Aug 232017
 

Africa is a vast continent but most of it lies in the shadow of poverty, malnutrition, drought, lack of education and civil wars. From the famines of Ethiopia to the poaching of wild animals in Kenya, Africa has seen it all. Volunteering in Africa has been a major consideration of Non-profit organizations worldwide.

Different people have different reasons to opt for volunteer work and it can vary from the desire to learn new things about new cultures and societies to travel and gratification through social work and helping mankind. Some people are so devoted to the cause that they have spent their entire lifetime in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nairobi etc, while others do as much they can. Volunteering abroad and in continents like Africa, South America and Asia can be an enriching experience with a satisfaction or gratification that is almost incomparable.

There are different organizations requiring volunteers overseas and especially in Africa. Some of the organizations and projects involving volunteering in Africa are:

The Cheetah Recoil Program: This program is being organized at the Marsabit National Park, Kenya as a part of providing opportunities for volunteering in Africa. The Cheetah is the fastest animal on land but off late, due to extensive poaching, the population of Cheetah is almost near extinction. This Cheetah program has been designed specifically for volunteers who have an interest in wildlife conservation and are willing to travel overseas to Kenya. The requirement is for volunteers in groups of 20 who will work in a specific area along with some senior research co-coordinators, game wardens and scientists.

The Azafady Project: The project is being run by an U.K. charity organization and they need volunteering in Africa to effectively alleviate poverty, and at the same time improve and protect the unique and beautiful environment and wildlife. Their overseas volunteer program is two fold. One program is called the Pioneer Madagascar and it offers opportunity for volunteers to work at the grass-root level and create a system through which environmental degradation and poverty can be fought. The second project is called the Lemur Venture which is a lemur conservation project focused on protecting the already threatened population of lemur.

Global Service Corps (GSC): They are an organization who offers overseas volunteering opportunities and this includes projects in Tanzania, Africa. Their volunteering in Africa program involves participants to stay with Tanzanian people in their homes and learn about their life and culture. Volunteers share their own experiences and culture and through daily interaction educate the people of Tanzania. The project areas for volunteers include HIV/AIDS prevention, health, creating sustainable agriculture to prevent hunger, working with hospitals, farms, schools to impart information and create a social community.

There are many more organizations who offer opportunities to volunteers to visit Africa and make a difference. You can also take up volunteering in Africa and the benefits are:

1. You will be able to give something back. There are many people who feel the need to give back to the society and are passionate about their cause. If you are such a person then volunteering in Africa programs can provide you with a great opportunity to pursue such a cause.

2. If you are looking for a unique opportunity: There are many projects focusing on people, poverty, social issues, disease or health etc., but there are not as many projects on wildlife and ecosystem conservation. If you are interested in a wildlife conservation project and want to become a volunteer and pursue a related program, then it will be a unique opportunity that will ultimately provide satisfaction.

3. If you are looking for experience: There are many people who take part in overseas volunteering projects to gather experience required for their career goals or to start their own non profit organization. Either way, volunteering in Africa will provide the necessary experience and much more.

Synopsis
Volunteering in Africa can provide a unique set of opportunities that will be a life changing experience, culturally, educationally, and from a professional standpoint

Seomul Evans is a SEO Consultant for Global Crossroad, a leading Volunteer in Africa placement service

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Jul 212017
 

A holiday trip to South Africa would be anyone’s dream come true considering the popularity of the country as one of the most sought after countries. There are many travellers who keep coming back to the country and discover new things about the place during every visit. After all, South Africa has so much to offer in terms of beaches, safaris, nature and of course partying.

All trips to South Africa should be well planned otherwise the place has so much to offer that a visitor will be easily distracted and confused. Your itinerary should be reflective of what you want to see rather than what others have advised you to.

There are a number of websites on South Africa tours that will help you zero in on your options in the country. The websites are packed with information on South Africa and what are the things that you can see and do while in the country. However, your travel itinerary should be prepared keeping in mind your likes so study all your options before you start the vacation.

It is important to chalk down all the things that you wish to do and accordingly make your preparations for the same. The first and foremost thing should be to get yourself acquainted with the country and all that it has to offer so that you can make your choices. Once you have decided on the places that you want to visit and the activities that you wish to do in the country, you can go about planning your trip to South Africa.

While planning your trip ensure that your physical and mental health permits you to do certain adventure based activities in South Africa. Most of these adventure activities like parasailing, paragliding, para-jumping require you to be physically strong and healthy before you can attempt these.

Also, check your options in terms of food especially if you are a vegetarian. Check with your hotel whether they serve your preferred dishes otherwise do an internet search to find out the restaurants in South Africa that cater to your taste. You don’t want to end up being hungry and cranky on your dream vacation.

You can check the internet for the travel company that you would like to do your tours with. It’s not a good idea to roam in a foreign country unaccompanied because you would miss out on plenty of hot spots. Besides, your guide can offer you deep and additional knowledge of a lot of places that may not even be available on the net or in tourist guide books.

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Jul 242017
 

Africa is a continent of adventure where the variety of flora and fauna, weather and climes, distinct geographical regions such as deep tropical forests and desserts, mountains and plains, rich tribal cultures that have been existing from the dawn of civilization and modern city life akin to the developed west lie next to each other. No wonder adventure travel in Africa is in great demand amongst tourists from all over the world.

The Geographical variation of the region with low lands and mountains, plateaus and lakes makes Malawi a wonder place to travel. The country is small and poor yet being located on the shores of the mighty lake and with the great rift valley running through the middle makes options such as Malawi self drive safari and others truly tempting and attractive for the traveler looking for Adventure Travel in Africa.

Since the country is small and elongated, there are three distinct regions; North, Central and South. All the three regions have great geographical diversity. Hence Malawi self drive safari tours can be taken to combine elements of landscape, wildlife, lake and culture can be undertaken in each of these regions. Such a combination would give a completely different experience in each of the three regions.

Although the economy of Malawi is largely based on agriculture, a lot of emphasis is being given to tourism. In such a small country as Malawi there are more than 70 airports. Roads are being built and other infrastructure developed to make western travelers feel comfortable. Since the country is small; only 900 kms long and with widths that are varying but never more than 300 kms. This makes it possible for an avid traveler to opt for a Malawi self drive safari and experience the whole country in not a very long period of time. The experience would be still very interesting and just as exciting as most adventure travel in Africa.

Support for taking an enjoyable but safe Malawi safe drive safari across the whole country is given by different government agencies and travel and tourism companies. Large and strong Utility vehicles can be hired, maps and guides are also available; camping sites have been developed and medical aid, repair and maintenance of vehicles is found all over the country. Since English is the official language, it is not difficult for a westerner to get around. Malawi offers the best of Adventure travel in Africa in a short span of time and in a considerable shorter distance in terms of travel. Take your family on a Malawi self drive safari to show them the warm heart of Africa.

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Jul 312017
 

Make sure to visit Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route if you ever feel like going to South Africa. With perfect weather and miles of white sandy beaches you would most likely never want to leave again. Sun seekers from all over the world visit this “Jewel of the Garden Route” time and time again

One of the best tourist attractions in the Garden Route is Whale Watching. You can see these beautiful mammals only a few feet away while strolling on the beach. Every year the whales visit the Garden route bays to come and calve and raise the young ones before the leave again.

Standing on one of the most southern tips of Africa the Robberg Nature Reserve will let you experience Africa at its best. In the Robberg Nature reserve there is also an island where you can watch as huge waves splash against the enormous rock formations leaving behind just pools of white foam.

The popularity of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape makes accommodation during high season almost unavailable. If you do plan on visiting during the December holidays, make sure to book well in advance. . Visitors from across South Africa as well as foreign countries pour down to the Garden Route during this time.

Whether you are looking for a self catering accommodation unit, a guest house or a private beach home, Plett has it all. Many locals use the high season time to flee from the crowds and let their properties to holiday makers. Most Estate Agents in Plettenberg Bay are also doing holiday rentals

The thing that still amazes me every morning when I wake up is the beautiful red skies accompanying the sunrise. It is completely as if God is painting a new sky every morning. Make sure you carry a camera because you would like to hold that memory as long as possible.

I always think that if you close your eyes while standing in the indigenous forests you can still hear the elephants that once roamed here. You will be expecting a fairy to jump out from behind a tree. Take a deep breath and you can smell the freshness of the ferns and the fynbos.

Christo Fouche is the author and creator of the Accommodation Website, Information Desk, which offers details about Western Cape Accommodation as well as Accommodation Garden Route
Aug 022017
 

Trips to South Africa can truly be the defining trip of a lifetime with sun, sand and surf, South Africa has everything anybody could ever ask for on a vacation. The pristine beaches of Cape Town with views second to none should be on every itinerary on tours to South Africa. Cape Town does however have more than just beautiful beaches. A historically important port, the town boasts of museums that have slivers of the long history of South Africa. Wine and dining options are varied and satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. A wild nightlife sometimes becomes the focal point of Cape Town. Quieter nights spent on moonlit beaches can spark something special in those who experience the magic of Cape Town.

Apart from Cape Town, South Africa tours often include Durban beachfront, Robben Island and the Wild Coast. Tours to South Africa embarked on through various travel agents and guides are often customized to suit preferences and tastes. Contrary to popular belief, South Africa has more than wildlife and natural reserves and parks that make tours to South Africa worthwhile. The Wild Coast is akin to being a cast away in a controlled situation. Deserted miles of beaches and trails and treks through the natural growth around the beaches make for a vacation where one can explore the coastline of South Africa. The unspoiled coastline offers views and the experience of truly having an entire beach to oneself that is hard to come by anywhere else on planet earth.

If the history of South Africa is enticing, then a visit to Robben island should be a part of the itinerary of South Africa tours. The island is historically important because of Nelson Mandela and his silent rebellion. The island was a prison that Nelson Mandela transformed into a symbol of freedom and the overthrow of oppression. The sheer triumph of the human spirit in the face of a stranglehold on freedom is personified in the island and the walls of the prison.

Trips to South Africa can only be incomplete without a visit to the sun’s residence, Durban. South Africa’s “Sunshine city” can turn South Africa tours into vacations that are truly unforgettable. The beautiful miles of beach offer something for everyone in a family. With marina parks, national parks and nightlife for the wild parties, trips to South Africa can make peace with every member of every family. Answering the call to bond with family then becomes a simple matter of taking the South African vacation.

Aug 052017
 

Finding out what vaccinations and immunizations you need before you travel to Africa is an important part of planning your trip. This article will help you find out what shots you need to get, where to get them, and which ones come highly recommended so you can stay healthy when you visit Africa.

Planning Your Vaccination Schedule

Some vaccinations, like that for Rabies, come in a series and you need to plan at least a few months ahead of your departure to fit them all in. Your regular doctor probably won’t be able to give you all the vaccinations you need, so you should contact the nearest travel clinic for an appointment. Click for Travel Clinics in the UK; Travel Clinics in the US; Travel Clinics in Canada.

Finding Out Which Vaccinations You Need

The health situation in most African countries requires visitors to be up to date with all common childhood vaccines. This includes Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio. If you are traveling with children, make sure they have had all their shots. You may also need to get boosters for tetanus, diphtheria and measles if you haven’t had those in a while.

The following vaccinations are also highly recommended for travel to every African country:

Hepatitis A
Meningococcal meningitis
Rabies
Typhoid
Recommended Vaccinations/Immunizations per Country

Some African countries have actual entry requirements and won’t let you in unless you have proof you’ve been vaccinated against a specific disease. The most common is yellow fever. Often, you need this only if you have traveled from a country where yellow fever is prevalent, so for those of you overlanding, it’s wise to get the shot before you go. Here’s a map of countries where yellow fever immunization is an entry requirement. Double check with the embassy of the country you are traveling to for the latest information.

Proof of immunization against cholera used to be a entry requirement for a lot countries but is no longer so. Many doctors agree the vaccine is actually quite useless.

Countries in Africa also differ as to which diseases are prevalent and you have to adjust your vaccinations according to your specific destination. While everyone should get the recommended shots listed above, to find out what you need to get per country see this health and travel web site for recommendations. Just click on the country you are visiting for a list of the vaccinations you should get.

Malaria

There is no vaccine for malaria. If you are traveling anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa you should probably take anti-malaria prophylactics. For more information see “How to avoid malaria while traveling in Africa”.

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Aug 082017
 

South Africa’s oldest and most popular national park, Kruger National park, provides arguably the best African wildlife safari experience. As an attestation to this fact, about one million visitors tour this park every year. The national park started as Sabi Game Reserve way back in 1898, to check the destruction of wildlife due to over-hunting. The park was later named after Paul Kruger who was the president of the Transvaal Republic at that time.

Kruger stretches from the Crocodile River in the south, to the Limpopo River in the north and runs for 350 km along the Mozambique-South Africa border. The park is fed by six rivers and has a wide variety of ecosystems; it carries 16 vegetation zones. Kruger is generally flat with an average height of 269 metres above sea level.

Though Kruger occupies 20,000 sq. km, it is the wooded and more lush Mpulanga region in Kruger’s south that is most popular with visitors. You can get to this region using any of the five gates at Numbi, Phabeni, Malelane, Paul Kruger and Crocodile Bridge. The arid central and northern regions are shrouded in some mystery tales and appeal more to the adventurous travelers. With fewer visitors visiting this region, it can be accessed through the Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.

Kruger is the most celebrated national park in South Africa due to its wide variety of game and bird life. Hundreds of different species can be found here: 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians. It offers an unforgettable wildlife experience that can rival the best in Africa. In South Africa, this is the best place to see the fabled big five- lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino.

Owing to its wildlife diversity and the presence of complete food chains in the ecosystem, Kruger attracts many scientists interested in researching animal behavior. Cheetahs, warthogs, zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos, and baboons are some of the animal species found here alongside the big five.

You can access Kruger through nine gates, which are connected to the national road network by tarred roads. From Pafuri Gate in the north to Malelane Gate in the south is a 414 km drive. Once inside the park, it is obligatory to take a game drive. You may chose either a self-navigated game drive, or take a ranger guide as an escort. Kruger allows night game drives, when you can encounter nocturnal animals- bush babies, leopards, hyenas, owls and nightjars.

Many people touring Kruger prefer going for self-drive wildlife safaris on defined regular trails, but you may opt for ranger guided walking safaris if you are more adventurous. There are seven trails in the Kruger wilderness available for walking safaris, giving you the chance to watch wildlife up close as you also enjoy nature’s aroma. You can enjoy a three nights stay in a wilderness camp while on the walking expeditions, though, due to its popularity, early booking is advisable.

You can get to Kruger by the several daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban or Cape town. Phalaborwa Airport, Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), and Hoedspruit Airport are the main airports where scheduled flights to Kruger national park land. Another alternative would be to take a rental car or charter plane from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, East Gate Airport, or Kruger park gateway airport. Within the national park, accommodation facilities range from luxury lodges to self catering and camping sites, meeting the needs of travelers’ different budgets and tastes.

The author works with Africapoint – Online travel agents for Africa. Visit the Africapoint website for South Africa flights reservations and South Africa lodges and hotels booking.

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Aug 122017
 

Your idea of a holiday destination is usually that of an urbanized place, serene environment, a luxury hotel, shopping, eating and a lot of relaxation. Africa has it all in its excellent Western style cities. Amazingly, Africa has some parts, which do not serve all this but still are a major attraction for people around the world.
However, most of the parts of Africa that describe the real Africa are not much developed and this fact cannot be ignored. This is what makes it important to take safety and precautionary measures before and even during trip to Africa. In the first place, all vaccinations must be complete as there are bit chances of disease specially; aids, malaria, cholera and hepatitis. Unlike the usual first aid kit, the kit to Africa needs to have some things in addition.
One should always remember that the so-called ‘peak season’ is just that, and accommodation establishments tend to be booked well in advance. Many Safaris Lodges are small, and therefore space is at a premium. If you want to experience the majesty of the great migration in East Africa, it is advisable to book well in advance, likewise, if your interests are travelling to Cape Town, and the Winelands in December.
The islands of Zanzibar are also affected during this period. The dry seasons are generally better for game viewing, as game concentrates around the water sources. The weather patterns play a major role in the great migration, as the animals follow the new grasses, which are dependent upon the rainfall.
Another historical spot located in Cape Town is Robben Island, where outcasts and troublemakers were exiled and banished many, many years ago. South African President Nelson Mandela was once locked up there. The place holds too many secrets and mysteries that would keep your mind off the usual problems and issues that bother you.
The sophisticated tourist destination of Mauritius lies like a rich green emerald in the turquoise velvet of the Indian Ocean. Located 1 100 miles east of the African coast, the island is volcanic in nature, scenically captivating and spiced with a pot-pourri of Creole, Indian, Chinese and French cultures.
The cheapest time to visit South Africa is during the winter. However, if you want to enjoy some of the best weather in the world during summer (Nov to April) you can use cheap flight to South Africa. Information is freely available on comparative travel sites. You provide dates of departure and arrival and receive a price. You can also book a complete package deal that includes cheap flights, accommodation, meals and tours throughout.

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Jul 122017
 

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Travel in South Africa has always been popular. The destinations have, however gained popularity and world exposure as safari and beach vacation spots. When planning for South Africa travel packages, always think about visiting the important destinations that are on every tourist’s map and include some hidden gems that locals visit. The inclusion of little known destinations on South Africa travel packages will give visitors a chance to see the South Africa that local folks call home.

South Africa travel destinations vary from the popular Kruger National Park to Knysna to lesser known destinations like Beaverlac, Prince’s Grant and Barrydale. The reasons the destinations are popular on South Africa travel packages vary from individual tastes and the attributes attached to the destinations.

Travelers to Knysna love how the weather, the relaxed beach atmosphere and the local cuisine make for a vacation that is rejuvenating to the body and mind. Kruger National Park is another top destination featuring on nearly every South Africa travel wish list. The national park is one of the few pristine protected areas where man is a guest in the animal kingdom. The chance to spot the big five on safari tours is pretty high in the national park. The elephant, the lion, the leopard, the rhino and the buffalo make up the big five that safari tours promise to show. Early mornings and late evenings are held to the best times to witness the majestic animals going about their everyday tasks. The national park, besides being a wildlife sanctuary presents the city weary traveler the rare opportunity of being amidst quiet luxury.

Beaverlac located in the Olifants River Mountains in Western Cape is one of the places that does not feature on top travel itineraries, but is a gem nonetheless. The area is the best place to experience the best of the Western Cape Mountains. Natural rock pools, awe-inspiring hiking and mountain trails and campsites where all the setting up is already done is a bonus one simply does not find anywhere else.

The garden route presents travelers an opportunity to indulge in their adventurousness with activities like running in the forest, eating fresh sea food to jumping off of a bridge. With the sheer number of backpackers in the area, it is evident that reservations are not mandatory in this part of town.

The pristine west coast is relatively unharmed by the tourist influx. The quaint villages of the west coast have over the years managed to retain their palpable South Africanisms. Even if the break is only for a weekend, the west coast is an ideal to unwind.

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Jul 162017
 

Africa was known as the Dark Continent because of the mystery that surrounded it as it was not visited by many people and most people hardly knew much about it. That is not the case anymore, yet travelling to Africa is considered an adventure because of the variety of geographical regions that abound there and the diverse terrain, climate, animals and people that inhabit the continent. There are deep tropical forests so thick that light does not enter there, there are great rivers and mighty waterfalls, there are hundreds of miles of open grasslands and there are thousands of miles of desert lands. The widest biodiversity is found here and hundreds of different tribes and ethnic groups live on this vast continent.

Adventure Travel in Africa has become popular now as people are attracted to the many different kinds of tours that can be taken to explore this wonderful land. Adventure travel in Africa can include adventurous treks across the savannahs or grasslands; the wondrous Serengeti which is a unique ecosystem which hosts the largest mammal migration on the earth and which is considered as one of the natural wonders of the world. It can also include wildlife safaris where one can see all the animals that urban people see in zoos from really close quarters.

Unfortunately, this beautiful continent that has so much to offer in terms of natural wealth has been exploited and violated by man. The beautiful thick tropical forests are disappearing because of the greed of man who does not have the foresight to see that by destroying these finely balanced ecosystems, he is actually destroying the whole earth including his own home. To stop this destruction and to revive the old natural order of things many people and organizations are doing Volunteer Africa work which means that they live and work with non government and government bodies to mitigate the problems that have arisen in Africa because of the unthoughtful onslaught of man on nature.

There are many Volunteer Africa groups that work in different parts of Africa on different issues. Wildlife preservation, conservation of flora and fauna, preserving the ethnic culture of different tribal groups, scientific research concerning environmental issues etc. is the focus of such Volunteer Africa groups who also have programs to create awareness about these issues and encourage volunteers from all over the world, of different age groups and vocations to do work where it is needed on this continent.

Thus Africa can be a fantastic holiday destination where there is a lot to see and do and that is why Adventure Travel in Africa is growing in popularity. For the socially aware and concerned people there is a lot that can be done in Africa through Volunteer Africa work on ongoing and future projects of many organizations that are working here.

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