There are so many wonderful travel destinations around the world to chat about that we have decided to focus on Africa and its amazing choice of exciting travel opportunities. Africa includes safari tours, wilderness trails, pristine beaches and islands, forests and mountains, deserts and lakes. Africa is brimming with wildlife and conservation areas, game reserves and open spaces. Africa is the birthplace of humankind. Take a look at these travel destinations around the world, with a focus on southern Africa.
Botswana is one of those bucket list destinations around the world where unforgettable wildlife and breath-taking natural scenery make your holiday even more worthwhile. Enter Chobe National Park and you experience the second largest park in Botswana, complete with the biggest elephant population in Africa (some 30 000 creatures)! The park is also famous for its lions, herds of water-adapted antelope and awesome Fish Eagles. Climb on board the Zambezi Queen, your floating home for a few days, and explore the majestic Chobe River from your luxury vantage point. World class service and nouvelle cuisine, sundowner boat cruises, visits to local villages and tiger fishing. This house boat is 45mlong and three storeys high, a relaxed way to explore the environment away from other tourist spots.
Fly to Mauritius for a unique holiday sprawled on a dazzling white beach and the azure ocean tickling your toes. Make this fantasy your reality when you choose Mauritius as your next travel destination. Enjoy a life a leisure on one of the gorgeous palm fringed beaches on this tropical island paradise. Did you know that Mauritius is a cultural melting pot, home to people from Asian, European and African descent? Or that this is a paradise for mountain bikers and hikers who can explore the mountains that loom over the ocean. The Creole cooking is fantastic, and you can find Chinese, Indian, French and African influences on the island too. Book into Beachcomber Le Canonnier on Mont Choisy Beach and revel in its beautiful 7ha of tropical gardens just 5 km away from Grand Bay. A former military site, the ground on which Le Canonnier stands is peppered with relics including an 18th century lighthouse that was innovatively converted into a kids’ club, the ancient fort as well as cannons from which the resort derives its name.
From sandy beach to sandy desert – Namibia is that fascinating travel destination in Africa where contrasting vistas, temperatures and landscapes compete with a fascinating history and rich culture. Explore this land of wildlife, huge deserts, the Skeleton Coast and adventure activities. Find yourself at peace in the second least populated country in the world and the only African country to have the highest population of free roaming cheetahs. We have the ideal safari for you to explore the famous Sossusvlei dunes region of Namibia on the Wings over Namibia tour. Come and see the towering red dunes of Sossuvlei plus the Big 5 of Etosha in an easily doable 6-night safari for only US$3 242 per person sharing, including 2 game drives daily. One of your camps will be the Little Kulala Camp in Sossusvlei, a cleverly designed lodge that literally blends into the red dunes and offers ultra-luxurious fittings including private plunge pools, outside showers and air-conditioning. You can choose to sleep out under the stars on a private rooftop!
A trip to Africa has to include South Africa as one of your must-see travel destinations. This southern-most tip of the continent boasts miles of unspoilt beaches protected by the Blue Flag conservation project, some of the best wines and vineyards in the world in the extensive Cape winelands, fantastic safaris to see wildlife and conserved landscapes in huge game reserves such as Kruger National Park, the regal mountains of the uKhahlambe-Drakensberg and the rolling hills and farmlands of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. Namaqualand for flowers, Durban and Jeffries Bay for surfing, Hermanus for whales, the Karoo for solitude and Gauteng for some great nightlife. South Africa has it all. Stay in the breath-taking Eastern Cape at Shamwari Sarili Lodge and expect great game viewing, mind-boggling scenery and service and environmentally-friendly private villas with large decks overlooking the Bushman’s River. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, stretches 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.
Zimbabwe is not far from South Africa and still remains a beautiful travel destination despite its social, economic and political issues. A safe and fascinating country to visit, Zimbabwe boasts a well-developed tourism industry and infrastructure with many world class game lodges and incredible wild life sightings for all travellers. You can be one of the increasing numbers of visitors who are venturing back to Zimbabwe to revel in its natural beauty and friendly people. If you are looking for a riveting holiday that combines wildlife, adventure and culture, Zimbabwe should make your shortlist.
Try some crazy white water rafting on the Zambezi, or walk with lions in Victoria Falls followed by a visit to the Great Zimbabwe ruins. And the country offers 8 stunning game reserves with fantastic accommodation and plentiful wildlife. Why not book into Big Cave Camp in the south, a base from which to make the most of wonderful game viewing and a great introduction to Bushmen rock art? Seven exquisite A-frame chalets merge into the prehistoric boulders on the crest of a giant granite rock on this 2 000-acre private wilderness area, with excellent views across the hills of Matobo Hills National Park. Enjoy game drives and walking safaris to view white and black rhino and discover that Matobo boasts the greatest diversity and highest density of birds of prey worldwide. Look out for the Black Eagle and the sought-after Cape Mackinder’s Eagle Owl.
We could highlight many more travel destinations for you to consider on your meanderings around the world. Focusing on Africa is a great way to start and we offer many more exciting destinations for you to consider. Simply contact one of our travel consultants for more information.