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- Exotic animals roaming free
- Exhilarating outdoor adventures
- Luxury lodges and fine dining
Gather with loved ones beside a shaded pool on the terrace of a safari lodge. Come together on a grassy hill with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a stunning backdrop. Count yourself blessed by a local chief in a Maasai ceremony on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Afterwards, spend a lazy afternoon sharing stories and brunch in the shade of an ancient Marula tree or at a catered barbecue on the vast savannah.
Some say this place is the original Garden of Eden. With luxury lodges, exhilarating game drives, privileged cultural visits, and extraordinary food and wine, Africa will certainly be a fresh, new beginning for you. For perfect game viewing, plan your festivities between December and February.
Start each morning with a champagne breakfast. Gather for mid-day snacks and catered lunches as you explore the wilderness. In the evenings, share stories from your action-packed days over beautifully prepared meals.
In Tanzania, you’ll find spicy foods with coconut milk, rice, chapatti bread, and grilled meats seasoned with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and curry. In South Africa, “Cape Dutch” cuisine includes curries, sweet chutneys, and fresh fish. Moroccan, Chinese, Congolese, and Japanese restaurants can be found in the larger cities. Popular beverages include Chai tea, African beers, and marvelous regional wines. Locally available fresh fruit and nuts make for wonderful snacks. And the jerky-like Biltong is a popular treat.
Natural wonders include Kruger National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Victoria Falls, wide open savannahs, and imposing Mt. Kilimanjaro. At sunset and sunrise, silhouetted Baobab trees are a stunning sight. Throughout the day, you’ll share the beauty of the natural world with pink flamingos, massive hippos, giraffes, baboons, elephants, chimpanzees, gazelles, and Cape Buffalo. Strong conservation efforts offer the opportunity to learn about endangered species in the areas you visit.
Knowledgeable guides can provide insights into the languages, beliefs, and practices of the Tsonga-Shangaan, Pedi, San (Bushmen), Venda, Ndebele, and Maasai cultures. As well as the historic struggles of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and other freedom fighters. The music and dance of the regions include traditional rhythms and hauntingly beautiful “storytelling” melodies – sung by talented indigenous choirs – that will remain in your memory long after you return home.
Daily game drives provide opportunities to discover wildebeest, cheetahs, jackals, zebras, lions, leopards, endangered black rhinos, Cape Buffalo, and magnificent African elephants. Other thrills include hot air balloon rides at sunrise. Visits to Southern Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. Lazy days in the beach resorts of Cape Town. And dazzling afternoons beside Victoria Falls.
Select lodges offer spa services, golf, croquet, lawn bowling, and swimming pools. More adventurous types may wish to charter a boat on Lake Tanganyika, climb the imposing Mt. Kilimanjaro, or go scuba diving in the Seychelles.