Africa

Overview

Africa is a whole different world in one continent.  Baren deserts, wide sandy beaches, colourful markets and unique wildlife-it would be hard not to find what you’re looking for here.  

Every country is different, from the spice filled market stalls of Morocco to the wide open plains of the Serengeti.  You could spend a lifetime exploring this fascinating and beautiful continent.

What To Expect

Eastern Africa: The home of safari and some of the most varied and incredible wildlife.  Travel to Kenya or Tanzania to watch the Great Migration that takes place between July and September, or get adventurous with a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya. Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, and Mauritius are only a short flight from the mainland and are great honeymoon options if you want to combine sightseeing and luxury!

Western Africa: Popular destinations in Western Africa include Cape Verde, Ghana, Gambia and Senegal.  It is often possible to pick up a decently priced package deal to Cape Verde, and is well known as a winter sun destination.

Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Western Sahara are all part of North Africa. Islam is the dominant religion in most of Northern Africa and you’ll be treated to morning and evening chants from the local mosques. It’s famous for its natural wonders like the Sahara Desert, the Nile River, the Red Sea, and the Atlas Mountains.

Central Africa: Due to political instability, Central Africa is one of the least visited regions in Africa for tourists. The Central Africa region is made up of Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, the DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome, Principe, and South Sudan. 

Southern Africa: South Africa itself is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Africa, with some incredible sightseeing opportunities and great safaris.  It’s made up of Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

Top Tips

Visas

Check your visa requirements in advance.  Different countries in Africa have different requirements, so make sure you know what’s what before jumping on your flight.

Vaccinations

Malaria and Yellow Fever: In sub-Saharan Africa, Yellow Fever is a real threat. The vaccination certificate issued by your doctor is a must have.  They will check on entry and if you don’t have it, the airline and country can deport you. For Malaria in Africa, different countries have different strains. Tell your doctor exactly where you are going so they can give you the correct medication.

Respect

Read up on the culture of the country you are visiting before you go and be mindful of this.  Everywhere in Africa is so different, which makes it a wonderful place to visit, but don’t assume that the norms in one country will be the same in another.

The Best Time To Visit

Africa is huge and climate differs significantly from place to place.  Choosing the best time to visit depends on your interests and what you’re hoping to see during your travels.

If you’re planning a safari trip to Africa, the best time to visit is from May to August during dry season. In these months the rains are rare, driving the wildlife to nearby waterholes and making it much easier to spot elusive animals like lions and leopards.

However if you’re a bird lover, November and April is the best time to visit. The weather is hot and wet, and you’ll have incredible bird watching opportunities.

Check out our guide to The Best Tanzania Safari or 1o Days In Kenya to kick start your holiday planning.

Watching the sunrise at Ol Pejeta

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