Bike the Congo Nile Trail: Rwanda
Stretching 141 miles along the glittering waters of Lake Kivu in Rwanda, the Congo Nile Trail is one of East Africa’s best biking route.
So named because the route traverses the divide that separates the Nile and Congo rivers, the trail takes five days to complete, winding through magnificent thick jungle, past perfectly pruned tea plantations and groups of cheering children, and along what is quite possibly one of the world’s most beautiful lakeside roads.
If cycling isn’t your thing, you can also hike the route in ten days.
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Take the Lunatic Express: Kenya
Dating back to the turn of the twentieth century, the “Lunatic Express” is the train line from Mombasa to Nairobi (and, once upon a time, on to Uganda). During its construction, a pair of male lions gruesomely killed a number of workers, and it was this, along with the astronomic cost of building the line, that earned its name.
Nowadays, taking this overnight sleeper train feels like hopping back to the early 1900s: waiters with grubby white gloves serve meals in the dining car and beds are made up for your rickety evening’s sleep.
During the daylight, there’s nothing to do but sit back as you wind through Kenya’s spectacular countryside, spotting impala, giraffe and elephants out of the window along the way.
This legendary overland tour of Africa takes travellers past the pyramids of Egypt, into the cliff-side churches of Ethiopia and through some of the greatest wildlife regions in East Africa.
After you’ve had your safari fix, the journey continues on to the majestic torrents of Victoria Falls, over the sandy dunes of Namibia and finishes up by the icy Atlantic waters of South Africa’s most beautiful city: Cape Town.
Most adventurers take at least two months to complete this epic trip, and hire a robust 4×4 for the experience.
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The Otter Trail is South Africa’s oldest hiking route, which stretches 42km along the almighty Eastern Cape coastline in Tsitsikamma National Park.
The hike takes five days to complete, passing gushing waterfalls, gnarled rock formations, reflective pools, bubbling streams and through rich forest teeming with hundreds of birds and insects.
Perhaps most breathtaking sights, however, are the panoramic views of the coastline along the way, and the regular glimpses of dolphins and whales cutting though the waters.
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