Africa’s Amazing Safari’s

As a child, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to experience the magic and mystery of Africa with my parents. I was enchanted by the wildlife, the natural beauty and the raw difference of life on a continent far removed from my childhood in the States. There are few days that pass that I don’t think about the trip, and the effect it has had on my every day life.

The Masai Mara Game reserve is easily one of the most beautiful and unique locations on earth. Sprawling across over two hundred square miles of African plain between Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania, this unique landscape offers visitors the chance to experience Africa at its wildest, and most natural. Surrounded by nothing but open space, visitors can tour by van the vast expanses of plains, having close encounters with all of the wildlife that Africa is known for – lions, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeests, zebras and so much more. With surrounding areas offering unique safaris after dark, or walks around the edges of these majestic plains, there is no other experience like it. Whether driving the plains with a native guide, or flying over in a hot air balloon the breathtaking landscape is beyond compare, and even beyond belief.

Luxury accommodations are available for unique adventures that nothing else can compare to. For an average of between three hundred ( The Govenors Camp and the Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp) to five hundred (Govenors IL Moran Camp, Govenors Private Camp and the Little Govenors Camp) USD per person per night, and well worth every penny, you can experience the big five African animals; the lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant up close in their natural habitat. These premier locations offer unparalleled luxury and adventure. In July, the world famous Wildebeest migration happens annually with millions of both Wildebeest and zebra migrating across the plains in search of water and food. Visitors can witness Africas predators in action as they take down these animals with simple raw power.

For more affordable options, the Masai Mara Serena Safari Lodge, located in the heart of the Masai Mara itself, offers rates for $125 per person per night and offers stunning views overlooking the plains below and the Mara River which is home to many of Africas wildest sunbathers, hippos and crocodiles.

The Masai Mara sits right in the heart of Masaai country, the Kenyan tribe which gives the reserve its name. This nomadic tribal people still lives the way they have for centuries and are entwined with this natural landscape. Fierce warriors and cattle herders, these people are among the most beautiful and simple Ive ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are friendly, inquisitive and kind and are more than willing to point out wildlife hot spots or give their handmade jewelry to visitors from all over the world

Kenya is a world apart from the norm – it feels like arriving on another planet. Surrounded by nature at its deadliest and most beautiful, its a sight that any adventurer or animal lover absolutely must experience in their lifetime.

Morocco’s Natural Wonders

Morocco is an ideal location for touring natural landmarks, with landscape ranging from desert to mountainside. Hiking, camel riding, and rock climbing are available to enjoy at one’s leisure, yet even the least athletic of people would appreciate this country’s rugged surroundings. With so much to do and see, there are plenty of natural attractions for the eye to behold: here are a few ways to make the most of your Morocco breaks.

Hiking the High Atlas

Take time to explore the High Atlas Mountains, which are a natural wonder to behold and stretch partway across the country. It’s quite the journey to Mount Toubkal, which is North Africa’s highest peak, so make sure you bring an experienced guide with you from Marrakech or from a smaller Berber settlement located along the valleys.

If Mount Toubkal seems too difficult, you can hike or camp through smaller peaks and enjoy the Berber villages that you come across. You should also take precautions and bring reinforcements such as food, water, and camping gear, as a journey is likely to take several days.

Camel Ride through the Sahara

People have travelled the Sahara Desert for millennia, wandering the dunes of the largest non-polar desert in the world. If you have never been on a camel before, then the Sahara Desert will offer you an unforgettable experience: you can rent a camel from Marrakech or a smaller Berber village. Also in this case, it is strongly recommended you hire the help of a local who can navigate the Sahara and load your luggage onto a camel. You can climb sand dunes, camp underneath a starry sky and, in the morning, bask in the breathtaking beauty of a rich Saharan sunrise.

Climb Todra Gorge

With dramatic walls that can reach a height of 300 meters at its tallest, little sunlight reaches the floor of Todra Gorge. If you care to brave the frigid night-time temperatures, especially in the wintertime, there are campsites that run along the length of this canyon. Otherwise, there are hotels and restaurants along the bottom, which don’t quite offer an all-natural experience, but allow one to wander at night in comfort.

In the daytime, hike along the route and reflect on the knowledge that this was once a river. It is best to begin in the morning, which is the only time of the day at which the sun will shine into the canyon. Later on, temperatures are likely to drop significantly.

Finally, you can also go rock climbing along the canyon walls: there are almost 400 different climbing routes available from a wide range of different climbing levels, with the Pilier du Couchant being one of the most difficult routes to navigate. Plage Mansour is recommended if you are a novice climber, especially because this route is likely to get more exposure to sunlight.

Whether you go hiking, climbing, or camping, Morocco offers many opportunities to take in the natural scenery and gaze in awe at the breathtaking beauty of its gorgeous landscapes.