With no shortage of unique experiences, Africa has made its way to the top of many travelers’ bucket lists, including the team at Jumbari Family Safaris. From following the footsteps of Dian Fossey to floating above the Great Migration at dawn, our team share their top Africa travel moments and what they look forward to ticking off their bucket list once travel restrictions are lifted.
‘One of my top travel experiences was flying into the Lower Zambezi on board a small charter flight. It was like entering a different world, a huge raw, untouched part of Southern Africa. We followed the line of the Zambezi River before landing at Jeki Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi National Park. In an instant, the wildlife I had seen and seen from above was there in abundance, herds of elephants, hippo and buffalo.
This time of not being able to travel has shown us that the desire to travel is embedded in us. To experience new cultures, wildlife, scenery, whatever it is, captures our imagination and implores us to seek out new experiences. Coupled with that, many will need a complete break following the COVID outbreak and having been compelled to stay at home will only increase that desire to visit dream destinations. Namibia is at the top of my travel bucket list – a straightforward drive from Cape Town. Namibia offers many stand out cultural, scenic and wildlife attractions, that both children and adults can enjoy.’
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‘You always need something to plan and look forward to! There is nothing better than spending quality time with your family in new destinations and ticking off once-in-a-lifetime experiences from your bucket list. For me, travel allows me to recharge my batteries and return home inspired.
After being cooped up indoors, I am eager to get outside and reconnect with nature. I will be traveling to the Drakensberg in South Africa – the ultimate destination for mountain biking, horse riding and hiking. My top travel bucket list item is gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. I would love to stay at Wilderness Bisate Lodge, an eco-friendly lodge that supports local communities and wildlife conservation in Rwanda.’
‘Travel gives us a unique opportunity to connect with ourselves, our environment, and others. It helps us grow, and expands our knowledge of the world. While the current crisis works to divide us, travel will bring us back together. Which is just the kind of experience we need to unite.
One of my stand out Africa travel experiences is visiting the magical Okavango Delta in Botswana. Experiencing its beauty first-hand from the sky, and from the perspective of a traditional mokoro as it weaves its way throughout the ever-changing water channels is just incredible.
I would love to stay at Virgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri to experience the great wildebeest migration first-hand. It is one of nature’s greatest spectacles and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. ‘
‘In September 2019 I traveled to Thanda Safari Lodge in KwaZulu Natal. I have a very clear memory of being transferred from the main gate to the lodge and catching my first wildlife sighting – a herd of giraffe galloping alongside our game vehicle with the sun shining across the hills of Zululand. This was a real “Out of Africa” moment for me and I get goosebumps just thinking about it!
With the reopening of domestic travel, I am very excited to start exploring safari lodges in and around the Western Cape. I would love to visit Samara Private Game Reserve as well as Kwandwe’s brand new tented camp, Galpin Tented Camp which are both a road trip away from Cape Town.
The global travel restrictions reignited my love for travel rather than invoking fear of travel as a result of COVID-19. If anything, it has given me a newfound appreciation for having had the freedom to travel as we pleased in the past. Although the pandemic has also put a strain on many industries and individuals financially, the beauty of travel is that you can do it on any budget!’
‘I am an animal lover, so witnessing a leopard cub obediently waiting for his mom from the safety of a tree during my stay at Ukumbe was something I will never forget.
As soon as the travel restrictions are lifted I would love to visit Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa. Located in the Northern Cape, Tswalu Kalahari is a world-class conservation initiative and invites guests to get involved in conservation work during their stay.’
Find out more about Sustainable Safaris at Tswalu Kalahari here.
‘I traveled to Zanzibar in 2017 for the tropical beaches and pristine water, but its rich culture and history is what stole my heart. Wandering through the winding alleyways of Stone Town, dotted with ornate wooden doors, markets filled with fragrant spices and dusty storefronts glittering with trinkets is something that I will never forget.
Next up, I would love to experience a safari in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Said to be the ultimate wildlife destination, my dream is to see the Great Migration from the sky on a hot air balloon safari – two bucket list ticks in one.’
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