8 reasons to visit Africa

Date Posted: 08/01/2013

Enjoy a picnic on safari in Zambia

If you’ve been inspired by David Attenborough’s new BBC One series, Africa, here are a host of innovative ideas for special-interest groups to enjoy on an African excursion.

From vast plains and deserts to lush jungles and mountain trails, Africa can accommodate the needs of every traveller by offering a variety of holiday types.Group travel organisers will find something to suit all group members; whether you fancy whale watching, gorilla spotting, or teaming up a round of golf with a safari trip, Africa has a variety of special-interest holidays which can please everyone.

Whale watching
Where: South Africa

While one might not automatically associate whale spotting with the African continent, it proves a popular activity for groups to experience. The Southern Right whale, one of the largest mammals in the world, visits the shores of South Africa annually. In between July and December, you can enjoy unrivalled viewings of the whales from the shoreline, or up close from onboard a boat from Cape Town. Other aquatic attractions include Great White sharks, turtles, and dolphins.

Safari
Where: South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia

A safari holiday is a must for any seasoned traveller, and Africa offers a range of destinations where a safari excursion can be enjoyed. From the vast plains of the Serengeti and the water wilderness of the Okavango Delta, to the open spaces of the Zambia and Namibia’s deserts, group travellers can experience various climate and environmental changes in the different parts of the continent. Guests on such excursions are promised great wildlife views, as well as the option of enjoying safari by foot, boat, canoe, safari vehicle, balloon, or even atop an elephant.

Gorillas
Where: The Congo, Uganda, Rwanda

Groups can go on a mountain gorilla trail to find and observe a number of endangered species which are found in the wilderness of Africa. You can visit the Parc des Virungas in the Congo, the Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, or the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda for a chance to see the gorillas. The treks require stamina and a degree of luck, and travellers will be rewarded with an unforgettable encounter.

Experience Africa on a group trip into the wild

Golf
Where: South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia

A day out playing golf is as much about the course as it is the sport. Groups can enjoy spectacular views and scenery, and can choose to combine a safari trip as well. With pre-reserved tee-times and low green fees, golfing holiday options vary from South Africa’s luxury courses, to the unique desert offerings of Namibia, and the picturesque challenges of Kenya and Zambia.

Rail journeys
Where: South Africa

Group travel organisers can book their parties onto a luxury train journey, which takes travellers around some of Africa’s highlights in style. Popular excursions include voyages from both Cape Town and the Victoria Falls to Pretoria and from the Kruger Park to Durban. The famous Garden Route is also an option for those wanting to visit the south-eastern coast of South Africa.

Diving/beaches
Where: South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, The Seychelles, Mauritius, Malawi, Nambia, Madagascar, Kenya

Combine a day’s sporting activities with a beach experience. Africa offers some top-quality diving spots, including the fascinating waters of northern KwaZulu Natal, as well as the Indian Ocean, the channels off the east African coast, and Namibia’s skeleton coast. Group travellers can also spend time at some of the many beaches Africa has to offer, such as Mozambique’s archipelago, the retreat at Zanzibar, and the islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles. GTOs can organise holidays around luxury beach resorts and hideaways at many of these destinations.

Food and Wine
Where: South Africa

African cuisine is as varied as the continent itself. From the Arabian-influenced curries of east Africa to the traditional braais of southern Africa, special-interest groups can make a real holiday experience out of sampling local food and drink. South Africa also offers a variety of wine tasting experiences.

Spa
Where: South Africa, The Seychelles, Mauritius, Namibia

For those who are after relaxation and revitalisation, Africa offers a variety of spa holidays. You can enjoy a holistic safari experience, which includes outdoor therapies while out in the wild. There is also the option of vinotherpary, a unique treatment using grapes at the Cape, or a host of designer spas in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

These ideas were generated by africatravel.co.uk, a tour operator specialising in holidays and tailor-made trips to Africa.

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