Close your eyes and picture a scene of Africa. What is it that you see? Is it the wide, open plains and the migrations of thousands of gazelle? Is it the pyramids at Giza, rising out of the desert like mountains? Or is it the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, glistening in the sunshine? Whatever your vision, it is unlikely that it is an island, for although there are hundreds, if not thousands, of such enclaves dotted in and around the continent, they are amongst Africa’s best kept secrets.
Landlocked Botswana is a country of dramatic contrasts: 70% of its territory is covered by the arid expanse which is the Kalahari Desert; but the Okavango River and its delta bring life to fertile oases, and rich grasslands where wildlife thrives.
Nothing quite says luxury travel like an infinity pool: it’s a striking pinnacle of architectural design, but is also indicative of an extraordinary location. After all, what would be the point of having a pool like this unless the views were worthwhile staring at?
Travelling with teenagers can be a nightmare, but it can also be a great joy: as your children get older, you have fewer and fewer chances to spend quality time together as everyone wants to be off doing their own thing. And then, one day, they’ve flown the nest. Their teenage years are precious times for your family, times when you can shape the adults they become, and the interests they share with you in later years. The challenging part of any family vacation with teenagers is convincing them that they want to spend a week (or longer) away from their friends, computers, and things they find familiar. You then have to overcome the perception that everything parents want to do is boring, and make sure that your holiday itinerary includes something to appeal to every member of the group, whatever their age and interests.
Cape Town is arguably the most exciting city destination in the whole of Africa. Situated in a stunning seaside location with a mountain backdrop, it gets 10/10 for views. The city boasts first rate hotels and a booming restaurant scene, as well as plenty of varied activities to keep you occupied day and night. Whether you are planning a long weekend’s escape, or want to add a city break onto the end of your South African safari, Cape Town is a destination not to be missed.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you plan your holiday based on your star sign, or that you visit a far off planet! Astro-tourism is travel with a star gazing theme, and it’ll take you to some of the last great wildernesses in Africa.
With the worldwide release of Disney’s new Dumbo film, our love of elephants was re-ignited. After watching the film, we asked our safari design team to list their favourite locations in Africa to enjoy encounters with these magnificent creatures. Read on, share with an elephant lover in your life, then let’s chat about which place you might like to add to your next safari!
Conjure up in your mind the wide, open plains of East Africa, the herds of wildebeest on the move, a family of elephants ambling through the mud at the edge of a water hole, and a vast bird circling on the thermals so high in the sky that it appears to be but a pin prick. Where are you? Kenya? Tanzania? How about Malawi? If you want to venture far beyond the crowds and see astounding wildlife in a true, unblemished wilderness, then a safari in under-the-radar Malawi might just be what you're looking for.
There are plenty of inspiring places you might choose to spend Easter, from witnessing the Holy Week processions in Seville, to making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. But if you’re not a practising Christian, or you simply want to enjoy a totally different experience this year, leave a note for the Easter Bunny telling him where to find you and jump on a plane to Africa. It’s the ideal season to explore some of our favourite destinations, and the over commercialisation of Easter seems a million miles away.
The simple answer to that question is the word “passion”. A passionate love for the wild places of Africa and a desire to enable others to experience Africa at its glorious best. A passionate determination to get every safari holiday absolutely right and to organise it with meticulous attention to detail. This was in our DNA when Africa Exclusive was born nearly 30 years ago and it’s still there today. It’s why we have an extraordinarily high degree of client satisfaction and why over half our bookings every year are from returning clients or their friends.
We know from many of our customers that the chance to see big cats up close is one of the main reasons they choose a safari in Africa. And those big cats rarely disappoint: whatever your age, and how ever many lion, tiger, or leopard you have been lucky to see previously on your travels, a close encounter with big cats in the wild will always take your breath away.
Many of us enter into the New Year committing to make changes in our lives for the better, though often those resolutions peter out a few weeks down the line. This year, we thought we would suggest some resolutions which you’ll not only enjoy keeping (making it much easier to succeed until the end of the year!) but will also have a significant, positive impact on the places you go. Read on for our New Year resolutions for responsible travellers.