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Africa

A wide-open bushveld under a burning azure sky. Cerulean waves kissing a golden shore. Lofty peaks disappearing above the clouds. Tropical canopies exploding with colour and life. Blazing deserts stretching as far as the eye can see. All this and more is awaiting you on the continent of Africa, where a luxury holiday is just a phone call away.

Catering to absolutely everybody, this vast landmass offers enough recreational activities to fill every second of the rest of your life, guaranteeing you never have an excuse to be bored. How does hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya sound? A truly different way to take on the African safari experience, you’ll be able to sweep across the skies, champagne in hand. Catering to groups of 16, eight or five, you’ll see incredible sights like the ‘Great Migration’ and have a birds eye view of lions, cheetahs, elephants and more.


But Kenya doesn’t have the monopoly on Safari delights. Botswana’s Duba is well-known for its incredible lion population, with two of the biggest prides in the country residing in its reserve, while the unspoilt lands of The Zambezi Valley in Zambia offer up-close encounters. But none, not even the gorilla sanctuaries of Rwanda, are better known than Kruger National Park in South Africa. Stretching across the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, this reserve offers incredible luxury holidays.


If safaris aren’t enough of a thrill-ride for you there are hundreds of other fantastic locations to test your mettle. Come face to face with fear as you take the plunge off Cape Point in South Africa for a tête-à-tête with the great whites. Take a leap of faith at Bloukrans Bridge with the world’s highest bridge bungee. For a scenic adrenaline rush, why not paraglide over the dunes of Mozambique or Cape Verde? And speaking of deserts, you should definitely try sandboarding in Morocco when you’re not skiing in Lesotho.


For those looking for a more food-based adventure, you’re in luck, because Africa is home to some of the most incredible cuisines on earth. In fact, it encompasses the flavours of nearly every nation with an incredibly diverse population constantly adding to the mix. Succulent stopovers include, Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Nairobi in Kenya, Tangier in Morocco and, of course, Cape Town.


Wine lovers, this is the getaway destination for you! Although South Africa claims the majority of the continent’s outstanding vineyards in its Winelands, those looking for a more exclusive vino vacation can check out The Winelands of Algeria, Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Chã das Caldeiras in Cape Verde.


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Although a generally sunny place to spend your getaway time, Africa can experience extreme weather conditions too, such as drought and monsoon seasons. So speak with our knowledgeable travel managers to find out the best time to go (and always pack for every eventuality).
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  • Not just for nature lovers, Africa offers a plethora of places to tickle the taste buds and nowhere more so than South Africa. Peppered with Michelin-starred eateries, the country is home to some of the most proclaimed dining venues on the continent. Try and handle the heat of the infamous bunny-chow and snack on national favourites such as biltong and koeksisters.
     
  • If you prefer a liquid lunch then South Africa is definitely the destination for you as it makes up approximately 4 percent of the world’s wine production – that’s 1,440,000,000 bottles a year. But it doesn’t just make your bog-standard vino, it makes exceptional wine, consistently ranking in the top 10 wine producing countries in the world. Enough of the facts and figures, where can you go to sample some of this liquid heaven? There’s only one place…the Winelands. Comprising 21 locales along its route, the Cape Winelands encompass more than 100 vineyards, including internationally recognised wineries such as Franschhoek’s Chamonix, the Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch and the Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek.
     
  • When you’re not eating your way across the country or trying desperately to cling to your steed on a horseback wine tasting, you might wonder what else South Africa has up its sleeve to beguile and amaze. Well, don’t forget your kit because the region really packs a punch with its range of sporting activities. Blessed with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the country is a haven for watersports enthusiasts including divers, surfers and sailors. The Eastern Cape is particularly good for those who prefer life board-side while KwaZulu Natal is the ideal spot for some underwater exploration. Ocean fun isn’t the only active pursuits the area enjoys though – with more than 500 golf courses at its disposal, many of which border on safari parks as an added bonus, this is the ideal getaway for those with a driving ambition to putt some balls.
Zimbabwe

 
  • It would be a crime to visit Zimbabwe without at least one trip to Victoria Falls. But after you’ve taken the stock family photo, bought enough souvenirs to decorate a mansion and gazed at the falls over a bite to eat, what’s next? We’ve got the answer – pack your valuables in waterproof containers and get ready for the rafting adventure of your life. The Zambezi River takes a plunge over the waterfall and is trapped in a frothy gorge of no more than 40 metres wide for the next 43 miles, making some of the most thrilling Grade Five rapids on the planet. Talk about experiencing some turbulence during your getaway! Here in Zimbabwe you are given the chance to ride the waves like a boss and make memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.
     
  • Downriver from Victoria Falls, you’ll find a world of wonder awaiting you in the form of various game parks and reserves. Of particular note are Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park on the north bank, and Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park to the south. Mana Pools National Park offers some awesome activities including safari drives, canoeing trips, overnight camping, fishing and game walks. The area is also famous for its elephant and zebra population.
     
  • Get a taste for Zimbabwe with a meal (or three) at Amazani Restaurant in the capital city, Harare. Suit-up as this is no low-key buffet but a fine dining African affair. The eatery is set within four acres of rolling Zimbabwean gardens with high-ceilinged arches and incredible décor. Green to the nth degree, all the produce of your dishes is sourced from the venue’s ngardens and served with style. Why not try the West African chicken with ground nut stew or the roast quail?
  • Tanzania is best known for its stunning Zanzibar archipelago which is found off the coast of East Africa. This paradisiacal island retreat’s key focal point is the main island, Unguja (often miscalled called Zanzibar) where visitors flock to lap up a bit of Tanzanian culture. An experience that’s not to be missed here is a trip to the famous Forodhani Gardens Night Market in Stone Town. As the lights dim, a magic takes hold of the seaside town and it transforms into a vibrant market place, bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun or lit by silver stars. Here, all kinds of foods are available from freshly caught octopus and rolled sugar cane juice to pizza and kebabs.
     
  • Picture-perfect, the Zanzibar Archipelago is a maze of golden shores, crystal clear waters, palm trees and sunshine. The eastern coastline is home to a protective barrier reef that fronts the Indian Ocean and this, along with the island’s tip, is where the best beaches are found. In such an unspoilt setting, it’s hard to decide between spots for a seaside trip but we’ve done our best. For a chilled out party vibe, Ras Nungwi is the place to be. The stretch has no high or low tides, so you can swim all day long before partying the night away in one of the beachside bars or clubs. Paje is another extraordinary slice of paradise where diving is a popular pastime alongside eating freshly caught seafood. Finally, Kendwa is the most laid-back of them all, offering acres of palm-shaded sands for you to laze about on to your heart’s content.
     
  • If you have a love of luxury that involves sparkles, you are going to love The Tanzanite Experience. Tanzanite, one of the rarest gemstones on the planet is only found at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and is unique to Tanzania. Made of varying hues of blue and violet, the gem was named by Tiffany & Co upon its discovery in 1967. At this experience, you will be able to journey through the stone’s history in an interactive museum. Better yet, you will be given the opportunity to round off the experience by purchasing some of the valuable ornaments through the site’s shop - the highest quality, fully-certified Tanzanite on earth. Maybe this would be a good time to pick a stone for a certain special gift…
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