Africa & Middle East

The big five of Africa

When you think Africa… you’re probably transported to epic scenes of a Lion King style Savannah. Those warm orange sunsets and the big five; iconic lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalo and majestic elephants. However awesome this may be, Africa has even more than just safaris to boast about. Here’s our big five destinations in Africa that you need to discover…

Morocco

We can’t talk Morocco without mentioning the beautiful, sprawling metropoles of Fes and Marrakech. These two towns are a must for any Moroccan tourist. If you have time, take a 4×4 into the Sahara for a night at a desert camp or if you want a slower pace, travel by camel! Morocco is a treasure trove of beautiful destinations and markets to barter at to your heart’s content.Don’t forget the lesser visited Meknes where you can enjoy traditional Moroccan buildings and cuisine (just thinking about tagines is making our mouths water) or the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s Africa’s biggest mountain, we couldn’t not talk about it! For the more active travellers, a scenic hike to the top of this dormant volcano sounds like a dream, right? The joy of the Mt Kilimanjaro hike is its variety of ecosystems. From the lower rainforest slopes, the Helm Glacier to the Lava Tower (a literal tower of lava – very aptly named.)A night hike to the summit via Stella Point allows for incredible sunset scenes at the highest point in Africa. Once that’s wrapped up, begin the descent to Moshi Camp for a celebratory hot shower and a well-deserved drink!

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South Africa

South Africa is ram-packed full of adventures from inland safaris, western beaches to forests and lagoons down the impressive Garden Route. Enjoy vibrant Cape Town’s night life and history – not forgetting a visit to the cutie-pie penguins at Boulders Beach. For the adrenaline junkies, try, the world’s highest bridge bungee, abseiling Table Mountain or even cage-diving with a great white shark! For those seeking a more relaxed holiday vibe, try a wine tour or a stroll along the V&A waterfront.

Onto Johannesburg and beyond… Enjoy a traditional Braai (South African BBQ) followed by a day of vast wilderness (and plenty of wildlife) in the Kruger National Park. If you can, head to Victoria Falls and defy plummeting to the bottom of the Devil’s Pool in Zimbabwe.

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Madagascar

Africa’s largest island Madagascar is equally big in character. Full of wild landscapes, village culture, beaches and lemurs that like to move it move it – this island is perfect for those looking for rustic charm and natural beauty.
Embrace local life in the rustic towns of Antananarivo and Ambalavao while enjoying the beach life in Ifaty, not forgetting the multiple national parks where you can see species of lemurs, chameleons and the rarely spotted blue boa.Must visits are the tombs of the Mahafaly and the extremely photogenic Baobab Alley.

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Zanzibar

The spice islands of Zanzibar are a world of their own. Discover the UNESCO world heritage site, Stone Town, an enticing mix of Arabian, Persian, Indian and European cultures. We highly recommend a guided tour of the spice plantations to understand the island’s history before heading to the beach capital of Nungwi for scuba diving, relaxing and even turtle conservation!If you’re looking to get on the water, cruise on a Swahili boat and soak up the best vantage points in Zanzibar via the Dhow safari.

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