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The African Big Five

You might hear the word Africa and immediately think of Simba; a cute little lion cub in the vast Savannah plains. You might also think of the big five; lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalo and elephants, but Africa has more to boast about than just its epic safaris. Here’s our list of the top 5 African destinations you can’t miss.

Morocco

Morocco is full of beautiful towns and villages, but two to note for any Moroccan tourist has to be Fes and Marrakech. You’ll feel like you’re in Assassin’s Creed as you explore and barter in the markets and back streets! If you’ve got some time to spare, take a 4×4 into the Sahara for a night under the stars – or if you’d rather a more authentic form of transport, you can also go by camel! Don’t forget to try the food, just thinking about tagines is making us slobber.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s Africa’s biggest mountain, we couldn’t not talk about it! If you want an active holiday then this is for you. Enjoy rainforest slopes, glaciers and a tower of lava as you hike to the summit. We would recommend a night hike on the final leg of the climb so you can see the sunrise from Stella Point. After all that, head back down to Moshi Camp for a celebratory (and much needed) hot shower and drink! 

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South Africa

South Africa is a country of adventures where you can enjoy inland safaris, the beach life, forest exploration and wandering the Garden Route. Cape Town is a must for any visitor – especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie because out here you can try the world’s highest bridge bungee or abseil Table Mountain! For those less prone to jumping off things try a wine tour or visit the cute penguins at Boulder Beach. We can’t not mention Johannesburg where you can enjoy traditional Braai dinners followed by wildlife in the Kruger National Park. If you have time, head to Victoria Pools over the border in Zimbabwe for one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

Madagascar

Africa’s largest island is full of wild landscapes, village culture, beaches and lemurs that like to move it move it – making this island is perfect for those looking for rustic charm and natural beauty.
Embrace local life in the rustic towns of Antananarivo and Ambalavao while enjoying the beach life in Ifaty, not forgetting the multiple national parks where you can see species of lemurs, chameleons and the rarely spotted blue boa. Must visits are the tombs of the Mahafaly and the extremely photogenic Baobab Alley.

Zanzibar

The spice islands of Zanzibar are a whole different world. To fully understand the history of the island, we would suggest a guided tour of the spice plantations – get ready for an explosion of the senses! After that, head to the UNESCO world heritage site, Stone Town before heading to the beach capital of Nungwi for scuba diving, relaxing and even turtle conservation! If you’re looking to get on the water, cruise on a Swahili boat and soak up the best vantage points in Zanzibar via the Dhow safari.


Has this left you wanting more? Fear not. Check out our roarsome Africa destination page to see what you could explore now…

 

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