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Africa – the land of culture dressed in bright hues of the sun; where the swirly air smells of luscious grass, salty seawater and its heartbreaking history. There is so much left unexplored on this fascinating continent; so much that one can learn from – It’s exciting! If you are planning a trip to Africa, here are three countries that you must visit to make the most of your sojourn. Kavita Sarmah tells us why these three countries are the best way to start exploring Africa!

Pink skies, vast lands of ochre, greenish blues and specs of coral and lavender wildflowers – Africa is nothing less than art, made of vibrant pastel colours

Pink skies, vast lands of ochre, greenish blues and specs of coral and lavender wildflowers – Africa is nothing less than art, made of vibrant pastel colours

South Africa: Scenic Sunsets & A Melange Of Cultures

A soothing scatter of light at sunset in South Africa

A scattering of light paints the horizon and casts shadows on land during sunset in South Africa

South Africa is also called the ‘Rainbow Nation’ because of its rich, cultural diversity. Its pastel beaches, lush mountains and starry desert sky combine to create an astounding melange of natural art. This country has a wide variety of cosmopolitan cultures that balance its ethnic cultures. South Africa also gives visitors a chance to explore its untouched wildlife, soak in its surreal landscapes and gain an insight into its tempestuous history.

The country has the continent’s best safari destinations, and an amazing network of roads. You can drive or rent a coach with a guide, and dive into the wilderness at Kruger or Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park. Watching the wildlife here amid swaying trees and ever-changing skies, you will notice the little things – the chirp of a distant bird, the low hum of crickets in the bushes or even the rustle of a wandering giraffe. You can enjoy rock climbing in the ragged Cederberg, abseil from Cape Town’s Table Mountains and bungee jump from the Garden Route Bridge! For mellower activities, you can opt for a day walk in the semi-desert Karoo, do an overnight hike into the peaks of the Drakensberg and also, check out the colourful heart of the country – Johannesburg. End the trip with a beach camp near Skilkop Nature Reserve in Namakwa, amid old wheat fields covered in endless flowers, before you set out on your next adventure.

English is widely spoken throughout the country, making it easy to communicate. Local public transport is not recommended in most areas, but you can surely make use of a taxi service recommended by the hotel you are staying at. Also, remember to always carry a bottle of water along!

Kenya: The Air Of Possibilities & Nature’s Best Artwork

Wandering Elephants at Amboseli National Park, Kenya

At Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, you’ll spot elephants, with Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop

Kenya conjures up images of jungles painted in green, thrilling safaris and majestic elephants. This country’s magnificent landscapes will give you a taste of the massive herds of wildlife scattered through the savannahs, with magical snow-capped mountains within sight of dry desserts and fresh forests. This is also where you will come across its warm, traditional people who add their vibrant beliefs and hope to a normal life. Kenya is home to Red Elephants among other wildlife and naturally is big on conservation. There are many private and community conservancies, like the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which blend tourism with community development and wildlife conservation.

National Parks are a must here! Make sure to spend time at Amboseli National Park, with views of big-tusked elephants against the backdrop of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. Overlooking Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya is a small town that stands in utter contrast to the sombre shades surrounding it – Loiyangalani. Spend an afternoon here and create the sweetest memories in one of the country’s most exotic corners. You could also take a day to wander in the Lamu Archipelago. These islands have rustic stone towns, endearing local shops and delightful architecture, with a blanket of stars that twinkle bright in the clear night sky. When you want to take a break from all the adventure and just laze around, Kenya also has a coastline laced with scenic beaches.

Don’t forget to sample the Ugali, one of the famous local cuisines here. The country offers all your foodies a hearty, homely meal to keep your stomach full and your soul happy. Bonus tip: “Jambo” is a common greeting in Kenya, which means “Hello! How are you?” It’s a nice conversation starter, while you pick up on other phrases!

Tanzania: Enriching Moments & Endless Magnificence

An Acacia-laden landscape in Tanzania

The cool Acacia-laden landscape and the tropical breeze sets the tone for your holiday in Tanzania

The land of the Kilimanjaro, where slow and serene meets robust and vibrant – Tanzania is as magical as it sounds. The cooling trees and tropical breeze set the tone for the country. Here, with its peaceful islands, sleepy coastal villages and mesmerising beaches, Tanzania will make you fall in love with life.

You’ll find many National Parks here but there is so much more to explore! Take a trip to Zanzibar Town and join a spice tour in Tangawizi Spice Farm or visit the Peace Memorial Museum of local artefacts. You can choose to bask in the sun, surrounded by turquoise seawater, on the green islands of the Mafia archipelago, and take in its beautiful history. Take a boat at sunrise to Kilwa Kisiwani, a quiet fishing village, and memorise how breathtaking the sky looks in the moment. Don’t forget to strike up a conversation or two with Tanzania’s friendly locals, who form the essence of the country, for a more enriching experience.

Your time in Africa will rejuvenate your soul and change you in wonderful ways. Every once in a while, take a break from adventure, look around and notice all the little details around you. Take hundreds of photographs of yourself as you soak in the unforgettable vibrancy of this endearing continent. We hope and believe your journey here will be nothing less than extraordinary!

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Kavita Sarmah is an artist, optimist and a tea person. Life to her is writing in empty cafés, mindlessly strumming the ukulele, and starry, cinematic skies. Follow her on Instagram: @kavitasarmah

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Bucket load of unforgettable experiences, a wildlife that lures every traveller around the world, cuisine that gets your mouth watering and places to visit that blow your mind away; South Africa is one such amazing wonderland!
Join Divya Prasad on her journey through her pictures to see how she spent 9 days around Johannesburg to Durban.

 Dreams of hope, education and joy for every child fill up the Ntshuxeko primary school in Shalati Village, South Africa

Dreams of hope, education and joy for every child fill up the Ntshuxeko primary school in Shalati Village, South Africa

The Iktomi dream catcher; all ready for a journey to catch beautiful dreams!

The Iktomi dream catcher; all ready for a journey to catch beautiful dreams!

The Iktomi dream catcher finds its home at DukuDuku Creche Dukuduku creche and orphanage to bring hope and joy for every child, Zululand

The Iktomi dream catcher finds its home at DukuDuku Creche Dukuduku creche and orphanage to bring hope and joy for every child, Zululand

The man of the jungle - Derrick, finds a key to his dreams of football

The man of the jungle – Derrick, finds a key to his dreams of football

The African sunset paints an orangey sky, complementing the Acacia silhouettes to mesmerize the senses

The African sunset paints an orangey sky, complementing the Acacia silhouettes to mesmerize the senses

A Swazi tribal woman welcomes me into her world of Ikwani grassA Swazi tribal woman welcomes me into her world of Ikwani grass

Morning reflections with crocodiles at the Milawane wildlife Santuary, SwazilandMorning reflections with crocodiles at the Milawane wildlife Santuary, Swaziland

Waking up to the call of nature at Kruger National Park, South AfricaWaking up to the call of nature at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Chilling with Ostriches on a beautiful morning at Airport Game Lodge, JohannesburgChilling with Ostriches on a beautiful morning at Airport Game Lodge, Johannesburg

Divya's companion for my adventures across South AfricaMy companion for my adventures across South Africa

Streets full of art, crafted with love by AfricaStreets full of art, crafted with love by Africa

Catching the smiles and Duku Dukus (Heartbeats) of ZululandCatching the smiles and Duku Dukus (Heartbeats) of Zululand

An evening with the lazy and not-so-saintly hippos at St. LuciaAn evening with the lazy and not-so-saintly hippos at St. Lucia

When the Ostrich turns down selfiesWhen the Ostrich turns down selfies

Wild encounters on Safari at Kruger National Park, South AfricaWild encounters on Safari at Kruger National Park, South Africa

 My grandest company in the wild at Kruger Park, South AfricaMy grandest company in the wild at Kruger Park, South Africa

 Zulu dance moments by the beach in Durban, South AfricaZulu dance moments by the beach in Durban, South Africa

A Nelson Mandela bead sculpture embracing the World Cup in full glory at Durban, South Africa

A Nelson Mandela bead sculpture embracing the World Cup in full glory at Durban, South Africa

 A glimpse of the magical mountains of SwazilandA glimpse of the magical mountains of Swaziland

Swaying grasses tell a tale of the Ezulwini valley, SwazilandSwaying grasses tell a tale of the Ezulwini valley, Swaziland

South Africa practically bowls visitors over with its exotic wildlife, friendly faces and of course, natural splendour. There are hundreds of reasons to visit this great continent – dazzling Cape Town, savannah safaris and the vineyards of Stellenbosch, to name but a few, but once you’ve gotten yourself here, you’ll discover millions more.

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