Apart from the unique and impressive wildlife, huge, open spaces and miles of unspoiled natural habitat, there are so many more reasons to visit this special continent. Africa is home to the world’s largest desert, longest river, and tallest free-standing mountain, to name just a few. And with exchange rates generally favorable from wherever you’re travelling, accessing all these unique destinations doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either! Whatever your style, there’s an African safari to suit your budget!
Get glamping in the Sahara!
Remember we mentioned the world’s largest desert? Experience camel treks, camping in luxury tents under the African stars and unique cuisine with a Moroccan glamping experience! While the 4×4 ride out from Marrakech to get to the desert proper is a bit grueling, the sights you come across make the journey well worth it. Desert sunrises offer fantastic photo opportunities for aspiring shutterbugs, traditional Berber music and cuisine adds appeal for fans of cultural experiences, and the adrenalin junkies can try their hand at sand-boarding! This is truly a different kind of African safari, and with a variety of tour operators, hotels and lodges to choose from both in Marrakech and at the Skoura Oasis, this trip can be as affordable or luxurious as your budget allows.
Family fun in Mauritius
While it might not be the first thing you think of when picturing an adventure to Africa, crystal waters and palm-lined beaches are definitely on offer! Zanzibar, Kenya and Mozambique all have simply stunning beaches, but Mauritius has a reputation for really spoiling those with kids in tow. Little ones can experience the beauty of the magnificent coral reefs without even getting in the water with amazing glass bottom trips that are sure to enthrall them and their parents alike, and it’s a great destination for older kids to learn how to snorkel, sail and scuba dive too. Romantic beachfront resorts offer opportunities for mom and dad to reconnect too before you take the kids out on a kayak or paddle boat expedition.
The ultimate romantic getaway
If you’re looking to combine amazing wildlife with a generous sprinkle of romance – think dining and sleeping under the African stars after a day spent watching buffalo, cheetah, lion, rhino, zebra, giraffe, varied antelope and wildebeest – look no further than a safari game lodge. This is perhaps the best way to experience Africa for the first time, with classic game drives, evenings spent around the campfire, and swimming pools for cooling off from the African heat combining to create a holiday that’s both an adventure and a welcome break too!
For the more experienced traveller, a self-drive safari is both an affordable and exiting way to experience the bush under your own steam, so to speak. South Africa’s Kruger Park is an excellent choice for your first self-drive experience, while destinations further north in Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania have great appeal for the more adventurous explorer. Trips generally range from about 12 to 27 days, but the beauty of these experiences is that you get to set the schedule and tailor your adventure to your tastes.
Walking and riding safaris
If you like to combine your holiday with a healthy dose of exercise, then a guided walking safari is one of the best ways to observe wildlife up close and in their natural element. Without the noise of a vehicle, the real music of the African bush can be heard, and small flora and fauna are much more easily observed and appreciated. There’s also a huge undercurrent of excitement to these kinds of experiences, as you never know what majestic creatures you might encounter around the next corner! An increasing number of reserves are also starting to offer these experiences on horseback, another unique way to experience Africa’s natural beauty and create lifelong memories.
Big Five Safari
Africa’s most famous residents, the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino attract millions of visitors each year, and luckily there are a host of African countries where you can encounter them all! Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia are all excellent choices for a safari where you can get to experience these majestic creatures, along with other impressive cast members like giraffe, zebra, hippos, ostrich, crocodile and many, many more.
The hot air balloon experience
It isn’t always possible to appreciate the sheer scope and majesty of the African landscape from the ground – but getting a lift in style with a hot air balloon experience is a truly awesome way to do so!
Whether you like to relax in style, drive off into the sunset, rough it in a tent under the stars or chill out at the beach – Africa offers it all. So make sure to consider this versatile wonderland when planning your next holiday!