If your over-riding thoughts of Madagascar are lemurs and more lemurs then it’s time to think again! While these unusual endemic primates are widespread across the country, this Indian Ocean island actually offers far more than that, and the rapidly improving road network and tourism infrastructure is making it an increasingly popular destination for those wanting something just that little bit different.
When you close your eyes and dream of Africa you'll probably see Kenya with its rolling plains, flat topped acacia trees, lakes full of flamingos and Mount Kilimanjaro shimmering in the distance. On a Kenya safari you can float in a balloon above a million wildebeest and zebra making their long migration across the Masai Mara and can listen to the timeless stories of your scarlet clad Maasai guide as you sit around the campfire under a star filled sky.
Enjoy the warm hospitality and unmatched service of Mauritius’ superb beach hotels. There is golf, abundant water sports and glorious sunshine. Combines well with South Africa and Kenya.
Experience the sublime beauty and awesome wildlife of the Okavango Delta. 100,000 elephants and countless cats and plains game roam the savannah plains, deltas and deserts. Stay in exquisite lodges.
Track mountain gorillas through the rainforests of Bwindi. See a thousand species of tropical birds around shimmering rift valley lakes. This is a land of breathtaking beauty and abundant wildlife.
Here the people are so friendly that the country has earned the name “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Like Namibia and Uganda, it tends to be a country that people choose for their second or third visit to Africa. So, this is a country for people who know that they love Africa, and when they do visit, the warm welcome and spectacular scenery will only make that love grow deeper.
Idyllic atolls and volcanic islands strung like jewels across the Indian Ocean. From sooty terns on Bird Island to extravagant North Island this is a place for romance and adventure.
A visit to Rwanda is a truly encouraging experience. You quickly see why it was called “the land of a thousand hills” as the excellent road network winds its way through magnificent mountain scenery. This is one of the most densely populated lands in Africa and every square foot of mountain and valley is carefully used for agriculture creating a vast patchwork of terraced fields.
Looking out the window as you fly down the thousand-mile-long Mozambican coastline you see dozens of idyllic little islands strung in long archipelagos, surrounded by pristine reefs and beaches. They have beguiling names like the Quirimbas, the Bazaruto Archipelago, Azura and Benguerra. If you are seeking a real “civilised desert island” experience, perhaps seeing yourself as a pampered Robinson Crusoe, these islands will fulfil your dream.
The name Zanzibar conjures exotic images of spices, ivory, ancient buildings and a balmy island steeped in history. For 1,200 years Zanzibar’s location made it a centre of trade linking Arabia, Africa, Europe and the East. Arabs, then Persians settled here over 1,000 years ago and for many years the island was a centre for trade in slaves, cloves and ivory. Slaves came from Africa carrying huge elephant tusks until the trade was abolished in the 19th century.
Follow the Great migration across the Serengeti plains. Stand on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where 20,000 animals roam. Track chimpanzees through the remote Mahale rainforests.
Namibia has the world’s most spectacular and varied desert landscapes. Nowhere else do you see desert elephant moving silently through desolately beautiful valleys. No other desert has a Skeleton Coast where great Atlantic waves pound a burning shore littered with shipwrecks where only giant seal colonies and hungry jackals live. Discover the world’s highest dunescapes, Bushmen rock art, remote Himba tribes, the world’s second deepest canyon and the vast Etosha Saltpan where thousands of animals roam.
A world in one country. Africa’s best malaria free safaris. Battlefields of the Boer and Zulu wars. Explore Cape Town and country house hotels of the magnificent winelands.
If you love the thought of a slow immensely fascinating three-hour bush walk with a world class guide, dream of paddling a two-man canoe down the Zambezi as elephants cavort at the water’s edge and kingfishers dive or crave the excitement of watching a gorgeous leopard move with graceful power through the savannah, you’ll certainly enjoy a Zambia safari experience.
Until 2001 it was seen as one of the finest countries for a top-quality wilderness experience. The guides were the best in Africa, and the Zambezi River, the open plains of Hwange and the unique Kariba shoreline were settings for enthralling game viewing adventures. The political chaos of the last eight years saw a drop in tourism and the closure of many lodges and camps.