A trip to Africa can be so much more than a safari. Africa is the second largest continent in the world and contains the most countries within its borders. If jungles and vast grasslands come to mind when you think of Africa, you’re missing many of its other distinctive features – scorching desert, towering mountain peaks, sun drenched beaches, bustling marketplaces, majestic pyramids, and the longest river in the world are all part of the African landscape. Following is a brief summary of the features of the different regions in Africa to help you decide which region appeals to you the most. There’s no such thing as a bad choice – they’re all fascinating!
3 main geographical features – the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and the Nile River. Here you will find landmarks like the pyramids and other Egyptian antiquities and exotic Morocco and Casablanca with crowded bazaars and archaeological dig sites. You’ll see lots of camels, but no elephants!
Here is where you’ll find a traditional safari experience – game drives tracking down and observing iconic African wildlife in their unique grassland environment in Kenya, encountering gorilla families in the dense jungles of Uganda, and making camp in the shadow of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Also a region that specializes in game drives, Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools is an excellent place to observe hippos, elephants and other animals clustered around these waterways. Viewing Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is a breathtaking experience. Simon’s Town in South Africa is home to a large colony of Cape penguins, and Mozambique’s beaches and Namibia’s giant dunes provide a different kind of African landscape.
West Africa is divided into two distinct regions – the northeast being dominated by the dry environment of the Sahara desert, and the humid southwest bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. This blend of tropical and desert environments fosters great biodiversity, and a large number of unusual plants and wildlife flourish here. Senegal’s Lake Retba with its signature pink waters and the markets and mosques of Dakar are highlights here.
No matter which region you decide to visit, your luxury African safari is dedicated to provide the following features:
- Small group trips, ensuring excellent customer service. You can also opt for a private safari for just your family or family and friends.
- Endless opportunities for wildlife viewing. In some areas this will include game drives to make sure you encounter the Big Five (elephants, lions, cape buffalo, rhinos, and leopards).
- Excellent accommodations in lodges and camps, all offering amenities that you might not expect on safari.
- Included flights between points on the itinerary, saving precious time and affording a birds-eye view of Africa’s impressive and varied landscapes.
- Opportunities to meet local people and learn about their culture and traditions.
- Knowledgeable guides who want to share their love of their homeland, impressing on visitors the necessity for protecting endangered wildlife and conserving their habitat.