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What is your favourite place in Africa?

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If you had one place you could choose in Africa, to say - "This is my very favourite place", where would it be and why?

 

Please add your answers below, with photos if possible.

 

Thanks, Matt.

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Extremely difficult to say... At gunpoint, my answer would be:

 

Katavi National Park, SW Tanzania.

 

For description and photos, see the thread "Let's talk Katavi national Park", under the "Park talk" subforum.

 

P.S.: I assume that for "place" you mean a large enough area, and not a specific location inside a protected area (e.g. Silale Swamp in Tarangire or Deception Valley in the Central kalahari)

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Kwando ........

 

Why? The Avatar Picture.....

Edited by madaboutcheetah

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Maximum area for that place ?

 

If there's no limit then I choose Subsaharan Africa :D

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Serious question...

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Paolo,

 

Your answer caught my eye, since I'll be there for the first time in Sept. Someday I'd like to see Hari's avatar in person, or one of its offspring.

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Paolo,

 

Your answer caught my eye, since I'll be there for the first time in Sept. Someday I'd like to see Hari's avatar in person, or one of its offspring.

 

How much time are you spending thre? I would recommend at least a week, visiting also places diffeent from the central part of the park (s such as Chorangwa, Mpunga, Lake Katavi etc....): the best way to visit those more remote areas is probably to arrange a few nights of fly camping.

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Mountain Lodge Kenya, around 2am in the morning with a large glass of brandy to keep out the cold, a blanket and binos - magical place where anything can happen. Similar place is Shimba Hills near Mombasa.

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Samburumags, it's a very difficult question to answer, isn't it? I've been to both your choices, and enjoyed

 

them, but now I have to say that for me it is Jack's Camp in Botswana. I've been going there since 1994, and it

 

really is a home from home for me, and in October it will be my 18th visit. I've seen Jack's grow from being a

 

small basic camp to the very fancy and unique camp it is now. I know that it's not to everyones taste, but which

 

camp is? I'm very lucky to have a good relationship with both the owner, Ralph, and staff. I'm told that word

 

goes round ' Jan's coming tomorrow' , so it's a very happy place for me to be.

 

I do know that over the years I've been able to visit many countries in southern Africa, and feel lucky and

 

priviledged.

 

 

Jan

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Without picking a specific camp, for me it is somewhere in one of the private concessions in and around the Okavango Delta. Expensive? Yes. Some issues brought up on this forum? Yes. But to be in a beautiful area watching wildlife with very few other people around makes it special for me.

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No big surprises so far! .... I think each of us could have guessed the favourite place in Africa of the more frequent contributor to the forum.

 

So, who wants to make a bet about Zaminoz and Twaffle? :P

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Well, I've been thinking and thinking about it.

If I returned to my childhood Africa, my mind goes straight to a little part of our garden behind the 'yesterday,today,tomorrow' bush where you could play without anyone seeing you. Chameleons on the trees, birds everywhere, you could imagine you were having any sort of adventure.

 

But now, my thoughts stray to the high and rugged plateau below Mt Kenya where wildlife and pastoralists are starting to get their acts together, where local tribes are rediscovering the natural balance of a wild land with animals (or so I hope) and where a measure of security for rhinos, the most hunted, remains.

 

So I find that despite everything the gates of Lewa will continue to draw me back despite my struggles to find new nirvanas and that eventually I'll take the road less travelled out the other side and through Il Ngewsi and up into the Mathews Ranges. I'll think that will be my paradise.

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I am not sure that I could pick one favourite place in Africa.

 

I think that we look at favourite places in different ways. There are nostalgic places and there are other places that are favourites based on set criteria (ie wildlife viewing, guides, camps, scenic vistas). Of the latter category I have a couple, but a few parts of the South Luangwa spring to mind mostly.

 

Of the nostalgic category, I also have a few; mainly some of the GMAs around the Kafue National Park where I spent much of my child hood, such as Lunga Luswishi, Sichifulo, and Mumbwa.

 

If I were to make a rational assessment where to pay money to revisit, then obviously the wildlife viewing, guides, camps, scenic vistas criteria would come into play and I would chose South Luangwa on that basis.

 

However, if I pick only one place that my heart goes back to; it is the top of a large anthill on my parents' farm that I would often go to with just my dog and rifle, and just sit and watch the sun go down.

Hardly a big 5 experience, but a very African one.

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For me it has to be the Kwando concession in Botswana - it's like the land that time forgot and it's great for snakes!

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I would say that Luwi Bushcamp in South Luangwa in Zambia is a wonderful place. Beautiful remote location and a great setup. Unforgetable.

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I'm not sure I could really narrow down to one place...

 

I guess my obvious pick would be Wolwedans in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia. We first went (and adored it) in 2001 and then returned in 2004 to renew our wedding vows, that was an incredibly experience. Of course, we haven't been since then... and I know a lot of key management staff from those two visits have since moved on, so I don't know from personal experience whether it would still be the same magical experience, but I'd like to hope so and perhaps we'll get to go back and find out sometime soon.

 

For safari, it's hard not to be influenced by the places we happened to particularly click with our guides and / or camp management and staff. Doing the same itinerary a few weeks earlier or later, with different staff on rota, could have resulted in completely different picks. And current staff/ experiences could be so different. But, putting all that aside, we did love Elsa's Camp, Ngare at Serian, Tubu Tree and Jacana. Ndumu too, but that's long since closed.

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