5 dream trips to forget the pandemic
Whoever visits the Maldives agrees with an old legend that says that, at some point, an invisible hand must have taken a piece of Eden and then sprinkled it on our planet, with such success that it masterfully fell in the form of some 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean.
Arranged in 26 atolls in a total territory of 750 km. Across the ocean, the Maldives make up the flattest country in the world. Its white sand beaches, dotted by lush palm groves and coconut trees, have become an exclusive destination where you can disconnect from everyday life and get closer to Paradise. But if the images of its impressive resorts leave us speechless, the seabed that hides behind them has nothing to envy. Thus, the Maldives are the delight of expert divers and apprentices who every year decide to explore its depths, especially in Baa Atoll, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Each of the islands that make up the Maldives is no more than one square kilometer long, becoming small capsules of Paradise with very different properties, with their own natural essence and peculiarities, but determined, in most cases, due to the dimensions and depth of the coral barrier that surrounds them, its atoll and its place in the ocean. Always surrounded by this wonderful lagoon of turquoise tones, you can find some islands with long stretches of sand that are lost in the sea or colorful coral reefs that have become home to hundreds of colorful fish, sharks, rays, turtles. or even the majestic whale shark.
In addition, most of the tourist islands – some 150 approximately – follow the concept of ‘One island, One resort’. Thus, each hotel chain prints its own style and know-how, generating a unique concept and a wide variety of proposals for the destination. Different styles, different facilities and the varied offer of experiences end up configuring the personality of each of these islands where you can enjoy open-air cinemas, a night of glamping under the stars or romantic sunset cruises, among many other activities.
For those who are not familiar with this phenomenon, we clarify that migration consists of a journey that every year thousands of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and other herbivorous species undertake through the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. A circular migratory movement that covers more than 3,000 kilometers and that becomes the epicenter of wild life in the region, since all kinds of predators and scavengers are added to the more than one million animals that make up this voluminous herd. Hence, one of the most impressive moments of any safari, whether in Kenya or Tanzania, is the encounter with Migration and for this it is essential to understand its operation and seasonality.
This cycle of life repeats itself every year with almost magical precision, although in reality the rains and the search for food are the main engines that drive this cycle that never ends. Following the same clockwise direction, the Great Migration begins each year in January, south of the Serengeti by Lake Ndutu. This moment is one of the best to visit Tanzania, as it coincides with the time of birth, a fact that not only increases the number of troops in the different herds, but also that of predators such as lions or leopards, hyenas and other scavengers. Starting in April, rains in Tanzania cause the herds to head northwest towards the Masai Mara in Kenya, where they usually spend a long season between August and October. In November, the way back to the south begins where they will arrive around December to begin this endless cycle again.