F1 superstar Sir Lewis Hamilton is tracing his roots to Africa. The seven-time world champion recently swapped his cockpit and hot asphalt for the vast open plains of Namibia and Kenya, as well as the rainforests of Rwanda. Find out more about Hamilton's travel destinations and life-changing off-road adventures below.
Reconnecting with his roots, the 37-year-old sportsman is currently spending his holiday on our beloved continent. Together with his brothers, Hamilton is exploring three of the most breathtaking highlights Africa has to offer.
"This year, I'm spending my summer break doing something I've wanted to do for years. I'm finally tracing my roots through Africa, and guys, to say this journey has been a grounding experience is an understatement. This has been a life-changing reset," the British racing driver posted on Instagram.
Lewis Hamilton: His Most Exciting Ride Yet
His African itinerary started in Namibia, where Hamilton took to the skies in a hot air balloon through the Sossusvlei area.
"My first stop was Namibia, one of the most stunning places I've ever seen with my own eyes. Words and pictures do not do it justice. The hot air balloon ride was surreal. We had to land sideways, which is definitely something I'll never forget. I could not think of a better place to spend this time off."
Namibia is one of our most popular travel destinations in Southern Africa. Have a look at our tour ideas to start planning your own tailor-made adventure in the desert.
Besides hot air ballooning at sunrise, you can explore the dunes on a guided nature drive or walk. There are so many little wonders to discover and, surprisingly, many desert-adapted animals to admire. While staying at one of the best lodges in the Namib Desert, you can also look forward to one of the best stargazing experiences on the planet.
Second Stop: Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Well, Namibia isn't the only destination on Hamilton's travel list. In Rwanda, he embarked on one of Africa's biggest adventures – gorilla trekking. And just like our guests, he was wowed by the experience.
"How does one describe such an experience that leaves you so speechless? My second stop was Rwanda. We were welcomed with smiles and music from the beautiful Rwandan people. This trip really showed me how diverse and rich in culture it is here. We hiked up through beautiful green fields where children would sing to us and up a volcano where we found gorillas. What a sight it was to see them in their natural habitat relaxed and protected by the community around them. This is where they should be, in their own homes, free to live their lives in peace. It was a profound and truly moving experience. I'm in love with this country. Thank you for having us, I can't wait to come back."
Final Stop: Kenya
Last but not least, Lewis Hamilton and his family travelled to Kenya, where he witnessed the Great Migration. This time of year, the giant wildebeest, zebra and antelope herds leave the Serengeti in Tanzania and head north. Before they reach the Maasai Mara National Reserve, they must cross the Mara River – always a spectacular sighting! For the ultimate East Africa experience, take a look at these tour ideas.
Let’s Protect Africa’s Wildlife
While exploring Kenya, Hamilton also visited an animal sanctuary. Protecting Africa's wildlife and saving endangered species from extinction is one of core purposes here at Rhino Africa.
"Thank you to the wonderful people at the Reteti Animal Sanctuary for not only hosting us but, more importantly, dedicating their time to rescue, research and conservation. They're the first indigenous community owned and run sanctuary in Africa, and the work they do for these animals should be an inspiration to us all. They take in orphaned animals who likely wouldn't make it on their own and release them back into the wild when they're strong enough. This was a truly centering experience, one that reinforces that we all share this planet. We're not above animals, we're with them. More often, we're guests in their homes. Every day in the motherland is more beautiful than the last."
Reconnecting with Family, Reconnecting with Africa
A trip to Africa is a life-changing event. Even for a world champion.
"I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers who I've shared this special journey with. Everywhere I look, I'm surrounded by so much beauty, and I feel truly re-centred and at peace," explains Lewis Hamilton on his Instagram account.
Would you like to follow in Hamilton's footsteps? Contact our Travel Experts today to start planning your dream holiday in Africa. We can't wait to welcome you to our amazing continent!
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