Africa is known for a number of incredible wildlife events, the most famous of which has to be the Great Migration from Tanzania to Kenya (and back) with some one million wildebeest and zebra following the rains in search of new pastures. However it doesn’t have involve quite so many animals, or indeed animals at all, for it to be inspiring. Here are my Top 5 places (well, ones technically a reason…) to go to Africa in January.
1. the Chobe National Park in Botswana for the high concentrations of elephant – to see one using their trunk as a snorkel is wonderful;
2. the South Luangwa in Zambia for the migratory birds such as the Carmine Bee-eater, a time when they are nesting in the dried up river banks;
3. the Magkadikadi Pans but specifically at the time of a full moon; the colours, produced by the dust off the pans, are just incredible;
4. to dive, go to Mozambique it’s the season when whales sharks are seen most days;
5. and finally, and can there be a less complicated reason? To get away from the drab, dark and cold days that January brings!
Africa – the continent for all seasons.