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Why Africa is the Perfect Honeymoon

January 20th, 2022, by Chelsea Todaro

Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination may feel a bit overwhelming especially when one wants adventure and the other loves culture or to relax. Africa offers the perfect blend of experiences to suit every travel interest.

From adventurous and intimate time spent in the wilderness to city explorations, these are the most enticing reasons to choose this diverse continent and exotic experiences to add to your upcoming honeymoon.

Relax in the Cape Winelands

You’ve had enough to deal with in just getting married so planning and going on your honeymoon should be stress free. Planning a safari can be a fun experience especially when you have a team behind you to guide to the best experiences and camps that also offer the most sustainable experiences. Don’t be stressed about the “what ifs” and relax knowing that you have local hosts, and a 24/7 Concierge team are there to assist with any changes, test or add experiences you haven’t even thought about. If traveling in a post Covid world also worries you, you’ll be guided to travel protection plans that cover cancel for any reason and future travel credits and we will work with your journey to another departure.  

Secluded Accommodations for Those Intimate Moments

Loisaba Star Beds

Many accommodations in Africa are in remote, secluded parts of the wilderness that create an ideal intimate getaway. You don’t have to worry about crowds or bustling cities because spending time in nature makes "physically distancing" quite easy. It’s easy to disconnect and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, starry nights and sensations of Africa, where time seems to stand still.

Witnessing the rawness of nature at your front door, such as spotting the Big Five, in South Africa’s renowned Kapama Private Game Reserve, creates memories you’ll share with your partner for a lifetime. The magical Loisaba Star Beds, on our Under Kenyan Skies safari, gives you a completely different perspective of nature from above. It’s just you and your significant other lying on a handcrafted four-poster bed with sweeping views over the valley and the twinkling stars shining above.

Classic Romance in Nature

Zambezi River Cruise

Majestic natural surroundings make Africa a perfect romantic location no matter what you’re doing. Take a hot air balloon safari over the  Serengeti to get a magical view of the wildlife in one of our favorite hidden corners of this famous savannah on our Discover the Wonders of Tanzania endless. There’s always time to delight in a relaxing and colorful sundowner, perhaps on a river cruise on the Zambezi, overlooking the wondrous Victoria Falls?

There’re many private dining experiences to delight in with the beautiful backdrops of foliage, wildlife, mountains or the ocean, such as the award-winning 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa on our South African Tapestry, where you can savor a delicious romantic picnic for two in the stunning environs of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean.

Create a Special Bond Through the Culture and Giving Back

Sundowner at Lewa Conservancy

One of the most rewarding experiences of any visit to Africa is time spent with the local people and making travel matter- a commitment we make to sustainable tourism on all our safaris. For a unique bonding experience in Kenya, listen to stories about the Samburu and Maasai people’s way of life, or take a visit to the Lewa Conservancy to visit the school children and learn how Samburu are promoting education, as experienced on our World's Greatest Show & Safari - Mara

At TAASA lodge in Tanzania, you’ll spend time with Maasai of Ololosokwan, who are always excited to share their cultural belief, and will teach you about the ecology of the area, the medicinal uses of trees and bushes in Maasai tradition, and basic skills in game tracking.

An enriching and heartfelt experience to share with your spouse is adopting an endangered animal, such as a baby elephant with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi.  On our Enchanting East Africa, visit the Trust and its Orphan's Project and spend time with your foster elephant, who is adopted directly with Sheldrick Wildlife Trust prior to your travels. While lodging at the renowned Giraffe Manor, a boutique private giraffe sanctuary, you can enjoy breakfast with the resident’s endangered Rothschild giraffe, as they stick their long necks through the windows to say hello – and search for a treat!

No Need to Compromise - Enjoy the Bush and the Beach

Enjoy crystal blue waters during your time at Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

While travelers may think Africa is all about adventure with wildlife, there’s also beautiful island havens that boasts relaxation on the beach and marine exploration with white sandy shorelines and exotic marine wildlife. Combining a safari in the bush and an excursion to the exquisite islands of Zanzibar or Mozambique is a perfect option for those who want the best of both African worlds.

Mozambique, whose coastline extends from South Africa to Tanzania, holds pristine and less-traveled resorts along the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. After experiencing the lively culture of Cape Town and eventful game drives at Kruger Private Reserve, end your romantic African Romance safari in one of Mozambique’s best secluded villas at the Azura Benguerra Island, with a private butler, a private sun deck, and an infinity pool.

You can also unwind on the exotic island of Zanzibar, which can be reached off the coast of Tanzania. The island has hidden beaches, secret lagoons and untouched coral reefs that makes it one of the top dive sites in the world.

To book an exciting dream honeymoon contact African Travel, Inc.

at 1 (800) 421-8907.

#TTCTop3 2022 Africa Places to Visit

December 23rd, 2021, by Sherwin Banda

A new year brings new adventures and I’m eager to fill it with travels.  I’m blessed to have been born in Africa and look forward to discovering new places and rediscovering favorites on the continent, which is my theme this year for my 2022 bucket list.

I hope you enjoy the journey of reading it, dreaming a little and perhaps going on one or more of the adventures. I assure you can travel confidently knowing when you travel with African Travel and our TTC family of brands that all the details are taken care of on your behalf.

1. Kenya - Sustainable Experience

Ol Pejeta is home to the last two northern white rhinos in the world

One of my favorite parts of travel is meeting the locals. Kenya is a country that actively invites you to participate. 

Guests on our Under Kenyan Skies safari can experience the Maasai culture. Living a semi-nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai tribe have modernized in some ways but adhere to many aspects of their traditional culture. Established as fierce warriors, their lively cultural dance, vibrant clothing and beautifully crafted handiwork are recognized worldwide.

Kenya is also special because of its sustainable tourism practices. The country has one of the most successful community wildlife conservancies and has made great strides in protecting the very different species you can see here. There is wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on the continent, like the Grévy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Gerenuk and Somali ostrich. I can’t wait to visit to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to see these animals and witness the the extraordinary work by local communities. I’m also excited to revisit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and meet the keepers caring for the last two northern white rhinos.

Further south, I’m eager to explore the floodplains of Amboseli National Park. Known as ‘a land of giants,’ there has been an elephant baby boom and I’m excited to see the elephants and adopt one.  

The Emakoko is also an incredible family-run lodge located in Kenya’s oldest National Park. The Nairobi National Park is one of the most unique parks in Africa because the city of Nairobi and wildlife live side by side in harmony, as if as time has stood still for thousands of years for these animals. The park has one of the largest populations of black rhino in the world and the wildlife knows no boundaries.

For more Kenya ideas check out Top 10 sustainable Kenya Experiences.

2. Botswana - Secret Migration

The Baobab Treehouse at Xigera Safari Lodge

Botswana sets a gold standard in Africa for sustainability and exclusivity among nature and wildlife. Botswana truly delivers unmatched wildlife safari experiences.

The best thing about Botswana is that you can have both land and water safari experiences. It’s a magical, beautiful destination, and the government has limited the size of camps to keep numbers down, so it’s perfect for people who want an intimate safari experience.

I’m most excited to visit Xigera Safari Lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta. I look forward to sightings of lion, cheetah andtheir famous leopards. Gliding through the waterwaysa glass-bottomed mokoros (African gondola) intrigues me and there’s no better way to end a ride in an African style gondola with a ‘feet-in-the-water’ sundowner.

I love great design and Xigera feels like you are a part of nature as opposed to one just looking at it. The lodge is aesthetically designed to camouflage with the surroundings of the Okavango Delta. I can’t wait to re-wild surrounded by exceptional artwork that matches the unique location.

I’m looking to time the visit to the start of Africa’s second “secret” migration and revisit one of the camps in the Makgadikgadi Like the 1940’s-style Jack’s Camp, A favorite experience here is watching pixie-faced meerkats emerging from their burrow at sun rise.

Experience Xigera as part of our Ultimate Botswana itinerary.

3. Egypt - Nile Cruise

The S.S. Sphinx is the only luxury river cruise ship in Egypt

Egypt may be known for ancient treasures and rich history, but there is more to this nation and I can’t wait to share it with my family. The surreal waters, golden sand beaches and remarkable architecture are just some of the things I yearn to revisit.

I can't wait to experience Uniworld's cruise across the Nile on its newest luxury super ship, the S.S. Sphinx. The ability to go back in time and experience ancient civilizations is something incredible. The journey is hosted by an Egyptologist who lives and breathes the history of Egypt. It’s a very mysterious world with the legacy of pharaohs and ancient gods, and to hear an Egyptologist tell their stories will certainly take me back in time to relive their legacy. 

I look forward to visiting the brand-new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo and to see Egyptian treasures that have been perfectly preserved for thousands of years. Having an Egyptologist guide you and show you what these artifacts meant to the ancient Egyptians makes this all the more special.

Cairo has been depicted in so many movies and has always been a place that has captured the imagination of the world. Just to walk down the ancient streets and experience what has been so transfixed by people’s minds has always been a desire to do with my family. Doing this on a luxury floating hotel cruising down one of the world’s ancient rivers is something that must be on everyone’s bucket list. Adding a safari to this visit is the ultimate end to a world-class journey. 

Experience Egypt and Uniworld’s Nile River cruise on the Wonder's of Egypt  

To book an exciting dream safari contact African Travel, Inc.

at 1 (800) 421-8907.

World Safari Day

November 24th, 2021, by Chelsea Todaro

Visiting Africa is all about the memorable experiences you make with its people, culture, and wildlife while also learning about the importance of preserving and rejuvenating what makes the continent so special.  

With Africa open for travel, there are so many meaningful experiences to explore – from Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara plains, Tanzania’s wildlife-rich Serengeti, to South Africa’s ‘Rainbow Nation’ of cultures. For 45 years we have been passionate about creating safaris that allows you to slow down, explore, and connect with the magic of Africa.

In celebration of #WorldSafariDay on November 25, we have highlighted five next-level experiences that connect you with Africa’s people, environment, and wildlife and leave a positive impact on the surrounding communities.

The Silent Safari

Cheetah Plains uses electric vehicles

Safari vehicles across South and East Africa are transforming game drives with its electric-powered engines. The use of electric vehicles and boats helps protect the environment with its silent motor and is a game-changer for wildlife spotting – with the chance to see animals that would have been scared off by the sounds of an oncoming engines.   

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve have new iconic private villas that accommodates up to eight guests and boasts a private chef and an art and wine gallery. An experienced field guide will take you through the reserve in specially equipped electric vehicles for a nearly silent experience to view wildlife.  The quiet driving gets you closer to sightings in the most unobtrusive way.

Chobe Game Lodge in northern Botswana has invested in electric 4x4's and boats to create the ultimate water safari experience. You’ll gain a different perspective on the area’s impressive wildlife – with plenty of hippos, crocodiles, and the world’s largest concentration of elephants.

Safaris Supporting Women

Experience Reteti as part of our Captivating Kenya journey. Credit: Ami Vitale

Throughout Africa there are compelling experiences that empower women, including those that challenge gender roles and uplift women and their families.

In Kenya, you can visit the community-run Reteti Elephant Sanctuary at Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and meet the women elephant keepers who are breaking barriers while taking care of these orphaned animals. Watch in awe as the elephants receive their bottles and play in the mud, all the while learning valuable skills, so that they might be re-introduced into the wild. On safari with us, a donation is also made to the care for elephants there.

At Chobe Game Lodge it’s all about the empowerment of women, as more than 65% of all staff members are women. This includes an all-female team of professionally qualified guides – a successful initiative aimed at increasing the number of qualified female guides within the Botswana guiding fraternity. On our Amazing Botswana safari, you’ll meet these inspiring female guides who are incredibly knowledgeable on the region’s wildlife and landscape.

Invest in Future Wildlife Leaders

Kenya's Ol Pejeta is home to the last two northern white rhinos in the world.

On safari you can learn about - and contribute to - the future of wildlife conservation in Kenya. At Lewa Conservancy you’ll experience conservation first-hand, and your guide will share how your visit is having a positive impact on the local community and wildlife. Take a guided bush walk where you can hopefully spot one of the 200 Black and White rhino in the area, go behind the scenes to see Lewa’s renowned tracker dog unit, learn how the rangers monitor wildlife, or visit the Elephant Underpass that allows them to safely travel their traditional migratory route.

Every safari to East Africa will invest in a child’s participation in the Life & Land Wildlife Warrior Program. This program aims to educate the next generation of conservationists - who live in prominent wildlife areas - about the importance of wildlife conservation and tourism.

An Art & Culture Safari

Ardmore is home to some of South Africa's best artists.

Aside from the beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife in South Africa, you can also experience the country’s unique culture and sense of community through art and philanthropic projects.

In Durban, enjoy high tea at Ardmore, South Africa’s renowned ceramics studio, where you will meet talented local artisans who create stunning colorful ceramics and fabrics inspired by Zulu folklore and traditions. Learn how Ardmore began with one woman’s journey, and how the studio funds these talented group of sculptors and painters who have won numerous awards in South Africa and around the world.

To learn about Cape Town’s culture, history, and philanthropic community, take a city tour with Uthando. Meaning “love” in Xhosa, Uthando sheds a light in South Africa’s unsung heroes, touring through the city’s eastern townships to learn about diverse community projects that uplift its residents through arts and education. Expert guides will provide an in-depth overview of South Africa’s history and the role that apartheid, discrimination and inequality played in creating these communities.

Explore Rwanda’s Unique Wilderness and Inspiring Culture

Golden monkeys are an endangered species and are unique to the Virunga mountains

In Rwanda you’ll take a safari that was born to help wildlife and protect the country’s unique land and culture. Our Gorilla & Safari Adventure Safari guides you through Rwanda's stunning scenery. Showcasing the unique combination of gorilla treks and Big 5 safari in one country – exploring the incredible biodiversity, wildlife and people throughout Rwanda's volcanoes, rainforest and sweeping plains. Rwanda’s friendly people and gracious hospitality will welcome you as you safari and track the highly endangered mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, an experience that will change you forever. 

At Volcanoes National Park, witness arguably one of the finst views in all of Africa at Virunga Lodge. Guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. Guests of Virunga lodge have easy access to the Virunga chain of volcanoes allowing some of the best treks through the enchanting bamboo forest on the way to observe the magnificent mountain gorillas. The lodge does as much to support the local community as they do to protect wildlife, therefore endagered species such as the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Volcanoes National Park. 

At The Retreat in Rwanda’s capital, you can meet Rwanda's future leaders as they provide insight into Kigali's art and culinary experience. Gain a deep understanding of why Kigali is so special by visiting a local neighborhood market, participate in Imigongo art painting and taste the aromatic richness of the county’s famous coffee.

 

To book an exciting dream safari contact African Travel, Inc.

at 1 (800) 421-8907.

 

 

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