Africa creates some of travel’s most exciting opportunities, but also it delivers some of the most exclusive experiences, where the privileged traveller can sometimes believe that they are in their own private adventure, at one with the spectacle of wild, untouched landscapes.
From the barren deserts of the Kalahari to the dark, impenetrable forests of Uganda, and the fertile grasslands of the savannah in between there is a kaleidoscopic choice of terrain in which to pitch your tent (in Africa the tented safari camp experience has been elevated to a level of luxury that some 5 star hotels might find hard to match!).
East Africa has a rich tradition of safari. In Kenya and Tanzania, with their open savannahs and celebrated national parks such as the Masai Mara and Serengeti, game viewing is plentiful and the choice of accommodation is impressive both under canvas and in more robust structures. This is a good starting point for the safari experience. Meanwhile, both Uganda and Rwanda are gaining popularity, especially with those wanting to see the gorillas.
Southern Africa in many ways offers much more refined experiences. In Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, the concept of the private safari has been honed to perfection. For instance, why not explore the “leopard” rich banks of the Luangwa River on a 7-night walking safari in eastern Zambia .
South Africa at the foot of the continent offers the most sophisticated infrastructure with the attractions of the Cape, the Garden Route and the Drakensburg regions competing with some of the world’s finest game reserves including the Kruger National Park and its surrounding collection of private concessions.
Africa’s Indian Ocean hotspots
Whilst the Mombasa coastline of Kenya has attracted beach-lovers for many years, there have been exciting developments of more “off the beaten track” destinations starting with the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania and most recently the remote islands of Benguerra and Bazaruto in Mozambique. Of course, the real hidden gem is the island of Madagascar, a world dislocated from the African mainland, home to beguiling lemurs, rich fauna and golden sands.