One of Kenya’s most spectacular geological features is the Great Rift Valley which divides the country, while its biodiversity is equally striking. Endless savannah plains and parched deserts are punctuated by snow-capped mountains, cool highlands and equatorial forests. The scenic coastline has all the beauty of a tropical paradise island, with the added appeal of the fascinating Swahili culture. Annually, the country plays host to the remarkable wildebeest migration in the Masaai Mara, the planet’s greatest single movement of herd animals.
Secluded, romantic and utterly beautiful - this is barefoot luxury at its best! Seychelles is made up of 115 islands randomly scattered across the Indian Ocean, most still incredibly unspoilt with crystal clear turquoise waters, pale white soft sandy beaches and dense forests. The outer islands comprise 9 important bird areas, the largest population of giant tortoises, nesting grounds for turtles, over 180 bird species, 320 species of coral, over 1000 fish species, spinner dolphins, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and even the elusive dugong.
This land locked country is situated in the south west portion of Africa. The most notable feature of Botswana is its landscape which is mostly flat, covered for the most part by the Kalahari Desert. Salt pans, marshes, rivers, desert sand and rocky outcrops form Botswana's variable landscape which caters to a diverse collection of plant and animal species.
With its expansive beaches, secluded islands and spectacular marine life, Mozambique offers an experience hard to beat. Boasting 2500km of pristine coastline and numerous islands off the coast, Mozambique is renowned for its relaxed, tropical atmosphere and exceptionally friendly people and excellent local seafood cuisine.
Lying just 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa offering diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters. As the 4th largest Island on Earth and relatively untouched, it is legendary for its profusion of wildlife and flora, 80% of which is found nowhere else on earth. Whether you stay in the best or simplest accommodation, try island hopping in a Dhow; snorkel over soft corals in marine reserves teeming with underwater life; fish for game fish; explore an island in search for the semi-tame black Lemurs; enjoy the sailing lifestyle…in this ultimate paradise.
A land of vivid contrasts and stark beauty, a most unusual destination of vast open spaces and extraordinary landscapes. From desert dunes to haunting and rugged coastlines, to the parks and reserves housing a huge variety of wildlife in dramatically different environments, Namibia is a large and sparsely populated country; but one that truly captures the imagination with its astonishing beauty and unique attractions. Ideal as a self-drive destination, it is not uncommon to not see another vehicle or human for hours.
At least twice as big as France, Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famed tourist destinations: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Bordered by Africa’s three largest lakes - Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. Boasts spectacular views of game-filled plains as well as the annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores.
A country rich in diversity, from lush forests, vast savannahs, beautiful beaches, arid semi-desert, dramatic mountain ranges to its cosmopolitan cities, ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserves, winelands, gourmet restaurants and colourful shanty towns. Strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife, it is also a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.
Home of walking safaris this is one of the best places to get out of the vehicle and do a safari on foot. Hailed as Africa’s ‘diamond in the rough’ or even ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Zambia is a country blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, a huge variety of wildlife and an abundance of birdlife, huge water bodies (including 17 magnificent waterfalls) and great tracts of pristine bushveld. It has also been acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world, whose inhabitants are known for being warm and welcoming. It is a landlocked country, sharing its borders with Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the west, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique and Malawi to the east. It even shares a 2km border with Botswana!
Landlocked between the mighty Limpopo and Zambezi rivers, Zimbabwe is a country rich in natural and cultural heritage. From the Great Zimbabwe ruins in the south, to the magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as ‘The smoke that thunders’ on its northern border, Zimbabwe offers beautiful scenery, wildlife and friendly people.
Known as the “land of a thousand hills” this tiny yet visually beautiful land-locked country in East Africa has a tumultuous history, but is well on its way to recovery and progression. Most famous for its Gorilla trekking in the lush rainforests of the Volcanoes National Park.
Dubbed “the Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, this is a lush green paradise, lying on the shores of the vast Lake Victoria, surrounded by mountains and dark forests. It is filled with friendly people, wildlife, over a thousand species of birds and of course home to the Mountain Gorilla! Uganda has many national parks that boast wonderful safari and primate opportunities and can easily be combined with a visit to Kenya or Tanzania.
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