There are two sorts of travellers who go to Africa: those who want to tick places off a list and those who want to experience the essence of those places. For the latter, that sometimes means even avoiding the places you listed for others that best offer the experience you are after.
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a good example of the latter. Lost in the noise of your Krugers and Serengetis, this large national park flies under the radar of most safari-goers. Neighbouring the far more famous Chobe National Park in Botswana, this park often shares animals with its famous neighbours (animals don’t need passports), including the elephant herds Chobe is known for. What it doesn’t share are the herds of people that jam up the roads and make peaceful game viewing a challenge.
Full of lions, leopards, herds of antelope and rarer animals such as the elusive wild dog, this area offers a step back in time where you can enjoy the call of the wild without the call of the mobile phone. You’ll often find experienced African travellers here enjoying the slower pace and the solitude that ironically only comes when surrounded by animals of a different species.
If you want to clear items from a bucket list, go wherever you wish. If it is the experience you are after, consider somewhere like Hwange. Fame doesn’t always equal quality. In fact, some of the best-kept secrets are kept secret for a reason.
To unlock the secrets of Africa, it’s important to talk to the key people. Peninsula Travel has sent many people to the hidden gems of Africa, working with respected partners like Bench Africa. To discover your dream trip, talk to Peninsula Travel today.
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