29 June 2014

How to choose African safari activities at the Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are heaven for all active and sport loving African safari travellers. The list of available activities goes from tours of the falls on foot, to boat tours, sundowner cruises, river safaris, swims, elephant rides, bungee jumps, cheetah encounters and much more. The only problem is time. Be careful when planning your Vic Falls activities, that it does not become a tight and stressful program and you need to look at the pictures afterwards to see what you’ve actually done, because you were only racing from one to another.

Stick to the essentials. Ask yourself what you would love to see and experience and then make a choice from the options to see exactly that. If you want to have the best view of the falls to photograph, do a helicopter flight, then explore them on foot and maybe, if possible a swim in Devil’s Pool. As you will have anyway a sundowner, book yourself on a sundowner cruise and the 2-night/3-day stay will already be over, but still with time to enjoy the hotel or resort where you are staying.

And if this not enough, you can always stay for longer.

Happy active Victoria Falls!

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Featured African safari tour: Victoria Falls and Hwange

If you do not have much time to go deeper into Zimbabwe, but you would love to see some of this beautiful safari country this tour might be just the right thing to do. This 7-day African safari tour visits the Victoria Falls on Zimbabwean side and Hwange National Park. Of course you can also bring a quick visit to the Zambian side of the falls, as it is only a short drive away. However, the main focus is on the bush and you will have 4 nights to see lots of amazing wildlife.

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Why you should go on African safari in Uganda

Uganda is often more an African safari destination for experienced travellers and not so often of new Africa travellers. The reason might be, that Uganda is off the beaten track and mostly known for its primates with great opportunities to see chimpanzees and gorillas. But the country has to offer so much more. Uganda is a lush, green and simply beautiful place with the magnificent Lake Victoria, who feels like an ocean. And within this amazing safari country is the Kidepo Valley, a magical place in its northern part, off the beaten track in an off the beaten track country. This must sound really promising and it is.

Read everything about the beauty of the Kidepo Valley in Tim Bewer’s post right

Happy safari traveling!

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Why walking African safaris?

When you are on a game drive vehicle, you are not part of the wildlife’s world. This is very different when you are walking in the bush. You become part of the animals world, part of their hierarchy with a completely different feeling and experience. Imagine you are on African safari and on a game drive in the morning. You see a leopard and follow him for a while. Later after breakfast you go on a guided bush walk and you are back where you saw the leopard in the morning. Can you imagine how that feels? Now you are walking where the leopard was and you will without no doubt have mixed feelings, as the leopard could still be around. The leopard would respond different than when you were in a vehicle and most likely you wouldn’t see him, as he would try to avoid people.

Very special experiences are complete walking safaris where you walk from camp to camp or stay in an area and explore it on foot. By moving slowly you will see very different things and explore the bush in a different way. Consider at least one walk while on safari to get a glimpse of this amazing experience.

Happy bush walking!

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa