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5 Slow Travel Adventures in Africa


In the 21st century, life can feel overwhelming and far too fast paced.  Given that we are inundated with unprecedented exposure to information,  sooner or later we yearn to run away from the onslaught.   Current trends towards ‘digital detox’ and ‘slow living’ are indicators of a growing need to steady the lightning speed of time.  These five unforgettable African adventures provide unique opportunities to slow down, go green, and even travel through time.

1. Rovos Rail

Time travel really does exist.  Or, at least, travellers can adventure as if stepping back in time – to the 1930s on the Rovos Rail.  Each luxurious locomotive has a fascinating story originating in the early 20th century, setting the stage for an adventure reminiscent of a bygone era.  Guests are invited to switch off devices in favour of mingling in the Club Lounge.  Likewise, in quieter moments, it can be appealing to just sit quietly in the Observation Car absorbing the changing African landscape.

The sleeper cars are beautifully appointed in a decadent late art deco style.  At the same time, these luxury sleepers have all the modern amenities to ensure deep sleep as the train chugs towards its intended destination.  

Rovos Rail journeys cover most destinations in Southern Africa.  For example, journey from Hwange to Vic Falls,  venture through the South African Karoo, or travel right across Africa ,east to west.  Ideal for singles, couples, or a private charter, The Rovos Rail is ultimately a timeless way to travel and an adventure to remember.

2. Tusitiri Dhow Safari

Dhow Safari Kenya

Tusitiri is a restored ancient dhow originally used for trade on the iconic Spice Route.  Consequently, stepping onto the dhow gives the sense of crossing a threshold into another era. The fifty-foot wooden vessel has an extensive deck with canvas shade and comfortable antique chairs for lounging with a G&T in hand.  In addition, an outdoor shower hangs over the ocean, providing exhilarating views – an adventure in itself.

Similarly, below the expansive deck, ladies enjoy dressing up in a ‘mirror room’ complete with antique fixtures and old school lighting.  In the evenings, guests enjoy a world-class meal served at a long table with folding safari chairs and crisp white linens.

Notably, the real magic begins aboard the Tusitiri after nightfall.  The canvas shades come off, revealing a vast African sky full of stars.  Lanterns are lit, and luxurious beds are rolled out on the deck for a night sleeping in the open air.

In addition, for active travellers, the Tusitiri crew brings a litany of water toys along.  Guests can choose from kayaking, kite surfing, snorkelling, or diving – arriving at the ideal place for these activities with a dedicated dhow.

To sum up, journeys aboard the Tusitiri can be tailored to individual clients, and they usually start in Lamu Town on the Kenyan Coast.  This is definitely a sailing journey to remember.

3. Odzala kayaking and gorilla trekking

Odzala gorilla trekking

Odzala in Congo-Brazzaville definitely offers the gorilla trekking adventure of a lifetime.  There are few wildlife interactions on the planet which rival the experience of witnessing a species so similar to ourselves.  Consequently, gorilla interactions allow us to reflect on our own humanity through the innocent eyes of nature itself.

In detail, the Odzala adventure begins as an in-depth dinner meeting with the local research team to thoroughly understand primate behaviors.   With this intention, guests will learn how primates are habituated, and how to engage with the gorillas respectfully.  After trekking in the jungle with the gorillas, there is ample time to relax.  Then, energetic guests are welcome to embark on a night walk to observe nocturnal wildlife in the jungle.

Furthermore, adventurous clients transfer between camps on river kayaks, while guides transfer luggage between the camps.  In brief, each camp offers a unique way to experience the gorilla habitat, smaller wildlife, and the verdant flora of the jungle.

4. Okavango Horse Safaris

Horse safari Botswana

Established in the 1980s, Okavango Horse Safaris has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best horse safaris in Southern Africa.  For experienced riders, it is pure magic to get out of the safari vehicle, witnessing game on horseback.

The riding safaris are run with limited numbers in private concessions around the Okavango Delta  Therefore, the game viewing is undisturbed for the most part by safari vehicles.  Each day, riders will be on horseback for only 4-6 hours, leaving the rest of the day for leisure, swimming, or canoeing. For longer rides, a gourmet picnic is provided by a professional team of staff.  Evenings are spent at luxurious yet authentic camps, allowing time to recover with a good meal and glass of great wine after a day of riding.

Equally important are the credentials of this company.  Accordingly, horses and guides at Okavango Horse Safaris are amongst the best.  This ultimately ensures guest safety and comfort within the context of an unforgettable riding adventure in Africa.

5. Tanda Tula Field Camp

Tanda Tula Timbavati

Do you love walking, exploring subtle flora and fauna while also on alert for big game? If the answer is “yes,” then Tanda Tula Field Camp is an ideal choice for your African safari.

The guides at Tanda Tula Field Camp are truly amongst the best in the greater Kruger area. Tanda Tula field guides take guests on a curated walking experience which brings the wild to life, up close and personal.  Situated in Timbavati, a private concession, guests are additionally spoiled with far fewer crowds compared with staying in the national park.  

Each night during the point-to-point field camp, a dedicated team of staff creates dinner and fire under the stars for an unforgettable evening of glamping.  At the same time, it is also possible to do a few days at the field camp and the last day in the luxury safari camp.

Tanda Tula Field Camp provides one of the best possible ways to get an intimate view on the wild and understand the surroundings in a deeper way.  This slow safari ultimately allows guests to savor the full spectrum of wild things.

All things considered, eco travel and slow travel are the perfect antidote to the insane pace of city life.  Contact us to start exploring options for unforgettable sustainable travel in Africa.