With landscapes that range from the endless dunes of the Sahara to the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti, if you can be certain of one thing, it’s that a trip to this vast continent will come with its own fair share of adventure.
Africa is wondrously wild, unabashedly untamed, and gloriously beautiful. From the landmarks of Egypt to the jungles of Uganda and the coastlines of South Africa, Africa knows no equal – period.
Welcome to your guide on travelling to Africa. I’ve got you covered, from the best time to visit, how to get there, things to do and places to see, and suggested stays.
Heck, I’ve even thrown in itineraries and a smorgasbord of tips you need to know before you go.
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Where to Stay
Some of the best African vacations happen in South Africa. Its collection of nature reserves and national parks, home to the Big Five, brings you closer to nature than ever. Stay at Palala Boutique Game Lodge and Spa.
Tanzania offers epic wilderness experiences to include in your trip. Here you’ll also find the continent’s most captivating beaches along the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. Stay at The Nest Boutique Resort.
Thanks to its natural beauty, lush jungles, and mountain ranges, Rwanda is an enthralling destination. Seeing gorillas as you trek through the remote Volcanoes National Park is beyond belief. Stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
When you’re travelling to Africa (an entire continent), it’s important that you insure your travels, personal safety, and health. Think of health concerns such as Malaria and Yellow Fever, safety issues such as potential traffic accidents, and, unfortunately, theft or muggings.
You can’t imagine Tanzania without picturing the unbridled beauty and wilderness of the Serengeti National Park. There’s simply no better way to experience all the park offers than on a multi-day Serengeti safari.
While there might be other places in Africa to see these captivating beasts, viewing them within the Kruger National Park during your South Africa itinerary is exceptional. A day of trekking these animals on a game drive is bucket-list-worthy.
Botswana offers a different take on what you’d expect from an African wilderness experience in the mesmerising Okavango Delta. Set out on an authentic Mokoro canoe day tour in search of hippos and, of course, the Big Five.
No African trip would be complete without witnessing the magnificence of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The largest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Beyond sightseeing, indulge in whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River, bungee jump off the bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe and head out on a horseback safari around the falls.
Witnessing one of nature’s most captivating spectacles, the Great Wildebeest River Crossing of the Mara River from Tanzania to Kenya, is an eight-day adventure like no other. Seeing the wildebeest and other migrating animals cross waters is thrilling and a must-see, which peaks in July.
Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains offer pure hiking nirvana, where the sprawling landscapes give way to the Nubian desert sands into Sudan. Resting at the summit of the Rift Valley, you’ll have ample hiking trails to follow and the chance to spot the endemic Gelada Baboons on a day trip from Addis Ababa.
Suggested Africa Itineraries
If you need some inspiration as you travel to Africa, here are some top suggested itinerary picks. These focus on the four most distinct regions of the continent to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Cape Town – Stellenbosch – Mossel Bay – Wilderness – Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Addo Elephant Park
Schlepp out from Cape Town to taste stellar wine and explore South Africa’s wild coastlines.
Kruger National Park – Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls – Windhoek – Namib Desert – Robben Island – Cape Town
Southern Africa at its very best – wildlife, desolated deserts and vibrant cities.
Réserve de la Lopé – Brazzaville – Nouabalé-Ndoki Park – Kinshasa – Parc National des Virunga – Luanda – Lubango
Delve into the heart of Central Africa on this two-week trip.