Travelling is all about collecting diverse experiences, visuals and feelings that turn into indelible memories. Although luxury travel and glamorous holidays are one type of travelling experience, choosing luxurious destinations time and time again means that you rarely get to connect with the more genuine side of more alternative destinations that are perhaps less adept in offering such an experience. However, there are ways to get the best of both worlds. One alternative destination, that definitely deserves your time, is West Africa. And more so its rivers and waterways, so discover them by cruise to get the most out of your trip. Here are the top 2 reasons why you should discover this great destination.
The landscapes of West Africa
It is a common misconception that Africa is only about deserts and droughts. West Africa is actually a hub of rivers and waterways, that are best explored by way of a cruise. This allows visitors to observe this otherwise unseen side of Africa, and get up close and personal with its surprising natural beauty. From Senegal’s Dakar, the westernmost point of the African continent, sail southward to get to the Saloum Delta River and its 76,000 hectares of National Park.
A UNESCO protected biosphere, it is full of areas brimming with wildlife and jungles landscapes that frequently reach the riverbanks. In many cases you will see the native mangrove trees growing from inside the water. Be sure to experience one or more than the following nature reserves of Tendaba, Banjul, Abuko, Makasutu and the Bao Bolong Wetland reserve.
The wildlife of West Africa
The above mentioned incredible landscapes harbour a plethora of wildlife species. The almost countless bird species that call West Africa their home have made it a popular bird watching destination. Many are rare and or endangered so bird watching enthusiasts will be astonished at the variety of birds found here including the Pel’s fishing owl and the African finfoot. Apart from these winged creatures, West Africa’s wildlife also has many aquatic animals such as marine turtles, dolphins and the local manatees as well as various crocodiles.
Terrestrial animals also include a variety of monkeys, such as the guinea baboons which also have their own island, that is part of the Gambia National Park. West and central Africa is also home to the African giraffe, mountain gorilla, bonobo, chimpanzee, elephant, white rhino, forest elephant, bongo antelope, Congo peacock, colobus monkey, lion, hippopotamus, buffalo, cheetah, leopard. Whether you will be lucky enough to see all these is questionable, but be sure to visit as many nature reserves as possible to increase your chances.
Choose to cruise the rivers of West Africa in order to make the most out of your holiday. Since its rivers are the main attraction, a cruise will highlight all the best features of West Africa and allow the guests to immerse into the true essence of this wonderful and exciting destination, with maximum comfort.
On board you will be able to enjoy some stunning sunsets as well as dinners and pleasant evenings, combining all the elements of a great buoyant travel experience!
Discover the Rivers of West Africa was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by The Daily Traveller