It’s hard to think of a more evocative, utterly beautiful and culturally rich part of the world than Africa, for so many reasons. Thankfully, this vast and diverse continent (that covers no less than 20% of the Earth’s entire land mass) has – to varying degrees – long shed its immediate association with negative headlines, or humanitarian aid. Today’s Africa still has its challenges, of course, but is increasingly emerging as one of the ultimate travel destinations with its boundless natural wonders, irreplaceable wildlife, history that spans back to the origins of our species and a catalogue of top-class hotel and lodge experiences to enjoy in the most spectacular of settings.
What’s more, any continent that’s home to 1.2 billion people – the second largest native population on the planet – is bound to offer up its fair share of cultural intrigue, traditions and heritage for wide-eyed visitors to admire. Anyone on a tailormade tour of Africa will certainly not be disappointed there! From the Zulu, Xhosa or Tsonga tribes in South Africa, to the Maasai or Himba peoples in Kenya and Namibia, these are just a snapshot of the 3,000+ separate tribal groups that dwell across Africa. Each have their own dance and rituals, beliefs, diet, ceremonies, deities and day-to-day lifestyles that are a joy to directly witness first-hand, or simply permeate through the wider cultural norms of wherever you are staying.
Of course, any luxury African tour, no matter which incredible destination you settle on, is often as much about the wildlife and one-off landscapes as it is the cultural intrigue, with unbeatable safaris, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters and luxury tented lodges available across the continent. Among the most popular and easily accessed safari tours in Africa are those of Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa, with natural highlights including the Zambezi and Victoria Falls; the Masai Mara; Serengeti and the Great Wildebeest Migration; Okavango Delta and Kruger National Park, respectively. The list of unique safari moments is then as good as endless, with so many opportunities to witness lions, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, giraffes, water buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, crocodiles and hippos in their native habitats. Nothing compares to the feeling of perspective, you’re a visitor to their world, not the other way around.
And that’s just the start, as although the most famous safari options in Africa are seeking the big five, often staying in luxury safari camps with 4x4 vehicles, boats and guides on-hand, you can delve still further with remote gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda or hike to lookout points in Ethiopia, among countless more outdoor adventures throughout these lands. Let’s also not forget that around every stretch of coastline you have world-class beach retreats and watersports, then the Winelands and Garden Route of South Africa, while in the north there are the spice markets and riads of Morocco, the ancient sites and pyramids of Egypt too, making a trip to Africa as good as incomparable with anywhere else.
For all these reasons, the well-travelled and always up-to-date Elite Travel Concierge specialists are perfectly placed to pick out just the right options for you, whether safari game drives or trekking, luxury lodges or modest eco-camps, time with a local tribe or the bustle of Cape Town; your African odyssey awaits.