An astonishingly diverse region fused by its prolific wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and remnants of ancient culture, Southern Africa will etch itself on your heart. Wildlife Watching Southern Africa has some of Africa’s great safari destinations: Kruger, Etosha, South Luangwa and Hwange National Parks, and the Okavango Delta.
Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at.
East Africa is the Africa of childhood longings, a wild realm of extraordinary landscapes, peoples and wildlife in one of our planet's most beautiful corners. Beautiful Landscapes This is the land of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, of an immense red sun setting behind a flat-topped acacia somewhere out beyond eternity.
In spite of political, financial and social turmoil, Egyptians remain proud and defiant and are as welcoming as ever to visitors to their land. Human Kindness The old saying that Egypt is the gift of the Nile still rings true: without the river there would be no fertile land, no food, no electricity.
West Africa has cachet and soul. Home to African landscapes of our imaginations and inhabited by an astonishing diversity of traditional peoples, this is Africa as it once was. African Landscapes From the Sahara to tropical rain forests, from volcanic outcrops to stony depressions in the desert's heart, West Africa is an extraordinary sweep of iconic African terrain.
Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles
Blessed with superlative landscapes and idyllic beaches, Mauritius, Réunion and the Seychelles offer the best cure for winter blues. From Beach to Adventure Believe it or not, a day will come during your stay when you decide you've had enough with the beach lounging.
Zambia, Malawi & Mozambique
Zambia's wildlife and waterfalls, Malawi's lake and mountains, Mozambique's islands and beaches. Each country has its own personality. Focus on exploring one, or sample a bit of all three. Wildlife Zambia's wildlife-filled plains are legendary, from South Luangwa National Park in the southeast to Kafue National Park in the west.
First, the drawbacks: Cairo’s crowds make Manhattan look like a ghost town, papyrus sellers and would-be guides hound you at every turn, and your snot will run black from the smog. But it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm ad-Dunya – the Mother of the World.
Ethiopia, Djibouti & Somaliland
In Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better combination of nature and culture. The best part: there’ll be no crowds to hinder the experience. Historical Wonders Ethiopia, almost the only African country to have escaped European colonialism, has retained much of its cultural identity.
The splendours of the Western Cape lie not only in its world-class vineyards, stunning beaches and mountains, but also in lesser-known regions, such as the wide-open spaces of the Karoo, the nature reserves and the wilderness areas. Make sure you get out into these wild, less-visited areas for birdwatching and wildlife adventure as well as pure relaxation under vast skies.