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Africa

A continent thrumming with life but dense with heat and silence.

Vast and unknowable yet amiable and engaging. A complex history yet a simple way of life. The thronging cities vie for your attention among the enormous wildernesses, the natural bounty, and the wildlife. Serious wildlife. Unmissable, unmatched opportunities to get eye to eye with creatures large and small in their natural habitat. Yet beyond the safaris and sundowners there's a wealth of other enriching experiences to behold. African music in Senegal. Mountain trekking in Ethiopia. Tribal experiences just about everywhere. Sophisticated foodie culture in South Africa. Come and be dazzled by the wildlife, certainly - but put the binoculars to one side and you will be amazed at the potential of this enigmatic continent.

Highlights

Desert encounters (Namibia)
The otherworldly appeal of this desert country lies in the shifting sands, huge skies, unique wildlife and the tribal heritage of the San Bushmen. This is Africa for adventurers.

Gorillas in the mist (Uganda)
Trek into the hills to witness the magnificence of the endangered silverback gorillas at play in their natural habitat. This is one of those truly awesome experiences never to be forgotten.

Quintessential Africa (Tanzania)
With so many classic African experiences all conveniently located in the same country, Tanzania is a great all round destination. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Zanzibar Island and the Ngorongoro Crater are all here, waiting to be explored.

Lalibela (Ethiopia)
The reality outstrips the hype in this Ethiopian town laden with spiritual significance. Christian rituals and celebrations are marked by the faithful in a timeworn display of devotion among ancient churches hewn from the very bedrock. Breathtaking.

The wine routes (South Africa)
Take a spin into the Cape Winelands, a winning blend of fabulous scenery, characterful Cape Dutch architecture and superb wines. Choose from several wine routes, stopping off at the estates and sampling their wares. Cheers!

Vic falls (Zambia, Zimbabwe)
The local name for the falls translates as The Smoke that Thunders, which gives an idea of the sheer drama of Victoria Falls. The sight of the Zambezi River plunging off a cliff is astonishing and exciting. For an even closer look, brave a dip in the Devil’s Pool right on the lip of the falls.


When to go

Often warm and sunny, most of Africa is appealing all year round. The very best time to go depends on what you plan to do on your trip. The ideal season to hit the beach may not be the best period for wildlife - depending on your destination - so put some thought into your priorities. Generalising and simplifying an entire continent’s climatic situation is never going to give an accurate picture of local conditions, but if you wish to cover more than one country on your African adventure and ensure you catch some wildlife along the way, June to October are the safest bets. This is the dry season, and temperatures are cooler on the whole. Wildlife watching is most reliable towards the end of the dry season when vegetation is thinner and animals are forced by the rising temperatures and drying land to congregate at watering holes. If there is a specific natural spectacle you wish to witness, for example the wildebeest migration, or the Namaqualand blooms, you are tied more closely to a timeslot. In short, there is no shortage of drama in Africa all year round.

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