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Apr 24th, 2012, 02:58 AM
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VASTLY the best. By far. NOWHERE I have been compares to Africa.

Firstly, I seriously dislike traveling in Europe. It's slow, inordinately expensive, predictable, dirty most of the time and all it pedals is 2500 years of Human history. I'm being blunt, but that's how I feel about it. Almost every trip I've had in Europe has been disappointing in most respects (exceptions; Amalfi - especially Positano, Switzerland - especially the Bernese Oberland).

Now AFRICA is clearly my favourite continent to travel in, by far. For sheer luxury, South Africa is nigh on impossible to beat. The finest meals I've ever had have almost all been in Cape Town, which is surely the most beautiful city on Earth (no offense to Rio, Sydney, Rome, Paris, Vancouver, Hong Kong etc!). The coastline there is the most beautiful on Earth I would say, even more beautiful than Amalfi or Big Sur. Even in terms of European history, there are 7 centuries worth represented there (from late 15th to present) and it's beautiful architecturally as well as scenically. Though I don't find North Africa nearly as amazing as Sub-Saharan (and Southern Africa especially), obviously Cairo and Egypt broadly has MILLENNIA of human history,

BUT, several centuries of history is NOTHING compared to the Millions of years of (pre)history you can find elsewhere in South Africa, and the African continent. One can FEEL that people came from Africa, and visiting "The Cradle of Human Kind" is amazing on that level.

The landscapes in Africa are mindblowing. I've already alluded to the astonishing Cape Coast, glorious, but how about the Cape Fold Belt Mountains nearby? For other amazing ranges on the continent, the Rwenzoris, Simiens and Drakensberg are astonishing. The Fish River Canyon, Blyde River Canyon and Tekeze? Astonishing. The Namib Desert and Sossusvlei? The floral display of Namaqualand? Virunga National Park in the DRC with its Lava lakes? The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia (poor Niagra and poor Iguazu!), Kilimanjaro rising miles above massive open plains. The list is almost endless.

And this does not even count the astonishing wildlife, which NOTHING elsewhere compares to. Alaska? No disrespect, but it - as almost all of the Northern Hemisphere - is a barren wasteland. After all, only Africa escaped the majority of the Quaternary extinction event which has left Europe, North America and almost all of Asia comparatively denuded.

The greatest reserves in Africa are, IMHO, the most astonishing places on earth. The Kruger, Okavango, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Masai Mara etc. cannot possibly be explained - they must be experienced and are quite unimaginable. You cannot own them, as most other travel places allow you to think, they conspicuously own you. The private luxury resorts attached to Kruger - my favourite of all the great parks - are especially notable, the Sabi Sands being phenomenal.

SO, my favourite landscapes are found there, my favourite city is found there, the best food I've ever found is there, the greatest variety of things to do, the deepest font of human history, the most exciting activities, the most beautiful, astonishing and varied forms of life. How could I possibly say anything other than "Africa is the greatest continent, and the most amazing holiday destination on Earth". It is mind blowing. The cradle of life, civilization, humankind, all that we as a species hold dear.
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Apr 24th, 2012, 03:15 PM
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So, original thread date 2004, latest previous reply 2006. Took you a while to catch up to us didn't it Teral

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Apr 24th, 2012, 08:13 PM
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Of the places that I've been that have inspired the most longing to return, Botswana/Zimbabwe are up there. So is Greece; we did a 2.5 week trip and fell in love with some of the slightly off the beaten (American) tourist route. I'd love to return to Greece to go to some new islands. I have fond memories of visiting Portugal, especially Oporto, as a child and can't wait to return now that I'll be able to enjoy their famous product! I also love Vienna. There's something magical about being on those streets during opera season with women in ballgowns and men in tuxedos.

We haven't hit South America or Asia yet, but are moving to New Zealand in July (sight unseen) for the next year, so plan to travel NZ, Australia, and as much of Asia as we can in the foreseeable future.
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Apr 25th, 2012, 08:41 AM
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A thread that is 8/yrs old is brought to life again... duh! And, that above says little about Africa.
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Apr 25th, 2012, 05:42 PM
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The thread is on life support, but Resurrecting Rocco would classify as a miracle.
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Apr 26th, 2012, 03:46 AM
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Yes! I noticed that Rocco has bubbled to the surface. Luangwa, your response is hilarious.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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luangwablondes, you are being paid to work, so get to work and stop wasting your bosses money.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 08:21 AM
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You must be thinking of yourself. As usual, you still can't get it right.
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May 4th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Africa was an amazing adventure, in many ways the best. India will always have a special hold for me: last trip as a single guy. The Taj, Ganges and tigers all in two weeks.

The Mara, Gorillas and the Serengeti are right behind them
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