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My Top 5 Bucket List Destinations for Travel in Africa 2017

Africa has so many amazing beautiful places to visit. When I thought about a bucket list for 2017 I wanted to make it realistic.

Bucket lists, by definition, are basically wish lists. Instead of making this one an unrealistic one I decided to make it something that we could possibly achieve. So here are my top 5 places I’d like to visit that I haven’t been to already:

No. 1: Sani Pass

Click on the link to take you to Mountain Passes South Africa website where you can watch a video of the pass and you can see why they describe is as “the mother of all South African mountain passes. Statistically and in every sense, it out distances, out climbs, and out performs all it’s competitors with consummate ease to have become the most iconic gravel pass in SA.”

I love gravel road driving, and having done Swartberg Pass last year, Sani Pass is definitely the no.1 Mountain Pass I would love to do. My husband did it last year on his BMW GS1200 motorbike and in his words “sheer fear and determination are the only things that got us through it, never again!” I’m sure he means, never again on a motorbike, only in a 4×4.

Would I take the kids? Probably not.

Photo I took of Swartberg Pass last year:

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No. 2: Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

The Nature Reserves and National Parks of South Africa website says “The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is the third largest canyon in the world and has some of the most dramatic and overwhelming scenery in the country.

Check out this link to the Wikipedia page for more details on the canyon, and some awesome photos.

No. 3: Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape, South Africa. 

Augrabies Falls is a waterfall on the Orange River, in the Northern Cape.The falls is located in the Augrabies Falls National Park. Here is a link to the photo gallery on the SanParks website. The falls are around 183 ft high. During the floods in 1988 it was recorded that 7,800 cubic meters of water flowed over the falls every second. With all the rain we’ve had in South Africa this year, I’d love to see it now.

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa, and forms part of the natural border between Namibia and South Africa, and Lesotho and South Africa. This photo is one I took in December last year of the Orange River flowing near Parys, in the Free State.

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No. 4: Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe. 

Matopos Hills, or Matobo is part of the Matobo National Parks, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo, southern Zimbabwe. The hills were formed over 2 billion years ago with granite being forced to the surface, this has eroded to produce smooth “whaleback dwalas” and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation. Mzilikazi, founder of the Ndebele nation, gave the area its name, meaning ‘Bald Heads’. (Source – Wikipedia)

The hills are located south of Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. The area is rich in history, and even has some rock face paintings done by the San people thousands of years ago.   I think I went there when I was a very young child, but I don’t remember. I would love to go back to see it all again and to share it with my girls. 

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All Photos in Matobo Hills collage taken by my very talented step-mom. If you want her details, please get in touch. Photos may not be copied, used or shared without permission. 

No. 5: The Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery

ZEN is a conservation project, also known as Wild Is Life. The founder, Roxy Dankwerts, is an amazing woman who is running this elephant nursery in Zimbabwe. Please visit her website, it has all the details, information and links. You can follow the project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too. Basically she rescues baby elephants who have been orphaned, and her and her team hand rear them and raise them as a herd with the aim of releasing them back into the wild eventually. Each little ellie has its own page where you can read about their own personal circumstances and how they came to be at the orphanage, their progress, their care, and their quirks. It is at once heartbreaking and inspiring. There are also links there about how you can donate money to the orphanage to support this amazing cause. Visiting can only be done by appointment, they are not a zoo, it is a rehabilitation project. Going there for me would be amazing and humbling.

I’m going to end off with one of my favourite African proverbs …

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Thanks for reading.

Tammymum
3 Little Buttons

11 thoughts on “My Top 5 Bucket List Destinations for Travel in Africa 2017”

  1. Sani Pass sounds incredible – and I’m so envious of the wonderful places that you plan to visit! The elephant nursery sounds like a dream. We have a donkey sanctuary… but I don’t imagine that it will be quite so impressive!? 😉 Thanks so much for sharing with #DreamTeam and I hope that you get to tick off your wishlist soon! xx

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  2. Oh my word you have to make this come true! The elephant nursery sounds amazing – your girls would love to see that. My husband proposed to me at The Arc in Kenya overlooking the elephants watering hole – very special memories for me xx a lovely post with beautiful breathtaking photos. I look forward to reading your posts of your ventures! #FamilyFun

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  3. Oh wow what an exciting list. I must say mountain driving especially on a gravel track would really really scare me! I have a weird phobia. An elephant nursery however sounds an amazing experience. I hope you make them and I look forward to reading about your trips 😉 Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

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  4. Wowsers that’s a serious travel log/itinerary.The views and countryside look so vast it feels difficult to comprehend!A rugged trip of a lifetime.I’m too fat at the mo for any serious long haul hols (sweating like a pig in February) but once I shift it and the sprogs are up to it S.A is somewhere we would love to travel to xx #DreamTeam

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    1. Oh wow, thanks. That’s very kind of you. I’m hoping we go that way end of March, but as always will see how things are looking re borders and cops. 🙈

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