Africa is a vast and varied continent, offering such a wealth of experiences that you may feel you don’t even know where to begin. That’s where your personal travel manager comes in, working with you to determine the best options based on your budget, interests and time available, tailoring an itinerary that’s just right for you.
From Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe; from the flat expanse of the Okavango Delta to the towering peaks of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco: the hardest part of your trip may be deciding which part of Africa to focus on. Soak up the ancient architecture of Egypt and Jordan or the famed landscapes of Kenya and Mozambique; venture into the cloud forests of Uganda or the desert expanses of Namibia and Morocco; seek out the Big Five in the game reserves of South Africa or relax on the beaches of Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Africa offers so many amazing accommodation options, ranging from luxury hotels to basic bush camps; game lodges to full service camping. For game viewing, in many cases the closer you are to the animals, the higher the price tag: you can watch hippos wallowing in a waterhole from the privacy of your own open-air bathtub or have breakfast in the company of resident giraffes, but you should expect to pay for the privilege.
Soaring above Kenya’s Masai Mara at dawn in a hot air balloon or taking a sunset riverboat cruise on the Zambesi; riding a camel across the Saharan dunes in Morocco or heading out on a game drive in a converted Land-Rover: every experience comes with a different mode of transport. Some of the more remote game lodges are only accessible by private plane, but the wealth of game on offer makes it worth the extra expense, or you can treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury transport: an overnight journey on South Africa’s fabled Blue Train.
A classic safari experience, staying in a lodge or camp and participating in game drives at various times of the day is one option, but you can also choose a mobile safari where you set up camp in a different location each night, a walking safari or even a canoe safari. There are also family-friendly safari options, with village visits and junior ranger activities making the experience even more memorable for the younger members of the group.
As well as incredible scenery, unforgettable wildlife encounters and enriching cultural experiences, your time in Africa also provides the opportunity to support some of the conservation initiatives that are dedicated to preserving these wonders for future generations. Examples include the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which is working with mountain gorillas in Rwanda and lowland gorillas in the Congo, the Save the Rhino Trust which is working to protect black rhino in remote areas of Namibia, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, whose work includes rescuing and hand-rearing orphaned rhinos and elephants in Kenya.
Africa is a destination that everyone should experience at least once, but be warned: one visit may not be enough! Ask your personal travel manager for help in putting together your dream itinerary.