I haven’t been to all the seven continents nor do I have the desire to chase the goal of having to visit all seven. However, I do have an extreme desire to explore Africa. Africa has long been on the top of my bucket list, and I want to go on Safari while immersing myself in the culture.
I want to photograph Lions and Elephants in their natural habitat as well as trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro. I want to swim with sharks in Cape Town. These would all tantalizing experiences, but there’s so many more that I can’t wrap my head around it.
On my spare time, I spend countless hours researching and surfing the internet about Africa and where I should go first or which part of the continent I should focus on.
Africa is a Vast Continent
I wouldn’t even know where to begin. In the past, my travels can be summed up as serendipitous chaos. I wouldn’t even plan anything and just go buy a one-way ticket and let the chips fall where they may. It’s been an excellent way to discover the world, but it’s not without its downsides. I’ve missed a lot of photographic opportunities due to the lack of planning. In hindsight, I’ve learned a lot and can now apply these lessons to my future adventures. Like adventures in Africa.
Africa the Continent to Explore
Now that I’m a little older and wiser, I would tackle Africa with a plan unlike what I’ve done for South America, Europe, and Asia. I’ve never been privy to tours in the past. I was stubborn and didn’t care much for someone dictating my adventures. Having met various personalities throughout my travels, I’ve slowly warmed to the notion of doing tours.
Why not delegate the complicated planning and administrative stuff to the people who know the place and I focus on the fun and adventure? What a concept! My organizational skills and attention to detail leave little to be desired.
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With all that in mind.
The question is, which part of Africa should I tackle first?
To answer this question, I only have to browse through my Instagram feed and see what gets my attention. By overwhelming numbers, the place the appears most in my feed is, South Africa! Yes, I follow a lot of influencers who plaster their feeds with excellent photos of South Africa and it makes drool with envy as I picture myself being in their shoes.
South Africa – Adventure Awaits
The dazzling Cape Town and the fantastic Garden Route. The Savanah Safaris are waiting for me to test my telephoto lenses against Lions and Zebras. Hah! The entire continent’s flare is concentrated and be explored into a single package that is South Africa. This is the place I will check out first and foremost.
For adventures like these, I would trust all the planning to GAdventures South Africa Tours, they’re a tried, true, and highly rated tour company still operating today. Since my focus, for the most part, is photography, I would very likely go for the National Geographic Journeys package – I’m hoping to again, get one of my photos published by Nat Geo, it was such an Honor to have had one of mine published!
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If you’re in your thirties, I recommend you go for one of the 18-to-Thirty-Somethings GAdventures tour, catering to your age group. I’m a little past my thirties, but if my wife joins, I would be down to party with you guys. No worries, whichever tour you pick I’m sure you’ll have a blast, GAdventures is a world-class company, and you can’t go wrong with them.
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If you’re into wine like me, South Africa would be heaven. South Africa makes some of the world’s best vintages. The Cape Town Victoria Falls tour offered by GAdventures has a Stellenbosch wine tour as an option.
If you have a month to spare, the Highlights of South Africa tour should have you covered. It will take you around Cape Town via Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Wildlife sightings and amazing cultural experience are what awaits you on this journey.
All the famed National Parks down to dining with local families is also covered. Indeed, I am torn between this and the NatGeo Tour. All these things packed into 30 days would be epic!
I know I’m not there yet, but just the thought of it and talking about it gets the wanderlust juices flowing through my veins. I can’t wait until I’m telling you my own stories about my African Safari and the plethora of photos I’m going to plaster all over my website.
The skies the limit and best of all, I won’t have to deal with administration and planning. I’ll have GAdventure take care of that and make my travels a breeze. I’ll end up saving more money in the long run as GAdventures have worked out all the deals for me. It saves me from all the headaches associated with planning and research. I just want my cup full of coffee and adventures.
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