Senior Citizen Travel to Africa

Mar 4th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have always wanted to visit Africa.  How about you?  While I am not well acquainted with the “dark continent”, I would undoubtedly first select Egypt or Kenya as I don’t know much about the other 51 countries. I have Kenyan friends and I have always loved egyptology.  Egyptian civilisation was one of the greatest and longest lived in the ancient world, lasting for over three thousand years. Now, thousands of years later, this civilisation still continues to fascinate and captivate our imagination, and the popular images of the pyramids, the sphinx, the great temples and the Nile are familiar the world over.  

 

Africa has 53 sovereign countries—the most on any continent—and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population after Asia and is eagerly awaiting senior visitors.  How does one capture the essence of Africa in its entirety on paper without using up every cliché in the book? No other continent comes close to it for scale, variety and pure, raw impact.  Africa’s natural history alone would make a dozen visits worthwhile – where else on earth can you fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring, or watch millions of pink flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake? Travel here is as different from north to south as it is east to west. From Casablanca to Cape Town, Africa offers some of the greatest secrets and travelers’ treasures to be found anywhere on earth. If you are longing for adventure seniors, it can definitely be found here.

 

Africa is a vast continent spanning over 5,000 miles north-south and 4,800 miles east-west (not including islands) and contains a wide aura of peoples, skin colors, religions, and cultures.  Africa contains the world’s longest river—the 6650km-long Nile River —while the Congo River is the second largest in terms of discharge as well as the deepest with a depth of over 230m (750ft) in some spots. Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5890m (19,340 ft).  And just imagine standing next to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest single falling sheet of water in the world. Victoria Falls are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.  If you’re planning a trip to Southern Africa, don’t miss witnessing this mile-long curtain of falling water. As the explorer David Livingstone remarked when he first saw them in 1855…”scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight and after twenty minutes’ sail from Kalai we came in sight, for the first time, of the columns of vapor appropriately called ‘smoke,’ rising at a distance of five or six miles.”  Wow…get your camera ready!  It better be waterproof too.

 

So where does one stop with a list of Jim’s choice links? I offer these last few resources for senior travelers to peruse.  From what I have learned and gleaned, I feel that wherever you choose to go, you will came back from Africa with many endearing memories. 

 

Lonely Planet:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/africa 

Yahoo Travel:  http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-191500003-africa_vacations-i

Virtual Tourist : http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/TravelGuide-Africa.html

National Geographic Traveler:   http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/extras/planner/africa/index.html

Go2Africa: http://www.go2africa.com/

Trip Advisor:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/AllReviews-g6-Africa.html

South African Airways:  http://www.flysaa.com/ 

Gap Adventures:  http://www.gapadventures.com/destinations/africa/

Luxury African Safaris and Holidays:  http://www.safari.co.uk/ 

About.com on Africa:  http://goafrica.about.com/  

NY Times:  http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/africa/overview.html

jeb



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