Tanzania, East Africa
Let's start with a look at safari adventures in Africa. Fifty years ago going on safari meant hunting for big game and hopefully bringing back a trophy to hang on the wall, but thankfully those days are gone. Now going on safari means capturing photos and videos of the magnificent animals found in the wilds of different parts of Africa.
For instance, in South Africa you will find Kruger National Park, home to elephants, leopards, buffalo, lions and rhino (these are often called the "big five" of African animals found on safari). This park, founded in 1898, also teems with other native wildlife and plant life that are well worth discovering. Examples include the baobab tree, the ground hornbill, and the leopard tortoise.
When you travel to Kenya there are many places of interest where you can see a wide range of animals. One of the most popular places is the Masai Mara National Reserve, where you will find vast, sweeping savannahs and very dense populations of game animals. It is well known for the spectacle of wildebeests migrating each year, as well as frequent sightings of zebra, giraffe, impala, lions, cheetah, and jackal, just to name a few.
You can even go on safari in Kenya without going far from the major city of Nairobi, thanks to a wonderful preserve called the Nairobi National Park. Depending on the time of year you can see zebra, wildebeest, black rhinoceros, and hundreds of species of birds. There are even walking trails in the park where visitors can safely get out and explore a bit on their own.
London Heathrow Airport, England
They say that the journey is just as important as the destination, and this is certainly the case when your destination is Africa. Getting to and from Africa and your wonderful safari vacation is exceptionally easy when you leave from one of the major cities in Europe, particularly London. From both London Heathrow and London Gatwick you can find direct flights to Cape Town as well as to Johannesburg, both of which are major jumping off points for most African holidays. If leaving from either London airport is not convenient for you, there are several other options available to you from other European airports. Direct flights from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, and Milan are available as well.
The many choices of departure points for an African holiday offer you some additional options for your holiday plans as well. Why not consider spending a few days in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, etc., before heading off to South Africa? These major cities offer some amazing holiday activities of their own, allowing you to add even more fun to your trip without adding a lot of additional expense. Rent a car and explore the countryside, stay at an urban hotel within walking distance of historic monuments and museums, or even rent a bicycle for a few days and pedal around the various parks and scenic trails.
A couple of other ideas include taking a river cruise along the Danube, Rhine, or Seine, or you could choose a side trip on one of the many excellent train routes in Europe. You might want to take the train from France to Germany to catch a flight out of Frankfurt, or enjoy a rail tour from Switzerland into Spain to catch a flight out of Madrid. If you only have a day or two in a particular city, think about renting a car and doing some exploring on your own with nothing more than a map and a sense of adventure. The possibilities are tremendous and well worth considering before you finalize your next set of holiday plans.
Looking across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, an increasingly popular world holiday destination is the Amazon rainforest. It is accessible from a number of different countries, including Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, but the classic rain forest holiday begins in Brazil. This is where you can board a boat that will take you on a scenic and spectacular cruise up one or more of the amazing rivers that flow through the Amazon Rainforest. A boat trip such as this presents many opportunities to observe wildlife from the boat as well as to on guided shore excursions to take you into the rain forest proper.
For instance, some trips go up the Amazon River itself while others take you up into far less inhabited areas around the Rio Negro, the Rio Jauaperi, and the like. Many tour operators employ trained and experienced naturalists and wildlife experts so that you will always have someone who is knowledgeable close by to answer questions. When a tour boat stops in a local village it is an opportunity to meet some of the native peoples and learn from their unique perspective on life in the rainforest.
Amazon Rainforest, South America
If you choose a river cruise, keep in mind that the boats operating these tours are certainly not fancy luxury liners but they are, in most cases, quite comfortable. Look for one that offers a private bathroom for each cabin as well as air conditioning in each cabin, too. Smaller boats that travel with smaller groups of people are often preferred by visitors because of the many opportunities to interact with other people without large crowds. Some boats can even be chartered specifically for you, if you have a group of the right size.
Once again, travelling from Europe to South America for your ultimate holiday experience can easily become part of the holiday itself. For instance, you could fly from London to the Canary Islands and spend a few days basking on the lovely beaches there before heading across the Atlantic Ocean to Buenos Aires. Or, you could take a flight from Amsterdam to Miami, Florida, U.S.A., and board one of several cruises departing from Miami and Fort Lauderdale that take you along the South American coastline to one of several destination cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, or Caracas. For the really adventurous, there are even some shipping companies that offer passage across the Atlantic in special guest cabins on some of their freight vessels. These tend to cost a bit more money, but many people find they are well worth the cost just for the experience of something different than an airline flight or a traditional cruise line.
Regardless of where you choose to take your world holiday, be sure to check well in advance to determine whether you need special immunizations, tourist visas, or the like.
Find out what kind of clothing is most appropriate for the destination and the time of year, and be sure to bring along a good camera with plenty of batteries.
Determine which currencies you need to carry, how much (or how little) you should carry in cash, and how to find the best exchange rate and most convenient exchange locations along the way.
If you plan to spend time in one or more of the locations you pass through along the route to your ultimate destination, be sure to check specifics about those locations as well.