Africa is the worlds second largest and second most popular continent and is a continent that truly makes the heart race. No where else on Earth will you find the diversity of topography, people, wildlife and culture. But if you need a little extra persuading to visit Africa, we have narrowed down just 10 reasons why you should make an effort to visit this beautiful continent.
Whale Watching in South Africa offers you the best land-based viewing of the earth’s largest mammal. The Southern Right Whale visits South Africa annually from May to December to mate and clave. The whales enjoy the warm South African waters, and can easily be seen from the shoreline, whilst you can also get up close and personal with the whales on board a boat from Cape Town, or at points along the Garden Route. You may also get the chance to see Great White Sharks, Turtles and Dolphins.
Africa is well known for being the birthplace of the Safari and has the most wildlife in the world. Game-viewings are available by vehicle, on foot, by boat, canoe, and balloon or even on top of an elephant! A game-drive in Africa gives you the chance to see different types of wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals you are likely to see on game-viewings include: lion, giraffe, elephant, zebra, rhino and loads more plus a wonderful variety of birdlife.
In Africa there are fewer than 700 endangered mountain gorillas. These endangered gorillas can only be found in some areas of Africa, for example, the Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda and the Parc des Virungas in The Congo. If you do ever get the chance to go on these treks, you will need both luck and stamina on your side, however you will get an unforgettable and life-changing experience as you sit and watch these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
Africa is an unforgettable golfing destination, a must-go for all those travellers who are golf mad!! When in Africa and playing golf, it is completely different to playing it anywhere else in the world – you can even include a safari game-drive before or after your game of golf. Destinations to try for an unforgettable golfing holiday are South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The African cuisine is very different to anywhere else on earth and takes a selection of influences from different continents all over the world. You can try anything from Arabian-influenced curries to the traditional Southern African cuisine. The many luxury properties scattered across Africa offer fine dining experiences where you can also get a real experience of traditional African food and wine. During a stay in South Africa we highly recommend a trip to the Cape Winelands, near Cape Town, where they make wines that are amongst the world’s finest wines – this really is a must-do experience for any wine enthusiasts..
Africa has warm and clear waters, with coral reefs full with marine life. With the clear water, it gives divers an excellent experience to see the marine life in their natural habitat. Some of the best diving experiences in Africa include the Indian Ocean waters and lakes around northern KwaZulu, the beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, off the coast of east Africa in Kenya, or the many islands dotted around the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles. The variety of marine life found in Africa is huge, from Turtles to Dolphins and the Rare Dugong.
Africa has gorgeous white sandy beaches, with turquoise sea waters and iconic palm trees swaying in the slight breeze. Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles have the worlds most beautiful beaches, whilst the coastlines of Kenya, Tanzania and also South Africa offer the opportunity too add a luxury beach hideaway into your African itinerary.
if relaxation is what you want when you are travelling in or to Africa, there are many world-class Spas you can choose from. An outdoor Spa therapy amongst wildlife is offered at some properties and you can have treatments made from natural products from areas in South Africa. The best Spa destinations in Africa include South Africa, Zanzibar, Mauritius and The Seychelles. Enjoying a few treatments at one of the Spas in Africa will ensure you return back to everyday life fully recharged.
One of the best ways to see the African countryside is to sit back and relax in style on board one of the luxury train journeys available. On board these luxury “hotels on wheels” you will enjoy an unforgettable experience of style and service. Some key trips include journeys from both Cape Town and Victoria Falls to Pretoria, from the Kruger Park to Durban, and also along South Africa’s renowned Garden Route. This is truly one of the best ways to see Africa.
Your honeymoon has to be one of the best, if not the best holiday you ever go on in your life time. Within Africa you can enjoy private game-drives, within private game reserves, private hideaway romantic hotels and lodges in special locations and also private untouched beaches. Your honeymoon can be as personal as you like in Africa.