Africa is a vast and diverse continent with stunning scenery, gorgeous wildlife, warm and welcoming people and a fascinating history that’s rich in cultural heritage. So diverse is this continent that it contains 54 countries and one “non-self governing territory”, and before the continent was fractured by colonial rule there were up to 10,000 autonomous states, each with their own culture and dialect. Getting to know such a vast, diverse and populous continent may seem ambitious for even the most adventurous tourist. Here, however, we’ll look at some holiday ideas that will help you get to know Africa a little better and engage with its stunning nature and fascinating political and historical landscape.
Spend a week in Cape Town
Cape Town is the capital of South Africa and as rich in fascinating history as it is full of natural wonders, not to mention a wealth of luxury hotels and shopping to rival London, New York or Paris. Visit Robben Island or venture to Boulders Beach get up close and personal with the amazing penguins. Climb to the top of Table Mountain to get the most incredible view of the city. And be sure to pay your respects at the District Six Museum where visitors can learn about the troubled history of South Africa and the lives that have been damaged by apartheid. Remember that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
Go on Safari in South Africa
What better way to get to know a country than by engaging with its wildlife? And with the right group trips and tours to South Africa you can see the amazing animals that are part of the nation’s identity in their natural habitat. The Wonders of the Garden Route tour is a great opportunity to see African elephants roam wild in the Addo Elephant National park before heading to the famed wine region of Stellenboch to sample some of the sumptuous wines from grapes grown in the region.
Experience the sensory collage that is Cairo
It’s easy to forget that Egypt is also in Africa, and when you visit the country’s sprawling capital of Cairo you’re thrown headlong into an immersive collage of sights, sounds, tastes and scents that’s rich in history and vibrant in culture. Explore the wonders of history at the Egyptian Museum where the boy king Tutankhaumun’s legendary death mask is kept, and head to nearby Giza to see the famed pyramids and the iconic Great Sphinx.
Chill on the beach in Kenya
As great as it is to immerse yourself in the history and culture of a nation, sometimes it’s enough to just relax and be grateful for the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. If you’re looking for a more sedate experience, Kenya has some of the most incredible beaches on the continent. Take a trip to the coastal city of Mombasa for a holiday that’s equal parts culture and relaxation or the small coastal town of Watamu with its Marine National Park and Reserve.
Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, you can find it in this incredible continent.