Africa is synonymous with safari, and probably top of mind when you begin planning a trip to this vast continent. Each of Africa’s 54 countries has their own unique topography, ethnic cultures and cuisines. Here, we’ll explore some of our top 10 experiences to consider when planning a trip. Of course, safari is included on this list...but with a twist.
As we deplane from our Cape Town/Durban flight, my friend asks if we are still in South Africa. I glare at her. But then, I think about it. Few North Americans go to Durban.
Blessed with natural beauty, the city sits on South Africa’s east coast. The aquamarine Indian Ocean slithers onto its gilded, sandy shore. Golden Mile Beach has a resort-like atmosphere. Across the street sits some art deco architecture. One tends to liken it to Miami Beach. But that is where the similarity ends. With its collage of colors, tastes, sounds and smells, Durban illuminates the senses.
Akiva Weiss, recognized as the founding father of Tel Aviv, had a vision that it would one day become Israel’s New York City. This booming economic, artistic and cultural center is proof positive that his prophecy has come to pass. Driving along its Mediterranean coastline, with cafes, palm trees and luxury hotels fronting sandy beaches, there are soaring buildings and new ones being built. Tel Aviv’s star is definitely on the rise.
In North Africa, just across the Gibraltar Strait from Europe, Morocco is an age-old Islamic kingdom whose roots stretch back twelve centuries. Morocco’s bustling souqs, walled gardens and intricately tiled buildings attract many American visitors, while its favorable exchange rate and modern infrastructure insure good value and comfort.
was 25 years ago this year that the country saw the fall of apartheid, ending centuries of white-only rule, and giving all races the right to vote. The anniversary is officially observed on April 27, 2019, also known as ‘’Freedom Day,’’ a statutory holiday in the country. The year 2019 not only marks this historic event but also ushers in exciting new hotels and lodges, and a cool new initiative from the tourism board in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Travelers are once again feeling Egypt’s draw. Tourism is on the rise, and the country has committed to developing a sustainable tourism plan, by focusing on specific destinations within the country, rather than the country as a whole. This will bring familiarity to the many different regions and tourism experiences that Egypt has to offer. Egypt’s first female Minister of Tourism, Rania Al Mashat, has also announced a campaign called “People to People” which will highlight the citizens of each region, and showcase their pride, peace, passion, progress and positivity.
Kenya Airways’ first ever nonstop flight between New York and Nairobi launched last October 28. The daily flights are expected to greatly increase tourism, both in Kenya and other African destinations served by the carrier. I traveled on one of the inaugural flights on a state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Business Class. It was seamless: spacious seats turned into comfortable lie flat beds, food was excellent and the service exceptional.
The African safari experience has come a very long way since it all began in the 18th century, but it has most certainly not lost any of its intrigue or adventure. Some of the tented camps available today invoke a sense of safaris from days gone by, but offer all the amenities that today’s luxury travelers desire. There are many different types of safari, and so many unique ways to experience the vast and breathtaking landscapes of Africa. A luxury safari takes travelers to Africa in style and comfort.
Carrying a large cross, a group of tourists solemnly stop to pray at each station on the Via Delarosa in Jerusalem’s Old City. Their final destination - the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - where Jesus was stripped of his garments, nailed to the cross and died. At the 14th station, Jesus was laid to rest and later resurrected.
For sunbathing and romping in the ocean, don’t overlook the wonderful island choices off the coast of Africa. Zanzibar Island is a water hotspot. The overall Zanzibar Archipelago is in the Indian Ocean, just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania. However, it could not be more different than the mainland.
Here you will find turquoise waters, shallow sandbars and if you head into the capital of Zanzibar City, be sure to visit the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter.