Choosing an Itinerary
For many first time travelers, Africa can prove a little intimidating. Even seasoned travelers are often thrown by the frustrating public transportation, lack of infrastructure, and often poor quality yet overpriced hotels. Many visitors choose to head to Africa as part of an overland tour.
African Volunteer Adventures offers packaged trips that are targeted at a backpacker crowd. This is far from necessary however if you're looking for and adventure and have a good amount flexibility built into your schedule. Choosing the right region can also be very important as there are many regional differences within this vast continent.
East Africa: Many visitors to Africa head straight to the Eastern part of the country. It's easy to find an international flight into Kampala- Uganda. From there you can enjoy a safari in Masai Mara or head south into Tanzania to Mount Kilimanjaro. Rwanda is known as a friendly and welcoming country and it's a great place to linger for a while before heading on into other parts of Africa.
West Africa: West Africa is a challenging place to travel independently, but it's also very rewarding. Mali is one of the region's most diverse countries and it has a lot to offer visitors. Senegal has beautiful coastline and interesting villages, Burkina Faso is known for its friendly people, and Ghana is a great place to begin or end your African odyssey, as it's a more relaxed and comfortable country than others in West Africa.
Southern Africa: South Africa is a hub of international flights and makes for an easy entry point. While you're around the southern tip of this great continent you can explore South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, all of which are quite fascinating and unique countries. The transportation in some areas is surprisingly good, but for remote destinations you may be better off hiring a private car and driver. This will cut down on some of the hassle and allow you to see a little more.
Planning Your Travel Expenses
A trip to Africa is on the top of many people's wish list. The continent itself is actually quite diverse, and it's important to understand what you want from your trip before you zero in on a final destination. It's also important to consider your budget, and how long you plan on traveling before you begin planning the specifics of your trip.
Activities and Highlights
Safaris: The most popular reason for visiting Africa is to do a safari. Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa are among the most popular countries to see wildlife. Kenya's Masai Mara National Park is perhaps the most affordable option, but depending on the season, you may be better off visiting the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Animals migrate, and while you do want to save a few bucks, don't do so at the risk of missing what you came for. While these are the most popular countries for safaris, there are other excellent options in countries that are a little more off the beaten track.
Tribal Experiences: Many people travel to Africa for the culture. Life continues in some areas virtually untouched by modern technology.
Take a journey into the "Gods must be crazy" movie. The Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania is the last true nomades of Africa. African Volunteer Adventures can take you on an amazing adventure with the Hadzas. You will join the men as they hunt for their daily subsidence using traditional Bow and arrows, or join the women as they forage for fruits and berries. This is not a show or a "tourist put on". This is the real deal. A true African cultural experience, not for the faint of heart.
Beaches: Some African countries have world renowned beaches, and while this may not be the first image that pops in your mind when you think of your African holiday, it can be a great way to relax after an African adventure. Places like Zanzibar, Tanzania are known as backpacker havens, while Cape Town, South Africa appeals to a higher end crowd. There are some great places for diving in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, and there are some surprising beachfront resorts in many different countries with a coastline. Whether you're looking to relax in style and chill out on a hammock with a drink, there is a beach that is perfect for you in Africa.
Mountain Climbing: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is a lifelong goal for many people. It's a wonderful trek that requires a certain amount of preparation and patience, but the reward is worth it. Alternatively, you could look to some less known peaks in Africa such as Mount Muhabura, Uganda and Mount Kenya. These routes are equally as rewarding and in some cases a little less challenging.
Camel Treks: If you're looking for a truly exotic adventure, a camel trek will get you off the beaten track to see the landscape and the Bedouin culture. You'll sleep under more stars than you imagined possible and meet some of the most fascinating people. It's a truly unique experience, whether you choose to do it in Morocco or Egypt.