Africa

The wonder of Kenya’s wildlife safaris, Egypt’s treasured monuments and South Africa’s picturesque coasts.

Africa – An Adventure of a Lifetime

Are you looking for a fun and exciting adventure? There is no other place in the world that compares to Africa. With so many things to see and do, the only problem is deciding what to do first. Can you picture yourself relaxing on the sun-soaked shores of Boulders Beach, near Cape Town? Watch out for the penguins though, because they also share those same beautiful blue waters. See these amazing creatures up close and personal as they waddle around and swim with you at the beach. Perhaps you would rather safari through East Africa where you will encounter legendary wildlife such as giraffes, elephants, and lions. Can you imagine taking a camel ride across the Sahara desert? Don’t forget to tour the Nile River while you’re there.

Africa truly has something for everyone. Are you fascinated by ancient history, take a walk back in time through the pyramids of Cairo in Egypt. For the sportsman, there are the many mountains of Africa to hike and trek, from the breath-taking, snow-capped, volcanic Mount Kilimanjaro to awe inspiring Mount Kenya. Discover what it feels like to swim to the edge of a waterfall, explore white-water rafting, or bungee jump off a bridge. All these things await you at Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

If you are up for a calmer sightseeing adventure, consider spending a day or two exploring the colorful markets and museums of Casablanca. While in Casablanca, be sure to try and catch a glimpse of the magnificent architectural designs of Palais Royal or Cathedrale Sacre-Couer. At night, enjoy a scenic walk along the La Corniche beach, which is lined with restaurants, exclusive clubs, and pools.

These are just a few of the many amazing things to do in Africa. Whichever escapade you choose, whether a wildlife safari or a visit to one of Africa’s picturesque beaches, or both, it will indeed be an adventure of a lifetime!

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Africa at a Glance

With over 50 beautiful countries to choose from, it's impossible to see all Africa has to offer in a single trip. We often look over some spectacular destinations simply because we don't have time to visit them all. Here are some of our favorite forgotten countries, ones you won't want to miss once you return to the unique continent that is Africa!

Algarve Coast

Gorgeous beaches, warm water, and glorious sunshine year-round, Algarve Coast is the dream holiday. Traces of Moorish presence are still seen in its unique terraces, chimneys and whitewashed houses. This charming region has idyllic temperatures, which are ideal for playing sports. The region has fig trees, orange groves, almond trees, long stretches of fabulous sandy beaches, extraordinary red cliffs, and fantastic grottoes. Attractions in the Algarve Coast include: cathedrals, chapels, and churches; museums; medieval monuments and ruins; modern monuments; flat-roofed houses; and Prince Henry's navigation school. Places of interest include: Lagos, Faro, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, Sagres, Silves, and Tavira.

Benin

Benin has the hottest attractions in West Africa - the stilted fishing villages in the lagoon near Porto Novo. It's the kind of place that hides its best features. Be patient and observant to glimpse many of the cultural highlights of Benin. Beninese food is possibly the best in the region, and is widely available. Voodooism and fetishism are still widely practiced and many of the associated artifacts attract visitors.

Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

The most powerful attraction of Côte d'Ivoire (also known as the 'Ivory Coast') is its people, so this is the place to be for African history, art or music. There's also a lot of physical beauty, from towering mountains to fishing villages, easily reached on some of the best roads in Africa.

East London

On one of the loveliest stretches of the Eastern Cape's magnificent Indian Ocean coastline, East London is South Africa's only river port city, set beside broad Buffalo River. It's an attractive and young-at-heart place that preserves architectural and other intriguing reminders of its past British connections (try the shopping in Oxford Street!). The beautiful beaches, pubs, shops and restaurants of Latimers Landing waterfront and exhilarating scenery of the spectacular and unspoilt Wild Coast are all worth visiting. The city is site of an art gallery, zoo, and aquarium. The first known specimen of a coelacanth, a fish thought to have been extinct for several million years, was caught in 1938 near East London and is preserved in the city museum.

Madagascar

Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world, lies in the Indian Ocean off Mozambique's coast and includes several much smaller islands. A central chain of high mountains, the Hauts Plateaux, occupies more than half the main island and is responsible for the marked ethnic, climatic, and scenic differences between the east and west coasts. The narrow strip of eastern lowlands is largely covered by dense rainforests, whereas the broader western landscape is mostly savannah. Much of Madagascar's flora and fauna is unique to the island.

Mauritius

Mauritius is the most accessible island in the Indian Ocean, boasting as much tropical paradise as Maui or Martinique at a bargain price. Though nestled up alongside Africa, it's actually more influenced by British and French ties and massive Indian workforce. Enjoy a dish of curried chickpeas or a nice Yorkshire pudding on the terrace of a French café, sipping imported wine or a thick malty ale while listening to Créole music and the conversation of locals in any number of lingoes. Its range of visitors facilities ranges from pamper-happy beach resorts and organised excursions to locals who'll put visitors up in their homes and rent their cars for daytrips. Visitors looking for a lazy beach vacation shouldn't forget the rambling interior and multicultural capital Port Louis.

Morocco

Morocco has been mythologised for good reason. Travelers extol the country's unique living history, its shimmering light and its extraordinary art. An easy hop from Europe, it is hectic but friendly and stimulating as well, the ideal African starting point for the traveler. Open-air markets throughout the country are piled high with rugs, woodwork, jewelry and leather - said to be the softest in the world. The old romantic notions of a conservative nation steeped in Islamic and feudal history now clangs with a contemporary reality.

Mossel Bay

Beautiful Mossel Bay is a coastal village and harbor of the World Famous Garden Route. This popular holiday town is blessed with mild climate year round and its status as historical capital of the Garden Route. Today, mussels, which give the harbor its name, are gathered in Mossel Bay each spring and are rated among the finest in the world. Due to its rich history, there are many museums housed in historical buildings to visit for maritime and sailing, fresh specimens of wild flowers, shells, and history. There are others, such as the Shirley Buildings, the Munrohoek Cottages and many others which may be visited. One of the most popular attractions is the Post Office, a National Monument estimated to be more than 800 years old. Mossel Bay is sportsman's and waters sport enthusiast's paradise. Water sports available include shark cage diving, ship wreck diving, snorkeling, power boating and others.

Namibia

Namibia has always been a country of superlatives. Dragon's Breath is the largest subterranean lake in the world, Hoba meteorite is the biggest ever found, Gibeon meteorite shower is the largest ever discovered, Namib Desert is the oldest desert and is also the only desert in the world with elephant, lion, giraffe and rhino. Red sand dunes at Sossusvlei are regarded as the highest in the world. Namib desert is also home to one of the oldest living fossil plants, the Welwitschia mirabilis. Namibia has the largest free-roaming cheetah population in the world. The country is also the youngest democracy in the world - with protection of the environment in its constitution. One attraction of Namibia is famous Etosha National park with its abundant wildlife, enormous and magnificent Fish River Canyon. Namibia is a peaceful land of old traditions, ancient tribes and modern infrastructure.

Richards Bay

This busy port presents two contrasting aspects of Kwazulu-Natal's exciting wildlife heritage. The coastal St. Lucia Game Reserve is a fascinating wetland reserve with some of the world's highest forested dunes - and game including black rhino and South Africa's largest hippo and crocodile populations, as well as flamingo and other exotic birdlife. Inland extends the huge Hluhluwe Game Reserve which supports Africa's greatest concentration of white and black rhino - as well as lion and elephant.

Seychelles

Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The principal island of Mahe has a population of about 50,000. The two other islands with significant permanent populations are Praslin and La Digue. Among the 115 islands of the Seychelles you will find the luxuriant, tropical paradise that appears in countless advertisements and glossy travel brochures. But however seductive the images, they simply can’t compete with the real-life dazzling beaches and crystal-clear waters. There are more shades of blue and green in the Seychelles than it is possible to imagine. Forming a backdrop to the relaxed tropical image of the Seychelles are the rhythms, colors and flavors of Africa and gris gris, the local brand of black magic.

Tanzania

Tanzania not only has the highest mountain in Africa, (Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet) but the longest and deepest lake, Tanganyika, which is over 4,000 feet deep and harbors many exotic looking species that exist only here. Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake covering over 362,000 square miles, also borders this country. Remote beaches far north and south of Dar are beautiful. Zanzibar has undergone a total facelift within the past decade, with many new hotels, renovated historical structures, and much improved infrastructure. Mafia and Pemba Island have nice resort lodges and facilities for scuba divers. For many years most tourists were confined to a Northern Circuit, but now there are new lodges in the south, especially in the Selous, the largest game reserve this side of Lake Chad.

Tunisia

Tunisia is real deserts with beautiful oasis, old cities, lots of carpets and fine beaches. Good climate, warm people and good opportunities makes Tunisia a popular destination. One striking features of a visit to Tunisia is that every city seems really old. The Phoenician, Carthagenian, Byzantic, Roman, Arab, Turkish and French empires all left their beautiful traces here. Tunis and Carthage date back to pre-Roman times. El jem has its own Coliseum. The coast of Tunisia is beuatiful. Towns like Mahdia, Sousse, Sfax, and Monastir are worth a visit. The beaches are nice. The west is rugged mountain land. One of the coolest things to do here is take the 'lezard rouge' in Metlaoui - a train from 1920 that winds its way through mountain gorges. South Tunisia is mostly desert. A striking sight in this region are cave dwellings in Matmata - where Star Wars was filmed! The island of Jerba is also a great place to go in the south.

Zambia

Zambia has excellent national parks teeming with birds and other animals, as well as the spectacular Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Apart from sightseeing, these places are also centers for activities ranging from canoeing to white-water rafting and bungee jumping. For independent travellers Zambia is still a challenge - distances are long, and getting around takes persistence, particularly once you get off the main routes. But for many people, the challenge is the main attraction. Without a doubt, in Zambia you come pretty close to finding the 'real' Africa.

Top African Experiences

The Great Pyramids of Giza

It wouldn't be a proper visit to Egypt without experiencing the Great Pyramids of Giza and The Great Sphinx outside of Cairo. Today, it is the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

Cosmopolitan Cape Town

From the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the lively V&A Waterfront and the award winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city that has something for everyone.

Float down The Nile

Whether you’re a couple on a honeymoon, or a multigenerational family with the grandkids, a cruise down the Nile brings all of the wonders of Egypt to your fingertips. View the Valley of the Kinds and Temples of Luxor from various ports along the way.

Going to Safari

Visit Kruger National Park and the surrounding reserves to witness some of the world’s most spectacular animals, including the Big Five: elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.

Visiting Victoria Falls

Locally called “Mosi-oa-Tunya”—meaning the smoke that thunders—the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River are 5,604 feet wide, forming the largest curtain of water in the world.

Family on the Cape

The Cape is the first Africa stop for many families. Self-drive trips in the Cape enable you to travel at your own pace—exploring family-friendly destinations, such as the Addo Elephant Park and the forests and beaches of Tsitsikamma National Park.

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