We have put together the iconic destinations to visit in Africa in a lifetime. The destinations we have chosen have something for every traveller whether its for families, couples or honeymooners, we have made sure there is something that appeals to everyone.
The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls are known locally as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which translates as the ‘smoke that thunders’ and this is fitting for the Zambezi River dramatically plunges some 120 metres, at a rate of 550 million litres every minute, into a vast gorge creating spray that rises over 500 metres into the sky. The spray can be seen 20 miles away. Victoria Falls is a must see and should be on everyone’s “bucket list”.
With its unparalleled opportunities or wildlife viewing and seeing Africa at its most untamed, the Serengeti National Park offers a synchrony of beauty and nature like no other place. This world-famous park is renowned for the largest wildebeest and zebra migration on the planet, which is usually triggered by rains in locations many miles away from where they are. This migratory pattern, observed by close to three million animals, is undoubtedly the biggest animal spectacle the world over.
The lakes of the Rift Valley run through the heart of Kenya along the concourse of The Great Rift Valley. The freshwater lakes include; Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Mgadi and Lake Victoria. These are some of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world and are surrounded by wilderness areas and wetlands which provide opportunities to an enormous diversity of wildlife and birdlife. The fish stocks in the lakes have been highly variable over time, influenced by changes in climate, fishing effort and the introduction of invasive species.
The Atlas Mountains are North Africa’s highest range. Stretching six hundred miles diagonally across Morocco, they’re renowned for the beauty of their remote snow-capped peaks and deep gorges. The highest point is Mount Toubkal, which stands at 4,167m above sea level and commands superb view of the High Atlas Mountains. The mountainsides are dotted by remote Berber villages and terraced fields, which are real contrasts to the city of Marrakech.
In the north-west of Botswana, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. While the Okavango Delta is home to relatively few large game animals in comparison to other areas of Botswana, its clear waters and myriad small islands are home to an astounding variety of birds, plants and smaller species of animals.
This vast bushveld ranges for hundreds of miles and has probably the greatest diversity of wildlife and birdlife in Africa, from the might elephants to the tiny field mouse and over 500 species of birds. Luxurious accommodation options are plentiful and you can sleep under the Milky Way with down duvets and percale cotton high in a tree of under Ralph Lauren sheets in a suite with your own heated pool.
The South Luangwa National Park is regarded as one of the most exciting game reserves in the world and the Luangwa Valley is home to a huge variety of animals and birdlife with the numbers around the Luangwa River amongst the most concentrated in Africa. The river is the life-blood of the park and the seasons run around the level of the water with the high season being from April to October.
The Selous Game Reserve is located in the south of Tanzania and is one of the largest game reserves in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reserve was named after Englishman Air Frederick Selous who was a big game hunter and early conservationist. Selous actually died in the area at Beho Beho in 1917 whilst fighting against the Germans during World War I. The Selous covers a total area of wildlife to support its pristine natural conditions. In fact the reserve does not allow permanent human habitation or the building of permanent structures and the number of visitors to the reserve is strictly controlled to retain its natural state.