My husband and I have are taking 6 months off work and plan to spend 3-4 months in Africa plus 2-3 months in South America.
I’m trying to tackle planning for one continent at time .... my issue is that the wish list is huge and try as I might to narrow it down into a realistic itinerary, I still have way more planned than we can squeeze in.
We would like to focus on East and Southern Africa. The countries we’d like to visit are:
I won’t list all the individual places and activities but our main interests are wildlife, nature, learning about local culture, history and meeting local people, hiking, snorkelling and food. We definitely want to go gorilla trekking and on safari and we’d love to volunteer if we can find a genuine organisation to work with.
We plan to mix up some independent travel with tours, using local companies and guides wherever possible. We are happy to camp and stay in budget accommodation or homestays and to mix in a few nights in lodges or luxury accommodation along the way.
Mostly we want to make sure we try to choose ethical/sustainable options that don’t negatively impact the places we visit.
So with all that said i would love to hear opinions on which destinations people would recommend over others or any advice, thoughts, opinions .... I know we can’t do it all .... but it’s so hard to choose so some ideas based on people’s experiences would be very much appreciated....