Read our pocket guide to Africa
Africa: A pocket guide
The dunes of the Sahara, the lush jungles of the Great Rift Valley, the dry plains dotted with zebra and antelope, these marvels of Africa spark the curiosity of the most adventurous travelers. The continent is full of magic, surprises and amazing interactions, both with its diverse cultures and its phenomenal nature and wildlife. Our local Africa experts share their fervent passion for this colorful region to help visitors have incredible luxury holidays to this wonderful continent.
Spanning the top of this immense landmass, the countries of North Africa intrigue visitors by their amazing history, nomadic desert tribes and vibrant markets. Morocco encapsulates much of this which you can experience as you wander the quiet lanes of the Marrakech medina, bargain away at the souk in Fez or savor the fresh atlantic breeze in coastal Essaouira.
Descending under the vast Sahara you’ll reach some of the globe’s most spectacular jungles. Uganda’s varied landscape includes forests, volcanoes, the origin of the Nile, the splendid Lake Victoria and Africa’s tallest mountain range: the Rwenzoris. These different habitats are home to gorillas, leopards and tree-climbing lions and a countless bird species. Immediately to the south is Rwanda, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because of its misty mountains, sleeping volcanoes and shimmering lakes. Here you’ll find the magical gorillas which had drawn famous zoologist and anthropologist Dian Fossey.
To the east is Kenya, one of the most visited countries on the continent. Many come for the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’ – the yearly migration of over a million wildebeest and their entourage of zebra, antelope and predators. Safaris are certainly a big attraction, however, it would be a shame to miss out on visiting its beautiful beaches, hiking up Mount Kenya or getting to know the locals in bustling Nairobi.
At the bottom of the continent South Africa’s diverse cultural and scenery wow its visitors. Spotting your first giraffes on safari at Kruger National Park, sipping succulent wines in Stellenbosch, discovering the country traditional cultures or dining on gastronomic cuisine in vibrant Cape Town, there’s something for everyone.
Off the coast there are several islands which make up the African continent like idyllic Mauritius. Also known as Ile Maurice, this gorgeous island of swaying palms and pristine beaches is a sun-seeker’s delight. Swim atop the coral reefs, swing your clubs at some of the world’s best golf courses, tour tea plantations and enjoy spectacular sunsets on the deck of your private villa facing the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.