Africa is a huge diverse continent and you could spend a lifetime exploring just a small corner of the vast continent. These are destinations that the World Vegan Travel knows and loves and are places we are (or are thinking about coming) with travellers. In this first part, we covered 10 top destinations starting from A to J. In this part, we are going to cover another top 10 destinations starting from K to Z.
Inhabited since the 11th-century, what is now Kigali has been the home of Twas, Tutsis and Hutus. The city sits on a series of verdant ridges and lush valleys and has a Muslim Quarter and a bustling market. Rwanda’s capital is the site of battles that left over a million, mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutus, dead. Kigali Memorial Centre is a permanent memorial to 1994’s Genocide, built on a mass grave where 250,000 are buried. Kigali City Tour Bus offers an excellent introduction to this now safe, friendly city.
One of the main attraction points is Akagera national park which is in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. African parks are currently managing this park and has done a great job with the conservation. In the past there were lots of conflict between people and the park, but this was solved by fencing off part of the park and the introduction of community tours where visitors are encouraged to visit the communities and benefit accordingly. Akagera national park is a the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.
Lesotho, South Africa
The Drakensberg Escarpment is a dramatic area of cliffs and columns, and on this trek, you will be ascending several of its peaks, some above 3000 meters. The traverse will take you to the highest points in South and Southern Africa, Mafadi (in South Africa) and Thabana Ntanyana (in Lesotho). The area is the source of many of South African rivers, and you may also see the local Basotho herdsmen of Lesotho, with their animals. You are unlikely to encounter any other trekkers, though.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Knysna, South Africa
At Monkeyland, the emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. On the guided safaris, you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. More than 700 primates live at the sanctuary. During the guided tours, knowledgeable rangers will tell you all about the fascinating primates as you encounter them.
Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
Primate tracking tops most visitors list, but it is worth lingering a little longer for those with time to relax and take in the primal atmosphere. Botanists will marvel at the 1,068 plant species and 140 orchids. The birdwatching is among the best in Africa with 322 birds species including Red-collared Babbler and 29 other Albertine Rift Endemic species. Butterflies are also a common sight, with at least 120 species.
Recommended Vegan Restaurant & Place to stay One & Only Nyungwe House
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Generally flat, with a height variation of less than two meters across its area, dry land in the Okavango Delta is predominantly comprised of numerous small islands, formed when vegetation takes root on termite mounds, however larger islands exist with Chief Island, the largest, having been formed on a tectonic fault line. Very much at the centre of Botswanas safari industry, the Okavango Delta features some of African premier camps and lodges including Mombo Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris and Kanana, operated by Ker & Downey Botswana.
Port Elisabeth Seaview Predator park, South Africa
As you arrive at the parking area for the Lions and Tigers enclosures, you will note that this is where we have lions and tigers visible for all to see as well as offering picnic and braai facilities. Take a walk to see our White and Tawny (Brown) Lions, which are the largest cats in Africa! You will also see the endangered Siberian Tigers, of which are the largest cat species in the world! Followed by their close relatives, the Bengal Tigers in their own enclosure.
A short drive up to the car park for the hilltop, licensed, restaurant you can relax before taking the boardwalk view over the Sanctuary area. It is in this area where you will see many more predators including leopards, puma, caracals, servals, meerkats, bush pig, and farm animals such as goats, pigs, and a miniature pony.
Queenstown, Karoo Heartland, South Africa
Queenstown itself lies at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain, whilst other towns in the district include Dordrecht, Molteno and Sterkstroom. The area not only provides incredible scenery, but it is a hive of activity for the outdoor enthusiast: there are trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, hiking, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing and anything really, as long as it involves relishing all that is al fresco.
The Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve, set on the slopes of the Madeira Mountain just outside Queenstown, has several trails worth exploring, spectacular examples of flowering plants, and an array of different antelope that include blesbok, springbok and zebra. The reserve also has incredible views from the mountain summit. The Bongola Dam that supplies the town with its water is set in the hills surrounding Queenstown and is a great day out for picnics and water sports.
Savute Safari Lodge, Botswana
Guests love game drives in the Savuti region. Guests may also be able to visit a San rock art site. The lodge offers a fully inclusive package of accommodation and activities. The convenience of the fully inclusive package allows you to relax and enjoy the wildlife that makes Savuti so interesting. You can choose your activities and get the full wilderness experience.
The Savuti region has the largest pride of lions that has mastered the art of big game hunting. Over the years the lions have learned to hunt game like elephants. A visit to the Savuti feels like a mix between Chobe and Moremi. The somewhat drier Savuti is filled with mopane forests, browsing animals and sandy roads. The Savuti region is home to predators like lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah and wild dogs.
Recommended Vegan Restaurant and place to stay Savute Safari lodge
Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Nearby Attractions & Activities are, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Knysna Elephant Park, Tenikwa Wild Cat Sanctuary, Whales, dolphins and seals watching boat tours, Sailing, surfing, kayaking, Bungy jumping and skydiving, Swimming with seals, and Hiking and mountain biking.
Recommended Vegan Restaurant & place to stay Tsala Treetop Lodge
Uganda, Bwindi Forest
Recommended Vegan Restaurant & place to stay Nkuringo Biwindi Gorilla Lodge