There’s always an experience that’s un-experienced, unsung glory to observe and an adventure to embark on. We all long for that one view that’ll shift your perception completely. Well, guess what?! Africa is the ultimate place to do this! Experience raw beauty; no filters! Plus, you’ll feel like you’re living out your very own “Indiana Jones” escapade.
Don’t believe us?! Take a stroll through our top 5 African destinations, that’ll knock your socks off. We’re convinced that you’ll be convinced!
1. Sabi Sands
This private game reserve has been aptly dubbed, as South Africa’s most iconic safari game reserve. In fact the Kruger National park, which the game reserve borders, considers Sabi Sands to be a flagship partner in conservation. Granted it’s privately owned, but the animals freely roam between the Kruger and Sabi Sands without any fences between the two. As a result you’ll find that Big 5 sightings are frequent, and over 300 bird species to delight in.
- Where to stay:
Our go-to place to stay in the Sabi Sands game reserve, is Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. It’s beyond exclusive, 8 sprawling villas, are designed to embrace the natural surroundings. They feature outdoor showers, viewing decks with private plunge pools, and glassed-in opulent bedrooms. The lodge is strategically elevated, giving its guests an amazing overlook of the Sabi River that flows nearby. Gourmet cuisine and top-class safari guides round off this extraordinary experience.
2. Northern Serengeti
The northern district of the Serengeti is famous for the great wildebeest migration between the months of July and October. However, what many don’t know is that outside of this peak time you can still see large amounts of wildlife without the disturbance of too many safari vehicles at a sighting. The north also offers the discerning tourist a sense of remoteness and off the beaten track feeling, compared to the central Serengeti.
- Where to stay:
Kaskaz Mara is one of the more affordable luxury tented safari camps in Tanzania, offering 4 star prices for a 5 star experience. This tented camp is built in a semi permanent style, allowing for a sense of adventure while staying in custom made large explorer style tents of the early pioneers. The 10 luxurious tents are unusually spacious and comfortable. The staff are incredibly attentive, locals who have built and invested their own passion into building these camps. The camp is very close to the famous Mara river wildebeest and zebra crossings that go over into Kenya in July/ August. They are also a short drive from Kogatende airstrip, the gateway to this northern region.
3. Cape Town
We’re itching to get you over to our home city, Cape Town. You’ll behold the new 7th natural wonder of the world, Table Mountain, with its glorious setting. It’s situated in the Cape Peninsula, and forms part of a fantastic national park, preserving the smallest floral kingdom in the world. Table Mountain National Park consists mostly of a coastal mountain range stretching from Signal Hill south for 90 km’s to Cape Point and the south western tip of Africa.
Cape Town is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts during its summer months (Dec – March). However, in June through till November you’ll be able to whale watch around the Cape of Good Hope. This will add that salty flavor to your trip, and wet your appetite for more.
- Where to stay:
The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is situated in the heart of Cape Town, with the iconic Table Mountain, peering over the building’s shoulders. Recently refurbished, this grand old dame, is the most historic hotel in the city, and a feast for the senses. As a cherished guest, you’ll be able to choose from their deluxe suites, to larger exclusive garden cottage suites. The hotel itself rewards you with fine dining, traditional high teas, and an impressive spa for pure relaxation. There’s also plenty to keep you busy. Like early sunrise, golden hour, guided mountain walks; tennis on site, and classic car touring, or simply relaxing at one of Cape Town’s most iconic pools, located within the property’s sprawling 9 acres of manicured gardens.
4. Victoria Falls
These 100m high natural waterfalls, speak for themselves as the grand diamond of Africa. Glistening in the sunlight, and located on the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, you’ll be able to witness the great water rush. The falls are classed within the 7 Wonders of the World, and it’s not very hard to see why. They’re surrounded by the lush, Zambezi National Park. Which provides a picturesque rain forest setting, with a column of permanent mist rising from the deep gorges below.
- Where to stay:
Chundu Island Lodge is situated on a 1.4 km long island in the Zambezi River. The lodge is designed as a fusion of beach and safari, with 8 spacious, island-style, guest suites. The owners have chosen to include all your meals and the majority of the popular activities, at a surprisingly affordable rate. You can enjoy the solitude of the island with Victoria Falls town not too far away, but without the sense of mass tourism on your doorstep . Activities include taking sunset cruises on the mighty Zambezi River, and enjoying leisurely island walks, or heading into town on a boat, to enjoy a tour of the falls.
5. Kapama Game Reserve
Idyllic Southern African nature at its finest! The Kapama Game Reserve is located near the town of Hoedspruit, west of Kruger National Park. Set up by a family who are passionate about conservation. Including the Big 5, 40 other unique animals species also find their home in the area. Be sure to lock and load your camera to capture all the, once-in-a-lifetime, action, on exciting game drives with expert rangers. They also offer a visit to their unique elephant conservation project, aimed at preserving the legacy of these gentle giants.
- Where to stay:
Camp Jabulani has been described as a dreamy place to reside in Kapama. The rooms and staff will go the extra mile for you, and You can choose from customized activities. These include elephant interaction, hot air ballooning over the impressive Blyde River Canyon, or game drives with expert guides.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our top 5 destinations to visit for 2019. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that 2019 is a year to explore. What better place to start than at one of these iconic places?! Feel free to get in touch with us for information or to book your next trip to Africa!