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Trip List by Slobina

Central & Southern Africa

Dec 24, 2009  
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

Traveling to Central & Southern Africa in 3 1/2 weeks on a budget (sort of) with a goal to see lots of animals and natural wonders.

  • 1. Hotel Chez Lando
    Hotel Chez Lando, Kigali, Kigali Province

    Our first hotel when we arrived in Rwanda. Great place to stay when you are either just arriving to or departing from Kigali.

  • 2. Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre
    Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali Province

    We visited this memorial in Kigali on our first day there. It is very sobering - there are about 250,000 people buried here in a mass grave, and an exhibit that details the history.

  • 3. Virunga Hotel
    Virunga Hotel, Ruhengeri, Musanze District

    We stayed in this hotel prior to visiting the Gorillas. The hotel also has a tour group that got us around Rwanda for the first part of our trip. You can find them at www.virungatravel.com.

  • 4. National Volcano Park (Parc National des Volcans)
    Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District

    This is the National Park where the gorillas live in the moutains, and you can hike in to go see them. We did this is part of our trip and it was absolutely awesome!

  • 5. Hotel Malahide Paradis
    Hotel Paradis Malahide, Gisenyi, Western Province

    We stopped here for a day of R&R on the lake, and were not disappointed!

  • 6. Duma Explorer
    Duma Explorer - Day Tours, Arusha, Arusha Region

    This is the company that organized our safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Parks. What an unforgettable experience!

  • 7. Ngorongoro Crater
    Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region

    This was our first stop on the safari. It is a crater created by a mountain that collapsed millions of years ago, and it is very fertile, so many of the animals stay in here rather than migrating. Breathtaking!

  • 8. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
    Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region

    Our first lodge during our safari. Beautiful views of the crater!

  • 9. Serengeti National Park
    Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    We spent 4 wonderful days driving around the park and watching the animals. A must-see in Tanzania!

  • 10. Serengeti Medium Camp

    Our first camp in the Serengeti. This one is a mobile camp - it moves based on where the animals are.

  • 11. Mapito Tented Camp Serengeti
    Mapito Tented Camp Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    One of the two camps we stayed in on the safari. This one was a permanent camp so the tents are on concrete platforms with outdoor stone showers. Very fancy!

  • 12. Tarangire National Park
    Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region

    This was the last park on our safari. There weren't as many animals because it had rained recently, so they didn't need to come out into the open that much to find water. We did see a lot of elephants and a really cool leopard climbing out of a tree.

  • 13. Boundary Hill Lodge
    Boundary Hill Lodge, Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region

    Our final lodge on the safari, in Tarangire National Park. It is built into the side of a hill and has beautiful views of the park.

  • 14. Chanters Lodge
    Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, Southern Province

    Our home in Zambia for about 5 days. This B&B is just a little walk from town with a lovely pool and restaurant. We really enjoyed our relaxing stay here - Richard and his staff are awesome!

  • 15. Lady Livingstone Sunset Cruise
    Lady Livingstone Sunset Cruise, Livingstone, Southern Province

    This was our first event in Zambia - a sunset cruise that picks up at the Royal Livingstone hotel and takes you out towards the falls to see the sunset. The boat was nice, the drinks were plentiful, but the food left much to be desired.

  • 16. Livingstone Museum
    Livingstone Museum, Livingstone, Southern Province

    This museum provides history on the area around Livingstone, and then a portrait of Dr. David Livingstone, including his original letters. Pretty cool.

  • 17. Livingstone Island Tour
    Livingstone Island Tour, Livingstone, Southern Province

    This tour can be taken for breakfast, lunch, or tea. We took it for tea. You take a boat out to Livingstone Island, learn about the island, and then swim over to a pool AT THE TOP OF THE FALLS. Not kidding one bit.

  • 18. Zambezi River
    Zambezi River, Zambia, Africa

    We went white-water rafting on the Zambezi River. This is definitely an extreme white-water rafting experience. There were about 35 rapids total (25 numbered and then a, b, c, and d's), with about 10 class 4's, 5 class 5's, and 2 class 6's. It is illegal to raft class 6, so we got out of the boat and went around them. Beautiful views but really friggin scary.

  • 19. Zambezi River Bridge
    Victoria Falls Bridge, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province

    We walked across this bridge to get into Zimbabwe from Zambia. There are beautiful views of the river, and you can see the white-water rafts set up in the morning.

  • 20. The Victoria Falls National Park
    Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province

    This is the best place to view the falls. There's a walking trail that takes about an hour or so to follow and see the different lookout points. Just spectacular, even when the falls are low. You can also see people swimming on top of the falls across the way.

  • 21. Victoria Falls Hotel
    The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province

    This hotel is the old, grand hotel on the Zimbabwe side. The town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe used to be the place to be, but now all the tourism has moved over to Livingstone. It is still a beautiful old hotel and worth visiting.

  • 22. 79 on Orange

    Our home in Cape Town for about 6-7 days. This is a beautifully furnished home in Orangezicht, and Marc and Ivan made us feel very welcome.

  • 23. Table Mountain
    Table Mountain, Table Mountain National Park

    This is the beautiful mountain that Cape Town sits in the bowl of. You can either hike up or take a cable car if it is not too windy (the cable car doesn't run if it is too windy). We hiked up and took the cable car down. The hike really puts into perspective how high it is - you basically walk up into the clouds.

  • 24. Greek Fisherman
    Greek Fisherman, Cape Town Central

    We visited this restaurant after meeting the owners while in Zambia. It is right on the Waterfront and has really yummy fresh fish and traditional Greek dishes. Yum!

  • 25. Bizerca Bistro
    Bizerca Bistro, Cape Town Central

    This was our first french, foodie-type restaurant recommended by our B&B owners. Very yummy - if you go, try the quail appetizer.

  • 26. Langa Township

    We visited this and 6 other townships as part of a township tour. The poverty is staggering.

  • 27. South African Jewish Museum
    South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town Central

    The old synagogue in Cape Town was turned into a museum, and the new one (built in 1905) is used for Orthodox services. The museum is interesting but a bit of media overload but still interesting.

    Aubergine, Cape Town Central

    Really yummy upscale restaurant in Cape Town, near the Jewish Museum. Try the Springbok - phenomenal!

  • 29. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands

    Spectacular botanical garden in Cape Town. Nuff said.

  • 30. Camps Bay
    Camps Bay

    One of the prettiest beachest I've ever seen, but also the coldest waters. Highly used for photo shoots!

  • 31. Hermanus
    Hermanus, Overberg District

    Town on the coast good for seeing whales. We missed the whales but enjoyed the town.

  • 32. Franschhoek
    Franschhoek, Western Cape

    Wine country in the cape, meaning "French corner". Beautiful drive.

  • 33. Stellenbosch
    Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    More wine country in the cape with scenic views.

  • 34. Moyo
    moyo Stellenbosch, Cape Town Central

    Restaurant at Spier Winery with treetop tables, a huge buffet, facepainting and traditional african dancing and singing. Felt like Disneyland given what we had already done on the trip.

  • 35. Spier
    Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    This winery is more like an amusement park. It had a winery, restaurant, cheetahs, owls, a pond, picnic grounds, etc. - need I say more?

  • 36. Cape Point
    AWOL Tours, Cape Town Central

  • 37. Boulders
    Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

  • 38. Groot Constantia
    Groot Constantia, Constantia

    This winery is right in town - we went there at the end of a day trip down to Cape Point and tried a bunch of their wines. Very yummy and affordable!

  • 39. Sevruga
    Sevruga Restaurant, Cape Town Central

    Yummy restaurant on the Waterfront in Cape Town. Owners also own Beluga. Really yummy sushi and chocolate dessert!

  • 40. Robben Island
    Robben Island, Cape Town Central

    This is a sight not to be missed, but be patient when you go - the tour can be pretty long. There's a 1/2 hour boat ride, after which they stuff you into buses and shuttle you around the island for an hour so, then you get out of the bus and get a tour from an ex-prisoner for an hour or so.