It’s Africa’s epic, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming landscapes that will capture your imagination and refuse to let go. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the gentle splash of the pole as your canoe glides through Botswana’s Okavango Delta or the intermittent roar of hot-air balloon burners as you drift over the plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Or perhaps it’s the relentless rumble of Victoria Falls – not called The Smoke That Thunders for nothing – in Zimbabwe and the rhythmic whooshing of Indian Ocean waves on implausibly powder-soft beaches in Mozambique, Mauritius and Seychelles that provide the soundtrack to your daydreams.
These and myriad other masterpieces of nature, not forgetting the animal superstars that they shelter, are what will lure you here. But, as you’ll discover, it’s the big-hearted people you meet along the way who will turn your trip into more than just your own wildlife documentary. It could be the early-morning coffee seller in an atmospheric square in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, the Rwandan porters patiently steering you through dense rainforest towards a mountain gorilla encounter, or everyone from Stellenbosch foodies to Soweto cyclists keen to share their love of South Africa.
With such a dizzying array of possibilities, you need someone with in-depth knowledge to guide you towards the places, experiences and accommodation that will speak to your soul. Our Africa experts are here to share theirs with you.