To many travellers, Africa is uncharted territory. We’ve heard about its wildlife and connection to the beginnings of mankind, but there’s so much more. A number of countries are now offering a high calibre of tourism, top-notch guides, unique resorts, and excellent companies that feature eco adventures, hands-on learning, volunteer experiences and much more. If you want to go somewhere different that not every one of your friends and family has gone to, Africa is it. It appeals to intrepid explorers who like unspoiled terrain, amazing safaris, and cultural encounters.
Among the best-known countries is South Africa, a unique blend of nature reserves like Kruger National Park, mountains, vineyards, world-class golf courses and urban chic with sophisticated cities like Cape Town. Kenya and Tanzania hold great allure for wildlife and nature lovers, plus a large handful of adventurers who seek to climb Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro. Egypt is becoming a favourite for its hot sunny climates, The Pyramids (naturally), fantastic museums, and bustling markets. The countries that you may not know as well are worth getting to know too.
Morocco and Tunisia are ideal spots for those who love package holidays with everything neatly bundled together for a carefree holiday. A nice combination of affordability, fine hotels and beaches has attracted the weekend getaway crowd as well as the long-term stay holidaymakers who love to live by the sea. There’s never been a better time to discover the exotic splendours of Africa. Have your Travel Counsellor help point the way.
Why you should go:
Your money goes further here, on everything from hotel suites to chocolate sweets!
Tourism has developed steadily over the last decade, so travellers have more to choose from, whether you’re looking at safari guides or hot air balloon rides.
Some of the most wonderful natural sights are found here. Think Victoria Falls and the annual migration of wildebeest through the grasslands.
Thursday 6th July 2006
Travel Counsellor: Fidelma Brady
South Africa is my favourite holiday destination. I first travelled here on my honeymoon in 2001 and just had to go back again with my husband as we both adored the whole experience. I am so passionate about this country and I wanted to share my experiences with you.
I arrived into the “Mother city” of Capetown and stayed in the waterfront area. I visited Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope travelling past little towns with Irish names like Clifton and Bantry. Then I went to visit Robben Island – a must for any visitor to Capetown. Following 5 days in Capetown I drove to Stellenbosch, a beautiful wine growing area 45 minutes drive from Capetown. I visited 6 vineyards on my wine tour and now my two favourite red wines come from this area.
Stellenbosch is a lively university town and I enjoyed people watching from its cafes & the nightlife was great too.
I then drove further on to Hermanus and went on a boat trip to see the Southerrn Right Whales that migrate to the shores of South... view full story
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