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Africa Travel Guide

When it comes to describing Africa, 'huge' is an understatement. It's a mighty continent with an endless amount of incredible places to visit and things to see - but where do you start? Well we've narrowed it down to the best bits, and popped it all in this comprehensive travel guide.

 

What we love about Africa

Elephant Kruger National Park in South Africa
Home to over 12,000 elephants, 27,000 buffalo and 1,000 leopards, Kruger is one of the world's most leopards, Kruger is one of the world's most-loved game reserves.
Lion The Okavango Delta in Botswana
Most deltas lead to the ocean, but the world's largest inland delta empties onto land creating ever-changing landscapes and hosting a huge array of animals.
Rhino Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
The world's largest intact caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to 40,000 animals, including hyenas, lions and rhinos.

Getting around Africa

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Cheap flights to Africa

Cheap flights to South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania and more.
Man standing on large rocks near the sea

Baz Bus in South Africa

Baz Bus is a unique hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Get the freedom to discover South Africa in your own time. You are not limited to a fixed schedule. You decide where to go, when and how long you’d like to stay there.

Animals and safaris in Africa

You've seen the Lion King (in two incarnations at least, by now), and you're dying to take 'nants ingonyamas' to see the gang for yourself. Here's how to do it and where to stay. Contact us today to find out more about Safaris in Africa. 
Caveman painting of animals in South Africa

South Africa

A great choice for safari newbies and veterans, South Africa is our favourite all-rounder. Hire a car to take on Kruger National Park on your own, opt for group tour or upgrade yourself to a boutique lodge situation on a private reserve. The Big 5 are here in abundance (and the Little 5 if you look close enough) as well as the springbok, oryx and kudu.
Spot: Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Leopard & Rhino
Scenic view of Kenya at sunset

Kenya and Tanzania

Africa's most notorious national park hoarders, Kenya and Tanzania have the lion's share of epic wildlife experiences between them. The Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Maasai Mara no doubt share the crown with the clear savannahs leading to countless animal sightings. Come for intrepid safaris and the Great Migration. 
Spot: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard & Rhino
Trees in Africa

Uganda & Rwanda

Where the apes live. Uganda and Rwanda are more off the beaten track than most, and as a result offer two of world's most exclusive wildlife encounters: rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. So if you want to meet one of your closest and hairiest relatives (it's nice to visit family) this is where to you come to.
Spot: Gorilla & Chimpanzee
A group watching an elephant from a canoe

Namibia & Botswana

These two are polar opposites and offer an amazing alternative to a national park safari. Namibia's red deserts provide a stark departure from its grassy and jungly neighbours (hello, wild desert horses), while Botswana boasts the flooded plains of the Okavango Delta, best experienced from a traditional mokoro – a dug-out canoe.
Spot: Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo & Wild Horse

Best tours in Africa

2 girls in a jeep on safari in Kruger National Park

South Africa & Swazi Quest

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa’s incredible culture and wildlife are at a premium on this tour — from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive wildlife safari drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. 
17 days
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Man on a fishing boat in Africa

Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure

From the buzz of Kenya's capital to the excitement of tracking the Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the pulse of Africa on this 10-day journey. Explore the incomparable beauty of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater before heading to Zanzibar for a taste of island culture and some chilled out beach time. 
10 days
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Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling in Africa

What do I need to know about trekking Mount Kilimanjaro?

The main reason people do not make it to the summit is due to altitude sickness rather than lack of stamina or strength. That said, it's easier the fitter you are. However, there's no need to go overboard with fitness prep. The air at the summit contains about half of the breathable oxygen most of us are used to at sea level. Everyone will handle the high altitude and thinner air differently, which is why your leader will try to keep the ascent slow and steady. You'll need energy to make that push to the top, and your camp cooks will make sure there's plenty of healthy, quality food on hand. Fresh supplies will be carried for you. You'll stay in mountain huts, full service camping, you won't need to bring anything and can even rent a pillow and sleeping bag.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out our STA Travel blog!

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The African Big 5

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