The second-largest continent in the world, covering 6% of the total surface of the earth, Africa is a world within itself. A huge continent with varied climates, landscapes and cultures, you could visit Africa hundreds of times and never have the same experience.
The birthplace of humankind, Africa is a land of great ancient civilisations. Here, you can uncover astounding historic sights, from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the towering obelisks of the Kingdom of Aksum in Ethiopia and the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa. The continent is home to 54 countries and can be roughly divided into five regions: northern, central, eastern, western and southern Africa.
In North Africa, you can experience Islamic traditions and discover the magic of the Sahara Desert, the history of the River Nile and the abundance of the Red Sea. Travel to East Africa is ideal to discover its wildlife-rich national parks. It’s also the most popular destination for safari holidays in Africa. Home an incredible array of animals, it’s the stage for the famous Great Migration, which sees millions of wildebeest journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Central Africa is the least-travelled region and has less tourist infrastructure although it is also home to impressive natural sights and wildlife. In West Africa, you’ll find a variety of cultures, as well as beautiful Atlantic beaches. Senegal, Gambia and Ghana are popular tourist destinations in West Africa. Finally, Southern Africa is the most popular destination for international travellers and boasts both diverse landscapes and incredible wildlife. The Namib Desert, Victoria Falls and the important safari destinations of Chobe, Kruger and the Okavango Delta are all located in Southern Africa. Also, you cannot forget Africa’s numerous islands, such as magnificent Madagascar, with its lemurs and baobab trees or idyllic Seychelles, as well as the islands of Reunion and Mauritius, the latter of which is nicknamed the ‘Land of Eden’.
Wherever you travel in Africa, you’re sure to encounter warm hospitality and plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the local culture. The continent is famed for its rich traditions of visual arts as well as its tribal communities, which still thrive in some areas of Africa.
If you are planning a trip to Africa, some of the most unmissable bucket-list sights to include on your itinerary are a safari through the national parks of Kenya or Tanzania, the fossilised trees of Soussevlei in Namibia, the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia, the desert kasbahs of Morocco, the elusive mountain gorillas of Uganda, the Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar and the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Africa is a continent of dazzling contrasts. Here you can relax on paradisiacal beaches of white sand and turquoise blue waters, or feel the hustle and bustle of its dynamic cities. You can delve into its multitude of cultures and encounter the most authentic ethnic groups and tribes on the planet, or enjoy nature in its purest state on a luxury safari. Come and discover Africa with Exoticca. Discover our wide selection of carefully crafted holidays to Africa and discover this continent for yourself!