Destination: West and Central Africa
For the intrepid traveler, West and Central Africa presents exciting new places to explore. Check out a plethora of festivals and colorful… more
For the intrepid traveler, West and Central Africa presents exciting new places to explore. Check out a plethora of festivals and colorful celebrations or hire an eco-guide to see a menagerie of wildlife throughout this rich region.
Hello, I’m Patty Kim. We’re headed now to West & Central Africa.
Now, this region probably doesn’t get as much as exposure as the rest of Africa, but for the intrepid traveler, that’s just one of its many charms.
You see, less tourism means more chances to meet local people and experience traditional ways of life.
With epic festivals, booming cities and nature parks you can call your own, this is one trip you’ll definitely never forget.
If you’re looking for variety and an original travel experience, then you’ve come to the right place - West and Central Africa.
Comprised of over 20 countries and an array of landscapes to suit whatever your mood - from lazy beaches to overland adventures, from jungle to desert.
The Sahara desert stretches across Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad before transitioning into a belt of dry grasslands called ‘The Sahel’… and into savanna and tropical forests stretching from Senegal in the west to the heart of Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Despite its many attractions, the region is for travelers with serious skills.
The tourist infrastructure here is not always as developed as in other parts of Africa, and political conflicts can bring a leisurely travel to a sudden halt.
Consult the US State Department website for traveler warnings before visiting the region – and plan your adventures accordingly.
The lush rainforests of the Republic of Congo offer a wondrous setting for wildlife lovers.
Some of the best opportunities for seeing animals are at Odzala National Park.
Here, a patchwork of wide clearings, called “bais”, dot the landscape.
Their abundant vegetation and mineral deposits attract a menagerie of animals, including forest elephants…sitatunga (marshbuck)…wild hogs, and rare lowland gorillas, to name just a few.
Working together, park officials and a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations have developed new wildlife tourism opportunities in this special place – in the hopes that dollars raised will aid to wildlife conservation, here, and across the region.
For more wildlife watching, head west to the coast of Gabon to Loango Park.
Members of the local communities within the park act as eco-guides, scientists and wardens – and with good reason.
At its mangroves and shores, it’s not just people who come to the beach.