At the beginning of 2011, I created my list of ‘Top Ten places I want to explore in Africa’ and it evolved into my list of top 20 places to visit in sub-saharan Africa. It includes the best safari destinations, world heritage sites, and the best beach locations, but of course there’s heaps more to see on his vast continent than can be contained in this list. The challenge I set myself was to see how much of the list I could experience by 31 Dec 2011, and after my recent holiday I thought it would be a good time to revisit the list.
My list of top 20 places to visit in sub-saharan Africa (in no particular order) – reviewed October 2011
- Kenya – Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboselli, and East & West Tsavo National Parks [DONE] + Mara North Conservancy
- Botswana – Okavango Delta, [DONE] Chobe National Park
- Namibia – Skeleton Coast, Namib desert, Etosha National Park
- Tanzania – Serengeti National Park and Ngorongo Crater [DONE]
- Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and mountain gorillas [DONE] See my Uganda’s mountain gorilla page!
- Tanzania – Zanzibar [DONE TWICE]
- South Africa – Cape of Good Hope, Rodden Island, Table Mountain [DONE]
- Kenya – Lamu Island [DONE]
- Zambia and Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls [DONE]
- Ghana – Kakum National Park and Cape Coast fort [DONE] See my Ghana page
- South Africa – Krueger National Park [DONE]
- Senegal – Goree Island, St Louis Island [DONE]
- Tanzania – Mt Kiliminjaro [SEEN IT but never climbed it]
- Rwanda – Virguna mountains and the mountain gorillas [DONE]
- Zambia – South Luanga National Park [DONE]
- Kenya/Tanzania – the great migration [1/2 DONE] We were there but the wilderbeest didn’t cooperate.
- Gabon – national park
- Malawi – Lake Malawi
- Namibia – Fish River Canyon
So, where am I at with all this now? I guess that my last 2011 holiday will be to Ethiopia, so nothing more from the Top 20 list will be conquered this year, unless I change the list! In 2012 I might aim to get to Namibia and Malawi or Mozimbique, but that depends largely on what job opportunities emerge.
The remaining challenge is to document each place with photos and commentary. I have 10,000s of photos from all my travels and safaris; I just need bandwidth and time to post the best of them. The original purpose of the pages at the top of the blog was to write about these destinations and experiences. I have not achieved that and I’m a bit overwhelmed by the task because I would need to re-jig the blog and commit a load of time to it (but I will persist as it is a worthwhile project).
Africa is a brilliantly beautiful continent and yet also tragically difficult place to live in. I hope I’ll get to share my experiences and thoughts but I also love to hear from others who have travelled the same roads and enjoyed the same locations.