Sunday 18 April 2021
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Top African destinations to add to your bucket list

Top African destinations to add to your bucket list


‘Sunday Mail’ churchgoer, that is what one of my friends at college used to call me. This name came about after he observed that I only attended Mass (Roman Catholic) on Sundays. At first, I didn’t really care about this, I was quite satisfied with the fact that unlike others, I did attend Mass even if it was just once in a week. However, with time, I began to reflect, should I attend Mass often i.e. more than once a week if I have the time; is it important if I attend Mass often or what’s more important is how I lead my everyday life?

I was unable to give myself satisfactory answers but the conclusion I reached is that if I have the time, then I should at least attend Mass or any other service at least twice a week. Though I reached this conclusion while still at college, it was only a year after my graduation that I finally decided to start attending Mass more than once a week (well, you know how procrastination works).

The first service I attended (in a long time) outside the Sunday Mass was Ash Wednesday i.e. the first day of Lent on the Catholic calendar. For non-Catholics, Lent is the period (6 weeks) of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday as it should, reminded me that one day, I will return where I came from, the body will return to dust while the soul awaits judgement.

The other thing that Ash Wednesday reminded me is that I should live my life to the fullest before I depart. As such, I came up with my bucket list, it really included everything I would like to do at least sooner and the list encompassed many things from academic aspirations, career goals, marriage, self-improvement, and travel, which is the focus of this piece. As I researched the places I would like to visit, I realised that I had an obligation to share these places with a larger audience.


For wildlife viewing and safari, Botswana ranked as the best destination in Africa. The country is home to hundreds of different wildlife and bird species. However, what makes this country a good choice for a holiday is that the government limits the number of people allowed in the safari camps and game reserves. Botswana has, therefore, less touristy like other destinations. Traditional land-based game drives will bring you closer to herds of zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, African elephants and many others. You also get to watch different migratory bird species. In addition to the land-based game drives, you also have the opportunity to enjoy water safaris. In the northern part of the country, there are great water spots which include the Chobe River where you can watch the slow-moving elephants on the river banks from your boat or the Okavango Delta where you ride a boat in crocodile-infested waters.


Lovers of the movies, Anaconda and Anacondas and other like movies will find a trip to Rwanda to be unforgettable. Though you will not find the huge reptiles in Rwanda, what you will find are huge highly endangered mountain gorillas. These mountain gorillas live in the dense tropical rainforests of the Virunga Mountains in the Parc National des Volcans, Nyungwe Forest National Park, and Murchison Falls. You have the option of beginning your adventure with scientists who will explain to you how these mountain gorillas survive in the forests or you can opt to go into the mountains with only the guide.


Namibia is the perfect spot for someone working on a tight budget but hoping to experience the African adventure. This beautiful Southern African country has everything from the white sandy beaches, majestic waterfalls to incredible game reserves, dramatic landscapes, and a desert. Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert which has some spectacular huge sand dunes all year round. There are also other great sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Etosha National Park is home to diverse animal population. The country has the largest population of the cheetah, therefore, you will definitely get a glimpse of the fastest animal on land. The Atlantic Ocean off Namibia offers some white sandy beaches where you can enjoy the sound of the gentle waves while basking under the African sun.


For those who love a water adventure i.e. scuba divers, swimmers, those who find pleasure in fishing among others, Mozambique is the place to be. The Indian Ocean off Mozambique and the numerous remote archipelagos offer spectacular coral reefs and warm waters.