ideal escape from reality. The Namib Desert is estimated to be around 55 million years old, making it the oldest desert in the world.
According to Kelsall, “Namibia’s isolated luxury lodges, vast landscapes, and natural beauty offer the perfect escape after being cooped up indoors.”