Senior Travelers Attracted To Africa

Lonely Planet invites seniors to consider a visit to “The Dark Continent” but with reservations. Seniors should always consider the safest places and then they need know which countries should be avoided.  

Most senior’s first choice would be a safari to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife that is so abundant in Africa. Africa is a big place with 53 different countries to choose from.  It is spilling over with variety and pure raw impact wherever you travel. Here’s Africa as you have never seen her on TV.

Lonely Planet is loaded with TO DO suggestions… something like 8,000 of them to be precise. Check out the pure beauty of Uganda with Mr. Baker, seen from Irene Lakes. Namibia (ever heard of it?), or Botswana, Zambia and Morocco that each rate high with Lonely Planet as being safe for tourists.

Tourism plays a huge part in the economy but Tunisians are surprised and charmed by independent travelers, even though around 7 million tourists arrive each year. Tanzania is known for its abundant and rich variety of wildlife. Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar… The names roll off the tongue like a roster call of Africa’s most alluring destinations, all packed into one country.

Put On Your Hiking Boots, Seniors, and Get Out the Camera

In for a climb, seniors? Try Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is the world’s tallest walkable mountain, and what a walk it is. Senior hikers will hike up through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. There is a host of other trekking options for you to consider.

Kenya packs in colorful tribal cultures, great beaches and some of the best wildlife in all of Africa. You’ll enjoy hiking up in the High Atlas Mountains in North Africa. Ghana is one of the safest and easiest countries to travel in for an English-speaker. Then there’s Zanzibar just off the east coast. It’s also called Unguja. I didn’t know that, did you? is always a great resource with lots of information and can fill in your itinerary with the TOP TEN. It would be difficult for some to leave out the Pyramids of Egypt or Cape Town. For me, I’ve always found Ethiopia with over 50 different tribes to be totally fascinating and I have an adopted great niece from there.

As my old psych prof used to say… “if you are sufficiently confused, we shall proceed.” But I’ll leave you today with a helpful guide in planning your upcoming trip to Africa.  I’ve placed Africa on my “bucket list,” how about you? jeb

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