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Why Africa is the Perfect Choice for the ‘GOAT’

February 10th, 2022, by Jonathan Brannan

Expedia named 2022 the year of the GOAT or “Greatest of All Trips” and there is no bigger bucket list trip than an African safari.

“Africa, with its wide-open spaces and wildlife, has moved to the top of many people’s bucket list this year,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “Travelers want to make up for lost time. They want to get out, see, hear and feel Africa and share epic travel experiences with friends and family once again.”

For the greatest safari, here are five different ways to go big while exploring some of Africa’s natural wonders.

 

THE GREAT MIGRATION THIS SUMMER

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration

One of the greatest wildlife spectacles is the Great Migration and space is filling up fast this summer. Consider flying to the northern edge of the Serengeti for a less crowded view of the migration on our Discover the Wonders of Tanzania. Nestled in a private game reserve, TAASA Lodge allows you to delve deeper into communities that are practically untouched by tourism and have more intimate experiences on day and night game drives.

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration
In a remote corner of the Tarangire at Sanctuary Swala Camp, enjoy a new perspective of nature while canoeing 

The journey also features a new and unique experience in Tanzania, canoeing in a more secluded area of Tarangire National Park.

For those traveling alone or looking for great value, another option is staying at the African inspired lodges and camps on our Tanzania Explorer small group departure.  

 

FOREST TREKS

Enjoy a relaxing stroll down the white sand beaches on one of Africa's secluded island retreats
Connect with our closest relatives in Tanzania

While Africa is famous for its savannas and deserts, its forests are equally spectacular and contain the most unique wildlife trekking experiences. Some of the world’s largest tropical rainforests are found in Africa.

For the greatest diversity of forest treks, primates and landscapes, we recommend our Discover Rwanda journey. Visit Africa’s oldest rainforest, Nyungwe National Park and view the chimpanzees. In the Afro-alpine forests of Volcanoes National Park trek to see the playful antics of the Golden Monkeys or the social behaviors of one of the 12 habituated gorilla groups.  

You’ll feel like an explorer at Uganda’s Bwindi Eco Lodge with an expert guide leading you along jungle trails. After a long day, enjoy a Gorillini Cocktail at The Bwindi Bar which trains disadvantaged local youth in hospitality. To see chimpanzees in playful action, trek to Kibale Forest National Park on our Pearl of Africa, which is a sanctuary to 13 different primate species.

Lemur Madagascar
Take a walk into the spiny forest, home to the famous ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar

Another hidden forest gem, and favorite wellness spot for disconnecting, is Greystoke Mahale Camp in Tanzania. A remote lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the camp boasts a beach castaway African-style ambiance where you can spend time on the water or hike up the mountain to a thriving population of chimpanzees. 

For travelers looking for something wilder and more remote, consider trekking the wild forests of Magical Madagascar. The country holds 5% of the world’s wildlife and vegetation and is known as the “8th continent” for its biodiversity. Learn about the dozen lemurs in Madagascar’s Rainforest Corridor, explore the Sacred Gallery Forest, and go on exhilarating night walks in the Forest of Zenavo.

 

PRIVATE ISLAND EXPERIENCES

Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
At Azura Benguerra in Mozambique, enjoy an ocean safari and island hop by speedboat

Africa's Indian Ocean islands are trending, and we love ending a safari on the beach. From a tiny, heart-shaped private island off the shores of Zanzibar to the granite-strewn coastline of the Seychelles, each tropical island boasts its own unique flavors, captivating landscapes and warm island hospitality.

Tanzania’s exotic spice island, Zanzibar, also made TripAdvisor’s list of 2022 top trending destinations thanks to the island's rich history, including the UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town old quarter. Clear warm waters and amazing coral reefs are rich with marine diversity, making it one of the world's top dive sites.

To get the most out of Zanzibar – go private. We specialize in private touring on the island and have arranged many private snorkeling and chartered boats recently. For a back to nature feel, consider the villas at Kilindi Zanzibar which combines barefoot luxury and your private butler and is featured in our Enchanting East Africa journey.  

Zanzibar Scuba Diving, Tanzania
 The warm Indian Ocean water creates consistent water temperatures perfect for snokeling and diving

Mozambique, whose coastline extends from South Africa to Tanzania, has worked hard to protect its islands establishing Africa’s largest marine zone. There is a new island to explore when the Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira opens in December 2022. The private island is home to 20% of Mozambique’s living coral.

For those looking for a truly romantic island escape, consider Azura Benguerra Island. The Eden-like beach retreat featured in our African Romance safari comes with a private sun deck, infinity pool and butler.  If you reserve now, we will add the ultimate Azura Benguerra island hopping experience.

 

BUCKET LIST SOUTHERN AFRICA

Mfuwe Lodge Zambia Elephants
Featured in our Lions, Leopards & Tigerfish safari, elephants can wander through Mfuwe Safari Lodge's lobby 

It’s hard to nail down a Southern Africa bucket list. The region is home to the largest concentration of Africa’s natural wonders.

Clocking in at twice the height of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is perhaps the most famous experience here. Traditionally known as ‘the Smoke that Thunders,’ Victoria Falls is often a perfect end-point to a Southern African safari. Known as Africa’s Adventure Capital, see the falls on foot or from a helicopter, explore the Zambezi River in a canoe or luxury cruise, and swim in the mischievously named Devil’s Pool.

Busanga Bush Camp Kafue National Park
The charming Busanga Bush Camp is hidden within the heart of the Busanga Plains, in the pristine Kafue National Park

At least two days at the falls is recommended but we highly encourage guests to delve deeper into Zimbabwe or Zambia.  For a truly wild adventure, our safari specialists often recommend several experiences in Zambia, from the hidden gem of Kafue National Park to the untamed wilderness experiences found in our Zambia Lions, Leopards and Tigerfish safari.

South Africa is easing restrictions with its exit from the Omicron wave, and airlines are increasing air access to the "Rainbow Nation," creating more opportunity to pair a South African safari with Victoria Falls.

 

BOTSWANA'S SECRET SEASONS

Botswana Zebra Secret Migration
Botswana’s zebra journey in Botswana is known as the second largest zebra migration in the world

CNBC’s latest travel trends article noted that travelers will spend more on bucket list experiences. For the most extravagant trip, consider our Platinum Botswana tour of the new and revamped camps in Botswana. Glass bottom mokoro rides at Xigera Safari Lodge, soaking in the copper tubs at Zarafa Camp, and going back in time while walking with the Kalahari bushmen and relaxing at the 40s style Jack’s Camp.

It isn’t just about the unique camps, but what you can see year-round on this journey. Consider Botswana's 'Green Season,' known as the safari aficionado’s best kept secret. Between November to March, keen birdwatchers are in paradise with different migratory birds and photographers capture images of baby animals frolicking in lush grassland. The world’s second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest also happen in the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Botswana Mokoro
There is no experience more connected to Botswana's Okavango Delta than a journey through its reed-lined channels in a mokoro.

Come April to September, the floodwaters arrive from Angola to fill the Okavango Delta, making it the best time for mokoro and water safari activities. By contrast, the desert and salt pans are a shimmering whiteness and perfect for quad biking.

 

To book a 'GOAT' safari contact a safari specialist

at (800) 421-8907

African Travel Inc. Launches Curated Series of Romantic Safaris

January 31st, 2022, by Jonathan Brannan

Embrace Africa’s wild romance with a collection of incredible safari experiences in Africa’s hottest destinations

In celebration of the season of love, African Travel, Inc., an award-winning, luxury safari outfitter, has launched a Romance and Honeymoon safari series that curates the best safaris and experiences for weddings, anniversaries, honeymoons, and other romantic getaways.

“We have seen a 20% increase in requests for honeymoon and romantic safaris. Even during the pandemic romance hasn’t died and we’ve hosted many clients on honeymoons to Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana and organized small weddings,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc.

“Love is a celebration and Africa offers an endless list of romantic experiences,” Banda continued. “Everyone’s ideal romantic escape is different, and in celebrating 45 years in business, we know Africa like the back of our hand, compiling our favorite experiences, journeys, and tips to help customize the perfect safari.”

The series featured at AfricanTravelInc.com includes unique experiences and safaris for a variety of guests from adventure enthusiasts to couples who need a balance of beach, bush and city. Advisors can also access a customizable brochure to share with clients.

HOTTEST DESTINATIONS FOR 2022

Share breakfast with new long necked friends at Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Share breakfast at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

The series features curated journeys to Africa’s hottest destinations. Each of its safaris includes an interesting mix of Africa’s top lodges and camps and some exciting memorable moments.

Enjoy a relaxing stroll down the white sand beaches on one of Africa's secluded island retreats
Enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean

Africa’s islands and beaches are extremely popular. African Travel has seen an increase in requests for Seychelles and Zanzibar. The most popular safari for romance remains African Romance which pairs the intimacy of a secluded island in Mozambique with the exuberance of a safari at in South Africa Kruger Private Reserve and the exploration of the one of the world’s best cities, Cape Town. If guests reserve now, their safari will include a complimentary Azura Benguerra island hopping experience, with visits to beautiful beaches, snorkeling and a scenic beach picnic.

Sleep under the stars in one of Kenya's leading wildlife destinations
Sleep under the stars at Loisaba Star Beds

Another top romantic safari destination is Kenya. On Under Kenyan Skies, guests can explore two distinct Kenya iconic wildlife regions by day while relaxing at some of the continent’s best lodges and camps at night, including Mahali Mzuri, Travel + Leisure’s 2021 #1 World’s Best Hotel in the World, and one of the most exciting ways to experience Africa at night with a night a four poster Star bed at the Loisaba Conservancy. If guests travel before June 15, 2022, they will receive an additional complimentary night at Mahali Mzuri.

Get your feet wet in a Botswanan sundowner
Enjoy a unique Botswana sundowner

Getting off the beaten path is another hot trend. For a truly remote experience, Botswana offers a slew of new and revamped camps and lodges in famous reserves. There is unbelievable savings on one of African Travel’s most luxurious safaris Platinum Botswana, especially for those that choose to visit before June. Guests can catch the end of the Makgadikgadi Pans green season when there is the continent’s secret migration of zebra and blue wildebeest and enjoy exploring the newly opened and sustainable Xigera Safari Lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

While the romance and experiences may be wild, rest assured the journey will be a relaxing experience. The African Travel team takes care of every detail with its 24/7 Concierge Care service. With local offices in Africa and experts based across North America, advisors and guests can always reach local hosts and safari specialists who will take care of every detail and make changes to any services or itineraries if the need arises.

“Guests traveling with us can relax and enjoy quality time as they begin a new chapter or celebrate together,” Banda continues. “It’s time to celebrate the magic of romance as we anticipate 2022 to be the year of re-connecting with loved ones and the celebration of the future of life-long happiness.”

For more information, visit https://africantravelinc.com/content/romance

 

 

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

at 1 (800) 421-8907.

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.

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.

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