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Top Ten African Adventures

In this Globe Trekker Special, with presenters Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Adela Ucar, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Zoe Palmer, and Zay Harding, we travel all across Africa – to Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, South Africa, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and Cape Verde – in search of the continent’s Top 10 adventures.

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At number 10 in our choice of the continent’s top 10 adventures, Justine Shapiro travels to South Africa, where she goes on a walking safari to explore Kruger National Park, one of the largest and best game reserves in Africa. Remarkably, she has a rare, once in a lifetime, close-up encounter with a pair of lion cubs and their mother.
For adventure number 9, Holly Morris hitches a ride on a Tuareg trader’s camel caravan crossing the Sahara desert in Niger. Travelling with almost 100 camels, laden with vegetables, the caravan heads to a remote desert oasis where the produce is traded for salt.

Zay Harding then travels to Cameroon’s southeastern rainforest for adventure number 8, where he experiences pygmy forest culture at first hand. He goes hunting and fishing with the Baka pygmies, before witnessing the initiation ceremony of a group of young boys.

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In adventure number 7, Ian Wright visits Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, where he treks with a guide through the rainforest in search of lemurs, unique to Madagascar. In particular, he gets to see the golden bamboo lemur, discovered as recently as 1986, and one of the rarest of all lemurs.

Zoe Palmer then travels to Cape Verde for adventure number 6, where she climbs the still active Pico de Fogo volcano – at nearly 3000 metres high, overlooking the ocean, it’s a spectacular ascent.
In adventure number 5, Ian Wright travels to the southern border of Ethiopia, where he visits the remote Hamar and Morsi tribes to witness their remarkable and unique customs and ways of life.

Holly Morris then travels to Lope National Park in Gabon, west central Africa, for adventure number 4. With the local head of the Wildlife Conservation Society, she tracks down a group of very rarely seen mandrills, which are amongst the most endangered and spectacular primates in all of Africa.

In adventure number 3, Megan McCormick climbs Africa’s second highest mountain, Mount Kenya, which rises to around 17,000 feet. It’s a spectacular ascent, and despite being located just 10 miles from the equator, there’s plenty of snow at the summit.

Adela Ucar then travels to the far north of Nigeria for Adventure number 2, to the remote village of Machina, where she participates in an extraordinary desert festival. Invited by the local Emir, she is the only foreigner at the festival, as well as the only woman given the honour of riding in the Durbar.Machina, Yobe State 44

Finally, for Adventure number 1, Holly Morris journeys down the mighty Zambezi river by canoe, braving its rapids to reach the incredible Victoria Falls, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At around 100 metres high, and a mile wide in the rainy season, the Victoria Falls form the larging sheet of falling water in the world, and provide a spectacular climax to our exploration of Africa’s Top 10 adventures.


Places Mentioned - Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe

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Top Ten African Adventures

We’ve travelled all across Africa – to Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, South Africa, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and Cape Verde – in search of...

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