African travel : An escape from the lockdown

African travel : An escape from the lockdown
Liuwa plains National park, Zambia

People have been unable to enjoy the outdoors, with so many countries around the world having imposed lockdowns. During this time, this is something travelers would have sorely missed and hope they would look to Africa to re-engage with nature and wildlife. After months cooped up indoors in solitude, the wide-open savannah is a perfect place to decompress. In an open car, being sneezed on by a giraffe beats the regular tube ride every day.

Here are some simple things to do, to get a breather

Interact more with local community

The more I remained indoors, the more I understood the value of cultural interaction between individuals from different cultures. There is an exchange of opinions, a dialog that encourages a greater understanding of the broader world and our position in it. We can all learn a lot from each other, and the connection between individuals speaks to travel 's core appeal. Such cultural commitment is now very popular: almost every lodge in Africa supports a community in some form, through education, health or environmental programmes. Some, such as Project Luangwa in Zambia, are highly organised, tourism-funded regional programmes. Ask about their job at your lodge and visit their ventures. Or look for companies that specialize in such journeys, including Orbis Expeditions.

Go to a beach

Who doesn't enjoy a perfect break at the beach? The idea of time spent on a remote beach, easy banda on the beach, walks in the sand, freediving on the reef is loved by most of us. Africa has some fantastic beach destinations for me Pick pretty much anywhere down the eastern and southern coasts of Africa and you'll find mile-long, wide soft sand beaches and remote island idylls. The king of all of them, for me, is in Capetown, Camps Bay.

Visit a park in need of help

With many national parks around the continent, there is a very exciting renaissance; parks that have been sorely neglected for some cause, but are now being revived by organizations such as the African Parks Network through private investment or management takeovers.

This opens up natural areas that have rarely been visited for decades, and gives their (often exceptional) wildlife and ecosystems new hope. To support this great job, tourism will be crucial. Many are worth looking at, but Gorongosa in Mozambique, Zakouma in Chad, and Liuwa Plain in Zambia are the three that are eye catching.

I’m one of those people that uses the occasion of a new year to put a marker in the sand and reflect on what I’d like to achieve in the year ahead. Because travel gives so much pleasure, the mind wanders to trips I would love to take. It’s exciting to consider what new adventures might lie ahead, and what kind of experiences I would like to have, particularly if they reflect my new-found enthusiasm for ‘living a better life’!