Growing And Growing…
Approximately 67 million tourists visited Africa in 2018, a rise of 7% from 2017, making Africa the second-fastest growing region in the world when it comes to tourism. A number of positive policy changes resulted in African countries benefiting immensely and increased investments in this sector have transformed it into a far more attractive destination for tourists.
Important projects have also been launched to boost tourism, including the “Year of Return” campaign to attract black diaspora from the Americas, the relaxing of visa restrictions by some countries particularly for Chinese visitors and other Africans, the increased flight connections regionally and globally and the impressive growth of Airbnb listings on the continent.
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa” John Hemingway.
What’s The Fuss All About?
The diversity of Africa is almost unparalleled, with each country boasting unique landscapes and attractions. Let’s take a closer look at South Africa and her beautiful neighbors of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique…
“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.” Francesca Marciano
South Africa is a smorgasbord of cultures, richly influenced by a colorful history. Her charm is in the variety- from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, to the beautiful coastal garden route and the wild and untamed national parks. A combined trip of the city, the beach and a safari is an unforgettable experience. Whale-watching, zip-lining, wine tastings, sunset cruises, fine dining and big-5 private reserves are just a taste of what you could explore with us.
Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. A desolate, stunning country with landscapes comparable to no other, this is an other-worldly experience. Locations like the Etosha National park, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are on your must-see list. You can experience this country in style- hot balloon rides over shimmering red dunes, 4×4 drives across exhilarating shades of shifting sand, the endless Skeleton coast and an exploration of Africa’s largest canyon- The Fish River Canyon.
Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods, as well as the massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and undulating grasslands. Experience this country and its wildlife with us in a myriad of ways- by boat, canoe and quad bike. Marvel in its wildlife, including the Cape Buffalo, notorious for its short temper and locally referred to as the “Okavango tax man”.
Perhaps more well-known for her political woes than her staggering beauty, Zimbabwe is also famous for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks. Large populations of elephants, hippos and Nile crocodiles gather here at sunrise in the Long Pool and in the park’s south, lions wait for prey around the waterhole at Chitake Spring. Currently more affordable than most other safari experiences, Zimbabwe’s natural beauty and abundance of wildlife makes it a top bucket-list contender.
Previously notorious for the civil war that wracked the country, Mozambique is now considered the “rising star” in African tourist destinations. This country is famous for its crystal blue, white sand beaches and little explored reefs as well as her coral coves and off-shore marine parks. Include Gorongosa National Park on your wish-list- its forests and savannas are home to lions, hippos and elephants. Lake Urema and its surrounding wetlands and rivers attract scores of water birds and the multi tiered Murombodzi Falls spills over jagged rocks on the slopes of Mount Gorongosa. A country for both the relaxed and the adventurous- snorkeling, fishing and swimming are must-try activities.
“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”. William Burchell.
We all have a bucket-list, the places we want to see and the things we want to do. If these countries are not already on your list, add them! A dream holiday is within reaching distance, contact us for a curated journey of a lifetime…
“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin.