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Africa Holidays

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Kenya
South Africa
Egypt
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Destination Guide – Holidays to Africa


Introduction

Africa is a continent of breathtaking natural beauty, diversity and contrasts, offering all the ingredients for an unforgettable luxury holiday. From Kenya’s paradise-like east coast and snow capped Mount Kenya, to South Africa’s exciting cities, coastal drives and national parks, there is something to appeal to every type of holidaymaker. In South Africa, don’t miss the opportunity to spend a few days in gorgeous Cape Town, driving the picturesque Garden Route or in an isolated mountain retreat. Kenya is synonymous with safari and offers some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in the entire continent. Meanwhile, Egypt and Morocco’s unique cultural heritage showcases a very different side of Africa, and also offer a full 5 star holiday experience to visitors.


Things to do
Safari

Kenya or the Kruger National Park in South Africa, no holiday in Africa would be complete without a few days spotting the big five on a safari. Game drives take you into the heart of these national parks, and your qualified rangers know how and where to spot the various species of animals and birds which live there. There are also wonderful opportunities to learn more about the various wildlife conservation projects going on across Africa. Accommodation whilst on safari is in wonderful permanent camps in the heart of the game reserves, although for some parks it’s possible to arrange safari day trips. Either way, this will certainly be an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.


Relax by the Ocean

Whether you’re looking for an idyllic beachside retreat with palm fringed sand and azure waters, or prefer a lively family resort complete with activities and vibrant nightlife, you’ll find it on your Africa holiday. The coastline stretching out either side of Mombasa along Kenya’s east coast is home to some of the world’s most exclusive luxury holiday resorts, and is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. South Africa’s beaches are generally livelier, with great tourist facilities in close proximity to exciting cities with a wealth of cultural attractions.


Get to know the local people

Africa’s rich heritage is displayed in the diverse tribal languages and cultures still in existence today. Why not take the opportunity to visit a local tribal village and to meet some of those who still live in the same traditional way they have existed for generations. You’ll be greeted by tribal elders with a traditional warrior dance and song, before learning about how local projects have helped to sustain this traditional way of life. There is also an opportunity to buy local jewellery and souvenirs directly from the local villagers.


Where to go

Kenya is a nature enthusiast’s dream with an incredibly diverse range of landscapes - from its high mountain peaks to the plains and savannahs of its famous national parks and unspoilt coastal villages on the Indian Ocean. Rivalling Kenya for wildlife spectacles is South Africa, with equally wonderful game reserves, a year-round climate, excellent hotel resorts and wonderful beaches. Egypt’s ancient culture makes it another fascinating destination to choose for your Africa holiday, offering the chance to explore some of the world’s most famous ancient sites from the temple at Abu Simbel to the iconic pyramids. Or perhaps opt for mystical Morocco, with its maze-like souks, traditional riads, deserts and mountain peaks.


Best time to go
The African continent is affected by vast differences in climate, and so in many ways, the best time to plan your holiday to Africa will depend on what you want to do whilst you are there. Those interested in Safari will find travelling to Kenya is best during the dry season in between January and March and July and October. The spectacular annual migration across the Masai Mara takes place between July and October and safari is best between May and August. Egypt’s climate is hot and dry most of the year round, although the best time to visit is between November and March, as it is in Morocco, although its altitude may mean that you’ll need to pack warmer clothing for after dark.

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