Why Africa should be on your travel wish list as a light at the end of the tunnel
Travel to Africa is likely to take longer to resume than travel to destinations closer to home, but the variety of memory-making opportunities the destination offers will make the wait worthwhile.
Last year, travel corridors provided a brief respite from the chaos and frustration.
Unless you wanted to travel to Africa.
The entire continent appeared to be left out until the scheme’s final days, when Rwanda and Namibia were added to the Department of Transportation’s’safe’ list for visitors in late November 2020.
Given that, at the time, the UK had higher rates of Covid infection than many African countries, cricketer Kevin Pietersen called the continued disregard “discriminatory.”
Since the introduction of the South African variant, a trip to much of southern Africa now ends with an expensive stay in an airport hotel in the United Kingdom – hardly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The journeys suggested by writer Emma Gregg in our most recent installment of 100 Trips of a Lifetime, on the other hand, will be memorable in the best way possible.
Emma has visited Africa on a regular basis since the 1990s, taking in everything from music festivals to five-star safaris in over 20 countries.
“Taking an open-air bath by lantern light in a clearing just outside our Serengeti fly-camp, after a long, lovely guided walk through the bush,” was a personal highlight.
From these 25 trips, her top pick is the Leopards and Local Culture trip in Zambia.
Apart from looking for these elusive big cats in South Luangwa, the country’s flagship national park also offers the chance of a close encounter with elephants, who are drawn to the Mfuwe lagoon and frequently wander through the reception of the neighboring Mfuwe Lodge.
Travel to Zambia and across the continent is likely to take longer to resume than travel closer to home.
However, with conservation issues front and center, there will be more pressure to make tourism more accessible.
As a result of the tourism vacuum, poaching and human-wildlife conflict have increased in some parts of Africa, as well as Latin America and Asia.
“Governments in countries experiencing a rise in deforestation, illegal mining, and poaching urgently need to maintain enforcement efforts, even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to a recent Conservation International report.
Africa’s light at the end of the tunnel: why it should be on your travel bucket list
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