No one likes to work while on holiday. In fact, according to a study conducted by Harvard University in 2018, working during your scheduled holiday time can be counter-productive to your overall productivity.
However, that does not mean that you cannot have fun during your business or work trips.
Although your holiday time should not involve work, your work time can double up as a holiday.
Making your business trips fun can ramp up your creativity and productivity. That realization is what led to the coined phrase ‘Bi-leisure travel.’
As most business travelers have realized, work vacations are also an excellent opportunity to squeeze in some fun holiday time while visiting an exotic destination.
A successful work holiday requires adequate planning and a meticulous selection of the ideal destination.
It should be a place that inspires calm and focus while working yet has enough exciting and adventurous opportunities to rejuvenate and inspire you. Below are the five best African safari destinations worth your consideration.
Kenya is the top choice for visitors in search of an African adventure. With more than forty national parks and game reserves, each with an abundance of wildlife species, it is easy to see why Kenya is the most preferred safari destination.
While in the country, you can look forward to meeting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, and Leopard) and hundreds of other animal species in their wild habitat.
Of particular interest is the Maasai Mara, which hosts the annual wildebeest migration, a spectacle so immersive it has been hailed as one of the wonders of the modern world.
Besides the exciting wildlife excursions, the country also has plenty of award-winning beaches with thrilling watersports and marine adventures on offer.
Some of the great activities you can hope to indulge in while visiting the Kenyan coast include snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, swimming, dolphin watching safaris, kite surfing, and deep-sea diving.
Kenya’s territorial waters have over 400 species of fish and present you with a fascinating snorkeling experience. On the other hand, fishing enthusiasts have an opportunity to reel in a big catch, from sailfish, blue marlin, swordfish to sharks.
The country is also endowed with transport infrastructure, a wide road and rail network, world-class airports, and a widespread 4G telecommunication network.
Game drives in top Kenya destinations are done using luxurious and comfortable off-road vehicles such as the Jeep wrangler, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota land cruisers, and more. At the end of the day, you will still be energetic and ready to work if need be.
Madagascar is an island country famed for its ecological diversity. So much so that it has earned itself the moniker “the eighth continent.”
It has a mixture of attractions, from national parks populated with some of the world’s most rare and endangered animal species to historical and cultural sites.
The most famous national park is the Ranomafana National Park, home to the endangered golden bamboo lemur, a tiny adorable orange-furred mammal that thrives on cyanide-rich bamboo.
The country’s parks also have an immense variety of colorful birdlife. This island nation also has a picturesque coastline and a 60-mile coral reef that keeps the rough waters and sharks off the beach.
It is an ideal place for snorkeling and swimming.
Culture and history enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Royal Hill of the Ambohimanga, a sacred site revered by the Malagasy people. The historical village has been in existence for over 500 years and tells the story of ancient Madagascar.
While in Tanzania, you may choose between going for a laid-back marine coastal adventure in Zanzibar or an immersive wildlife safari in one of the numerous game reserves dotting the country.
The country has a dependable road and telecommunication network, making it a worthy choice for a work vacation.
One of Tanzania’s most famous national parks is the Serengeti National Park, which abuts Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Wild animals go back and forth between the two parks.
However, unlike the smaller Maasai Mara Game reserve, the Serengeti comprises a whopping 14,673 Km2.
That is a stark contrast to the Maasai Mara’s 1,510Km2
For visitors wishing to go on long game drives, the Serengeti is a perfect choice. However, visitors who may be pressed for time may opt for the Maasai Mara as it gives you better chances of encountering different species within a smaller area.
- South Africa
South Africa is a melting pot of diverse cultures, races, and backgrounds.
So diverse is this country that even the national anthem is written in eleven different languages!
Having survived a history of apartheid, the country is rife with stories and iconic places to visit.
Also, unlike other African countries, South Africa experiences four distinct seasons annually.
All these factors combined make South Africa a very flexible destination in terms of choices. You can pick your ideal season and schedule a tour trip around that.
Also, depending on the activities you wish to indulge in, you can structure your trip to fit in with the attractions you want to visit.
One of the more popular attractions is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner for 27 years. Other cultural strongholds include Durban and Soweto.
On the other hand, Kruger national park is the place to be if you are a wildlife enthusiast. For a comprehensive exploration of African safari animals, most travellers choose game drives in Kenya Masai Mara and Kruger National park.
The country comprises cosmopolitan cities with world-class infrastructure, meaning you will enjoy a seamless work-vacation experience.
Morocco has one of Africa’s most well-developed infrastructural setups, including a paved road network, airports, ports, and rail links.
Moroccan culture is a delicious mix of Arab, African, Berber, and Jewish influences.
The Marrakesh Medina is one of the most popular places for tourists as it brings out all of these influences in a spectacular fashion.
It is a marketplace with all sorts of vendors and wares on display. You will find intricate handmade carpets, antique lamps, and all manner of accessories at this market.
Also present are snake charmers, acrobats, and vendors of indigenous food and wares.