OUT OF AFRICA

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: SARAH BEN­NETT

Sa­faris and ad­ven­tures.

Africa is a con­ti­nent known for its nat­u­ral beauty and wildlife. It is home to var­i­ous species that are rarely found any­where else in the world. The African Sa­faris pro­vide you in­sight into the lives of these crea­tures by tak­ing you to the re­mote ar­eas. There lie var­i­ous in­sects, birds, an­i­mals that dwell and live here, of­fer­ing much for you to visit and at­tain knowl­edge about their habits and liv­ing conditions.

Mashatu Game Re­serve: North­ern Tuli Game Re­serve en­gulfs Mashatu. It is home to many ele­phants and leop­ards. It of­fers qual­ity sight­ings of few flag­ship an­i­mals. The main at­trac­tions of this re­serve are the ele­phants and the preda­tors. Other an­i­mals that can be seen in­clude leop­ards, lion, wild dog, chee­tah and spot­ted hyena. Var­i­ous an­te­lope species can also be found such as gi­raffe, wilde­beest, ze­bra, etc. Other things that ex­cite the ad­ven­tur­ers in­clude the scenery, bushes and birds. The scenery of this re­serve is ex­em­plary com­pris­ing of wilder­ness of sa­van­nah, wet­land and river­ine for­est. You will be ex­cited to spot the cliffs of sand­stone, dry riverbeds that are fre­quently vis­ited by herd of ele­phants. The Machatu trees are found along the river­side and pro­vide food and shel­ter to var­i­ous an­i­mals. Etoshia Na­tional Park: This largest na­tional park lies in the north of Namibia as it spreads over 5000 square kilo­me­ters. It of­fers a beau­ti­ful scenery as the area was once an an­cient in­land sea. This pro­vides holes of wa­ter for the var­i­ous species and crea­tures in the area. You will be able to spot var­i­ous un­usual and rare an­i­mals, mam­mals, rep­tiles, birds and threat­ened and en­dan­gered species like that of black rhi­noc­eros. The best time to go ad­ven­tur­ing at this na­tional park is from April to Oc­to­ber as the weather conditions are suit­able.

Serengeti Na­tional Park in Tan­za­nia: The na­tional park of Serengeti in Tan­za­nia is stretched over the area of 1.5 mil­lion hectares. The end­less plains, wildlife and an­nual mi­gra­tion of Great Wilde­beest are fa­mous here. The name of the na­tional park refers to the place where land runs for­ever, thus, ex­plain­ing the vast­ness of the plains. The area boasts of the old­est ecosys­tem on the planet. The lions and chee­tahs are very com­mon in Serengeti while you can spot the leop­ards near the Seronera River. The area around the river is fre­quently vis­ited by most of the an­i­mals for wa­ter. Hippo pods and croc­o­diles can be seen in the river bathing and squab­bling in the wa­ter to es­cape the heat.

Kruger Na­tional Park: If you are among those that wish to cam­paign in for­est or na­tional park and also ex­pe­ri­ence the best wildlife, Kruger Na­tional Park is a must visit for you. This great na­tional park is the largest and the old­est in South Africa as it spreads over 20,000 square kilo­me­ters. You will be able to spot var­i­ous iconic sa­fari species, 137 mam­mals and more than 500 dif­fer­ent types of birds. This park of­fers the best place to see leop­ards. With the aid of highly qual­i­fied guides, you will be able to cover vast span of area wit­ness­ing the wildlife and scenery. You can also en­joy ro­man­tic din­ners un­der a starry sky amongst the bushes or in Kruger lodges.

Moremi Game Re­serve in Botswana: Moremi Game Re­serve stretches over one-third of Oka­vanga Delta. The two large is­lands, namely Chiefs Is­land and Mopane Tongue lie on the west and the east of the re­serve re­spec­tively. The game re­serve won the ti­tle of “the best game re­serve in Africa” in 2008 by African Travel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion. An­other as­ton­ish­ing fact about this re­serve is that it is the first re­serve in Africa that was es­tab­lished by the lo­cal­i­ties. The re­serve star­tles the ad­ven­tur­ers with its unique land­scape as you can see river­ine forests, marsh­lands, wet­lands, and sa­van­nahs, palm trees, etc. All these nat­u­ral fea­tures are sure to leave you in awe.

South Luangwa Na­tional Park in Zam­bia: At the tail of Africa’s Great Rift Val­ley, in the east of Zam­bia, lies Luangwa Na­tional Park in the val­ley of Luangwa. There are very small num­bers of vis­i­tors in this na­tional park due to its re­mote lo­ca­tion. Thus, it of­fers an undis­turbed haven for the an­i­mals and other wildlife, pro­vid­ing a more thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence than the other re­serves of the con­ti­nent. You can know more about wildlife there and at­tain knowl­edge if you walk on foot. You are ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­pe­ri­enced guide and you choose to have a one-day trail or en­joy trekking for one long week. You will be able to wit­ness the best scenery, va­ri­ety and den­sity of an­i­mals such as im­pala, leop­ards, hip­pos, gi­raffes, pukus, wa­ter­bucks, buf­faloes and ele­phants in Luangwa Park.

Ma­hale Moun­tains Na­tional Park in Tan­za­nia:

Ma­hale is lo­cated in the west of Tan­za­nia on the shores of Lake Tan­ganyika. The place of­fers the best chim­panzee view­ing in Africa while pro­vid­ing home to more than 1700 chim­panzees in the re­gion. It is the only place in the world that pro­vides homage to both chim­panzees and lions to­gether. Ma­hale of­fers a beau­ti­ful scenery with mist cov­ered moun­tains, lakes, crystal clear wa­ters and white sands. You can visit the park in boat on lake and not on the foot as there are no roads or any other in­fra­struc­ture.

If you are a na­ture and wildlife lover, these top nat­u­ral habi­tats in Africa are a must visit for you. You can learn a lot more about an­i­mals, plants and ecosys­tem in these habi­tats of Africa.

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