AFRICA HIDDEN GEMS
By Yebo, published on 21 Aug 2020
Travelers and explorers are always on the look for undiscovered gems and authentic experiences. I am that traveller. I mean, before I settle on a destination, I do thorough research, ask friends and travel agents so that I am fully prepared for a good time.
Africa for sure has its fair share of top destinations but it is the hidden gems that give you a better adventure.
I used this ‘stay at home’ period to go on a digital expedition around African and put together my bucket list.
Here are some that I would like to visit.
SAIWA SWAMP NATIONAL PARK, KENYA:
It is the smallest national park in East Africa at about 3 KM2. The park is home to exotic flowers, trees, and birds.
The most interesting bit is that the park is a habitat for the endangered Sitatunga (marshbuck), a swamp-dwelling antelope. Visiting the park, you will enjoy their staycation package or a camping experience like no other.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA:
It is the oldest national park in Africa and one of the most famous protected areas in the world. Famous for its annual migration of animals has earned Serengeti a UNESCO World heritage site tag as well as being voted one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.
Activities at the park include memorable game drives, hot air balloon safaris among other thrills your adventurous soul will forever remember.
THE MUSANZE CAVES, RWANDA:
Located in Musanze district in Nothern Rwanda the Musanze Caves are famous for their mountain gorillas and the endemic golden monkeys. These caves offer a peek into the geological history of the region that was a result of intense volcanic activity. The underground caves are easy to hike so get ready for some fun! So make sure the caves are in your bucket list the next time you plan to visit the Virunga.
BOMA NATIONAL PARK: SOUTH SUDAN
Boma National Park- Boma National Park is one of the largest park’s in Africa. Between march to April and November to January, the second largest migration of animals occurs in the park. The migration involves at least half a million gazelles.
The Sudd- The largest swamp on earth is located around the park is one of the best birding spots in the world and boasts over 450 species of birds.
NGUNYE NATIONAL PARK: BURUNDI
Tiny Burundi is packs many stunning activities to do in her small space.
Ngunye National Park- reach the Southern source of the longest river in Africa here. It is amazing to watch how the long Nile flows as it makes its way towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Chutes de le Karera - no matter how many waterfalls you have seen, you will be in awe of this set of four waterfalls in Rutana province, Southern Burundi.
RUWENZORI MOUNTAINS: UGANDA
Home to Africa's tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world's longest river and the continent's largest lake. Uganda is a buffet of picturesque topography.
Nyero Rock Paintings- these prehistoric paintings in Kumi district, depict life during the Stone Age period. Most of the paintings are about the canoes, humans and wild animals that roamed the plains at that time.
LAKE NATRON: TANZANIA
Located in Arusha City, the lake's landscape is surreal but deadly. Waters of the Lake is oversaturated with salt and can reach temperatures of 140 degrees and a pH of 10.
High levels of evaporation have left behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate) interestingly bringing in fresh water would greatly cause an imbalance to the lake’s ecology.
As you plan your trip to visit this marvel, it is important to note that the water is so corrosive that it can strip ink off printed materials and burn the skin and eyes of unadapted animals. So BE WARE!