Along with its lush jungles, fine-looking waterfalls, rare tropical landscapes and rare species of flora and fauna; Fouta Djallon is home to some of the most enthralling hiking experiences in West Africa. However, these treks are unsuitable for average amblers-with most treks averaging six hours of daily walking on terrains ranging from single-track forest trails to mellow, rolling grasslands and vine bridges.
Here, you will also find maze-like rock gorges -making the region transform into the real life ‘Indiana Jones World’! The sublime natural bounties of Fouta Djallon are appropriately complemented by with traditional huts dotting isolated villages, sparsely populated and friendly Fulbe people, delectable regional cuisines and warm hospitality….. Need you ask for more? The best time to visit this beautiful destination is from January to October.
Gorilla tracking in Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve
When your trip makes you expect ‘long and uncomfortable journeys’ via planes, jeeps and canoes; then you obviously wait for a super-bright light dazzling at the end of the tunnel. If you are planning to visit Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve, then you can be assured of some great experiences at the end of the road. This is one of those special places where tourists and wildlife enthusiasts can look forward to tracking majestic but critically endangered species of western lowland gorillas. (image by The Far Horizons – Journeys Discovering Africa)
This stunning jungle region is believed to have been visited by over 2000 westerners and boasts of a heavy traffic of buffalos, forest elephants, crocodiles as well as red river hogs. You may like to take the help of local Ba’Aka pygmy guides for your attempts at gorilla tracking. After tracking them for three to eight hours at a stretch, you can look forward to moving with the group or watching them groom-take your pick.
Mayan temple trekking, Tikal, Guatemala
The Mayans may have been proven wrong about their prophesies linked with the apocalypse, but they surely know a thing or two about constructing grand temples which happen to poke through dense jungle canopies and provide views that are dramatic enough to make you gape with awe-yes, we are talking about the one-time capital of The Mayans, Tikal. Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1979, the region’s claim to fame is its rarest species of flora and fauna, unique ruins, tropical rainforest ecosystems, jaguars, crocodiles, parrots, toucans and more. Remember to book yourself a hike that takes you to fabulous archaeological sites along with an indigenous guide-you may combine it with a trip to the bat cave located at El Zotz.
Volcano hiking, Arenal
Mirador El Silencio Reserve-a primary rainforest, includes a myriad range of old-growth trees like those of trumpet tree Ceiba, and Guarumo. Located at a distance of 5 km from Arenal is one of the most active and youngest volcanoes of Costa Rica. As you move onward with other hikers through thick jungles, the looming presence of Arenal is a constant reminder of the fact that you can be greeted by its top blowing off-anytime! The last such occasion was in the year 1968. You may choose to unwind in hot springs nearby, after your hike!(image by m. )
These and many other great destinations make your adventure trips thrill packed and allow your adrenalin to rush forth -more than ever before!
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