Even for the most intrepid travelers, Africa may feel like it’s still another world away, but the truth is that, in our ever-shrinking world, it is becoming easier to experience the continent that conjures images of brave explorers trekking through the bush in search of majestic, larger than life animals.
Airlines are opening more and more routes from the United States, reducing the number of layovers and stops to get to your destination. Some, including South African Airways, even offer daily non-stop flights from the East Coast to Johannesburg.
Once in South Africa, visitors are greeted by the modern cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and more. Enjoy the luxurious lifestyle offered by world-class hotels, such as the one and only Cape Town, while taking in the views of Table Mountain and exploring modern Africa.
The Cape Winelands have a history dating back to the 1600s and features rolling vineyards, beautiful mountain ranges and, of course, fine South African wines. A visit to the historical town of Stellenbosch, famous for its Cape Dutch architecture and wine tastings in some of the finest wine estates, can’t be missed.
Of course, on the top of everyone’s list when visiting Africa, is a true safari experience. Come for the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo – but stay for the always impressive hippopotamus, springbok, cheetah, penguins and more! From mobile tent camps to luxurious bush lodges, finding the right expedition is easy when you have a trusted and knowledgeable travel specialist on your side.
“When I moved to Tucson to marry my wife, Holly, I knew I was leaving a place that was very special to me and I wanted a way to not only keep a connection with home, but also to share how wonderful of a place it is with others,” said Terry von Guilleaume, founder and CEO of DSA Vacations in Tucson, AZ.
Another hot spot is Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River creates a natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, Victoria Falls offers activities from historical tours and sunset cruises to zip lining and bungee jumping.
For a little more adventure, consider the gorilla treks of east Africa. You will travel with guides through the jungles of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to come in such close proximity with wild gorillas in their own natural habitat and observe how they live as a family.
When planning your next vacation forget your old perceptions of what you thought Africa had to offer and speak with an Africa travel specialist about creating the perfect mix of history, adventure and luxury for you and your travel companions.
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