Secret Safari Destinations for Discerning TravellersOctober 31, 2017
One of the greatest appeals about travelling to Africa is the possibility of experiencing a remote, untouched area of the planet.
Fortunately, Africa is a vast continent with an abundance of wild areas and natural beauty. There’s really no shortage of places to explore. However, with the likes of social media and online marketing, many destinations in Africa are quite well-known and popular with travelers, which can somewhat detract from the experience. While we all want to see Africa’s iconic wonders such as Victoria Falls and the Serengeti, if you’re looking for a truly authentic African experience, we recommend skirting the crowds and visiting the lesser-known gems of Africa.
Here are just a few destinations worth considering:
Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia
Home to Africa’s ‘other’ wildebeest migration, the almost uncharted area of Liuwa Plain is one of Africa’s oldest conservation areas. Characterised by expanses of flat, grassy flood plains, the Liuwa Plain National Park is home to one of the highest population densities of hyena in the world, as well as a stunning variety of birdlife, and many other iconic African animals. Despite this, it’s barely on the tourist radar due to its remote location and remains one of the wildest and most untouched places in Zambia.
© Will Burrard-Lucas
Mafia Island, Tanzania
Boasting attractions such as Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Stone Town, and the Serengeti, it’s no wonder that Tanzania is so high up on many travellers bucket lists. However, this doesn’t mean you have to rule the whole country out if you’re on the hunt for a more secluded experience. Located 130km off the coastline from Dar es Salaam, Mafia Island is a little piece of hidden paradise and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. The island’s protected coastline is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, and the dreamy white sand beaches are ideal for relaxing without the worry of being plagued by other travelers. For those wanting to experience something magical, Mafia Island also offers the opportunity to snorkel and swim with whale sharks.
© Steve De Neef / National Geographic
Aberdare National Park, Kenya
Located in Kenya’s Central Highlands, about 180km north from Nairobi, the Aberdare National Park offers a totally different safari experience to the country’s popular, open savannah parks. Aberdare combines two unusual landscapes: an open moorland plateau, and areas of dense rainforest, which creates an undeniably ethereal environment that is home to an abundance of interesting animals. In addition to the wildlife, the magnificent waterfalls within the park are the other major drawcards.
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