• Africa

When it comes to diverse continents, Africa is certainly up there. It’s home to the largest desert on Earth and some of the densest rainforests left. From the soaring heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to the ocean floors around the tropical islands, Africa is breath-taking in its own right. The continent’s landscape alone is enough to make your eyes water with joy, let alone its individual ecosystems and intricate wildlife species that live there. And not to mention, the culture, the food, the weather, and the people that all contribute to making Africa a bucket-list destination.

If you’re looking for a luxury safari experience, then focus your attention on East and Southern Africa. Kenya and Tanzania are home to the Masai Mara National Park and the Serengeti National Park respectively and, as they both share the same ecosystem, provide those iconic savannah landscapes and exceptional wildlife viewing year round. Head further down south, and Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana offer safaris focused around water: with the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, and the Okavango Delta being some of the most spectacular destinations. On the southern tip of the continent is South Africa, home to reserves offering pretty confident big five sightings in beautiful reserves.

For those looking for those truly Unforgettable experiences, Africa is full of them: gorilla trekking with the mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, gliding in a hot air balloon above the open plains of the Serengeti, riding in a helicopter above Victoria Falls, diving with whale sharks in the Indian Ocean, shark-cage diving in Cape Town… the list goes on. There are so many unique experiences – wildlife or not – that will make this a trip of a lifetime. 

Aside from safari, there are destinations with so much rich culture, secluded beaches, and bustling nightlife. From iconic savannahs in the Serengeti National Park, vibrant markets in Morocco, the bustling nightlife of Kampala, and exquisite food and drink experiences in Cape Town – this continent has it all. Although the attention is mostly on the African safari, there is much more to offer. Each destination has its own attractions, sights, cuisines, and unforgettable experiences to offer, and we can help you plan whatever trip you are looking for.

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Gemma

With a Kenyan father, Indian grandparents, and a Portuguese surname, travel is in my blood. I am enthralled by Africa and would happily talk about this diverse continent’s wildlife, cultures and experiences all day, every day.

Gemma

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Africa FAQs

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What is the best time to visit Africa?

Although there are local variations depending on which country you visit in Africa, generally speaking, Africa offers warm and pleasant temperatures year round because of its proximity to the equator. Countries in North Africa like Morocco and Egypt tend to get very hot in the middle of the summer, so shoulder seasons like May or September are attractive. For safari destinations, the period between June and October is generally the best time to visit because it offers a longer, dry season with good game viewing. That said, each national park will have its own microclimate so we can be more specific if you have a destination in mind.

 

Which country in Africa is best for a first safari?

All safari destinations will provide that ‘wow-factor’ to somebody who has never been on safari before, however, there are a few destinations we’d recommend for first-time safaris in particular. Kenya is a great choice and this is because of its ease and accessibility into the Masai Mara. For those traveling from the UK or the US, there are direct flights to Nairobi, and from there, you take a one-hour flight into the Masai Mara to start your safari. The game viewing is also very reliable and offers exceptional guiding, accommodation, and culture too. The second is South Africa. This is because many of the game reserves offer very high chances to see the Big Five (the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). It’s also great value for money and less expensive than other safari destinations.

Where can I go gorilla trekking in Africa?

This is certainly a bucket-list experience and one that is becoming more popular which is great. The mountain gorillas live across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo across the Virunga mountain range. You can trek to see the habituated gorillas in both Uganda (Bwindi Forest) and Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park). The cost of a gorilla permit is $700 per person in Uganda, and $1,400 per person in Rwanda and this money goes directly back into the conservation and protection of the mountain gorillas. A gorilla trek can be combined with a safari too for those looking to extend the trip. 

 

Which are the best safari destinations in Africa?

Where do we start!? There are so many unique and ‘bucket-list’ destinations across Africa. Some of the most iconic parks for a safari include the Okavango Delta (Botswana), the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), the Masai Mara National Park (Kenya), the Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania), and the Kruger National Park (South Africa). Some parks are better suited for different people – such as honeymooners, families, and solo travelers. Other parks are better for specific wildlife species – like wild dog, rhino, or birding. Our experts will recommend destinations that are suited to you – your likes, dislikes, desires, and budget among others. 

 

How much is a luxury Africa safari?

An Africa safari is on many people’s bucket lists but unfortunately, it is not a cheap holiday option. Although prices vary completely on the safari destination itself, the time of year you are traveling, and which accommodation you go for, an entry-level safari would be around the $4,000 per person mark. Although the price of a night on safari may seem high, this will include all of your park fees, conservancy fees, game drives and activities, all meals and drinks (depending on the camp). We will also organize and include the domestic flights within the country so that everything is seamless in a private, personalized tour.

Read our exclusive interviews with conservationists, travel guides and expert safari advice in our Unforgettable Travel Magazine.

 

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