written by
Jennifer Jones

Africa. The mere mention of the name conjures up images of majestic settings, unparalleled wildlife, and enduring cultures older than we can wrap our minds around. Glamorous, rugged, and utterly dazzling, Africa is both epic and eternal. Places like the Serengeti, Victoria Falls, and the Pyramids of Giza have attracted travelers for centuries. From remote national parks and vast landscapes to vibrant cultures and unique wildlife encounters, prepare for an extraordinary journey that will redefine all you know about Africa.


Remote National Parks and Untouched Wilderness

For those seeking a genuine wilderness encounter, Africa delivers in abundance. Consider trekking remote national parks such as Kidepo Valley in Uganda, where spacious savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see and home to incredible wildlife encounters with rare species like cheetahs and Rothschild’s giraffes. Head to Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, an expanse of pristine grasslands where huge wildebeest migrations occur, rivaling the famous Serengeti. These gorgeous areas offer a chance to immerse yourself in nature’s raw beauty without the crowds, allowing for a truly intimate and unforgettable safari.

For many first-time visitors to Africa, an ideal place to start is in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, where breathtaking scenery, sun soaked beaches, and joyful cultures take center stage. Here you can go on safari and view The Big 5, endangered African wild dog, and regal cheetah. Afterwards, be sure to explore the cosmopolitan cities of Cape Town and Durban, each offering a long list of sights to uncover.

Cultural Encounters and Authentic Experiences

Africa’s destinations are a treasure trove of diverse cultures and rich traditions waiting to be seen. In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, you can meet ancient tribes like the Hamar, Mursi, and Karo, whose unique customs and rituals have withstood the test of time. Their vibrant ceremonies, intricate body paint, and traditional dances provide a deeper look into understanding of the cultural milieu that defines Africa. In Mali, the ancient city of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where visitors can traverse the Saharan dunes to meet the Tuareg nomads, renowned for their indomitable spirit and timeless hospitality. These authentic cultural encounters provide a window into Africa’s diverse heritage and offer an opportunity to connect with its people on a profound level.

If you prefer the excitement of both an urban and rural environment, Morocco offers something for everyone, from Casablanca to Marrakech and everywhere in between. Explore the kasbahs and famous spice markets. Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna square is packed with incense, salesmen, and snake charmers. Perhaps climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains? You can even camp under the stars among some of the world’s biggest sand dunes.

Hidden Coastal Paradises and Geological Wonders

Beyond the popular beach resorts, Africa boasts hidden coastal gems that offer tranquility and unspoiled beauty. In Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago beckons with its pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. Make sure to bring your camera if you choose to embark on a private dhow safari, hopping between secluded islands, snorkeling in colorful coral gardens, and indulging in fresh seafood feasts. On the Swahili Coast of Kenya and Tanzania, you can discover jewels like Lamu Island and Mafia Island, where time seems to stand still and ancient Swahili traditions blend harmoniously with the coastal backdrop.

Of course, Africa is home to remarkable geological wonders that will leave you in awe. The Ennedi Plateau in Chad is a surreal landscape of sandstone pillars, canyons, and arches carved by the forces of nature over millions of years. Fish River Canyon in Namibia, the second-largest canyon in the world, is known for its dramatic rock formations and breathtaking vistas. In Madagascar, wander the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where razor-sharp limestone formations create an otherworldly landscape, dotted with unique wildlife and rare plant species. These geological formations are a testament to the raw power and beauty of Africa’s natural forces.

Africa from a Different Perspective

Set amidst ancient trade routes, ocean and river cruising in Africa offers an extraordinary and immersive way to enjoy the continent’s beautiful tapestry of wildlife, ancient cultures, and timeless traditions. Whether you find yourself cruising past the majestic Cape of Good Hope or along the iconic Nile River, the possibilities for exploration are endless.

On these engaging voyages, expert guides and seasoned naturalists serve as your companions and educators, offering invaluable insights into the diverse cultures and awe-inspiring wildlife that inhabits the African continent. Their deep knowledge and passion for the local ecosystems brings your odyssey to life, providing a deeper understanding of the intricacies of nature and the fascinating creatures that call Africa home.

Throughout your cruise you’ll indulge in luxurious accommodations, world[1]class cuisine, and attentive service that enhances your voyage. Relax on deck as you soak in the stunning vistas, or engage in a variety of activities and excursions tailored to your interests.

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