Four safaris with a little extra spirit

Wildlife is far from the only reason to go on safari in Africa.

Safari means “journey” in Swahili. However, he is often caught up in the collective imagination in search of wildlife encounters. But this wild Africa undoubtedly stands shoulder to shoulder with another world rich in history and culture. Here are some reasons to go on a safari… but not just.

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For sports fans

The heart of the Kenyan Eldoret race. Simon Moyna / AFP

The continent of Africa cultivates a certain sports excellence. If the big names make themselves known in Europe during the Olympic Games and other world events, the continent is an incredible place, full of nurseries of great athletes. So you can combine your safari with the discovery of this face of the continent.

  • At Eldoret Kenya The heart of running practice. The great champion Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, built his practice there like all the great long-distance runners in Kenya. Between the two stages, take a break for a few days and train with the best athletes in the world… if you dare!
  • Rugby is a religion of the SouthSouth Africa And especially at Stellenbosch University. Discover the facilities and take part in a university championship match a few tens of kilometers away from Cape Town, after exploring the country wide … or take the opportunity to take a tour of Johannesburg Stadium to enjoy a great match at the country’s legendary Alice Park Stadium (seen in the film Invictus)
  • Cycling is not the main discipline of the continent. But RwandaThe exception to his Rwanda tour and some well-known cyclists. If you practice cycling Seriously “Training can be organized on the country’s beautiful roads. Be careful, this country is called 1000 hills!

For history lovers

There are archaeological remains in the Masvingo region south of Zimbabwe. Adobe Stock / evenfh

All countries on the continent have a dense past and it is easy to integrate stopovers and historical visits.

  • L.‘South Africa And the city of Johannesburg in particular is a must: visit the fictional and modern racism museum, sleep in Gandhi’s house or walk down the aisle of Sweato in the footsteps of Mandela or Desmond Tutu. A strong move before going on a safari in the eastern part of the country.
  • The Zimbabwe It carries the interest that should be aroused in its name. By “stone house” it means, it’s not just the land of Victoria Falls and the adjacent great archives. To the south of the country, not far from Bulawayo, in the Masvingo region, there are archeological ruins. Traveling through this region gives it a whole new dimension. Will be inspected with a guide.
  • Unexpected and still: Zanzibar, Before becoming a mythical island, missing after a safari in Tanzania, was the equivalent of Gori in East Africa. Depending on Oman, this former sultanate was the starting point of the slave trade in the Arabian Peninsula and Asia. From this tradition there are a few palaces and sites left in the old town whose visit suggests a different view of the history of the region… so little is known.

For food lovers

Ali repeatedly cave restaurant. Photo Press / Ali Barbar Cave

African cuisine is very little known and, it must be admitted, is a little hated. Due to the isolation of the visited areas, the safari does not necessarily spread with gastronomy. However, two places worth circling.

  • The garden route is located South Africa Around the town of Knysna. This region is rarely visited and yet it has one of the richest soils in the country. On the menu: fruits, vegetables, lamb (best from the neighbors) and, of course, seafood and oysters. In short, a paradise for gourmets.
    Address:Seafood in Plattenburg, located in the center of the garden route, a relay in the Plattenburg Bay and the Chateaux. Everything is there.
  • Its south coast Kenya Mombasa leads to the Tanzanian border via the coastal town of Diani where there are many hotels. Here, seafood (fish, giant shrimp and lobster) is cooked to Arab-Indian influences. Of course: Enjoy a good meal in a wash (traditional boat) in the shade of an established sail.
    Address:Ali repeatedly cave. Located far away from Diani, this restaurant is housed in a rocky cave caused by sea erosion. Beneath a starry sky, surrounded by strong rocks, an atypical dinner is ideal for enjoying the flavors of this region.

For mountaineers

Roenjori Mountains, Uganda. Adobe Stock / Matthias

Safari is often associated with a combination of physical activities. It’s not like that. Often in a car, you can’t reach your 10,000 daily steps. To work hard or to surpass yourself, it is possible to trek and hike in the most beautiful landscapes: walk to the edge of the Engorongoro Crater in Tanzania, dive into the huge hills of the Namib Desert, or dive into South Africa’s great Bled River Canyon. .. Lots of opportunities.

  • The lesser known, wild and small, the ampakai hole is a “small” hole in Engorongoro Tanzania Which can only be visited on foot. Guaranteed sensations… always accompanied by course.
  • For mountaineers, there are some famous peaks Kenya : Mount Kenya or its dignified neighbor Kilimanjaro. It takes five to seven days to climb this mountain which will take you beyond 5000 meters. An endless experience, admirable before resting on safari.
  • Secrets, located in the Roenjori Mountains Uganda On the Congo border, it offers an extreme mountain experience but is perfect for a real and physical experience. After that, we will go on a game drive before starting the famous gorilla trek in the impenetrable forest of Beowulf.

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