Africa - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
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- Admire a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
- Trek to see chimpanzees in uganda
- Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful elephant and hippo populations in queen elizabeth national park
- See tree climbing lions
- Enjoy going for game drives twice a day
- Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
- Know more about the tribes and local culture
- See herds of Elephants
- Witness the great migration
- Explore Arusha
- Drive to Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy walking safari or standard game drive including sundowners
- Visit Serengeti National Park's Mwiba Airstrip
- Enjoy a world class breakfast at your lodge and a morning at leisure
- Spend your next 3 days at the Resort & Spa enjoying the multitude of activities on offer
- Discover Zanzibar
- Enjoy visiting Dar es Selaam
- Experience the view of Table Mountain and the Robben Island in the center of excitement in Cape Town’s harbor
- Visit the beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton and then cross to Hout Bay for a boat cruise that takes you to Seal Island
- Visit Stellenbosch, a wine producing region
- Visit Franschhoek Town
- Explore Timbavati which is popular as the birthplace of the famous African white lions
- Savor a traditional dinner in the bush with Masai entertainment.
- Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the bush, surrounded by nature.
- See Rothschild giraffes up-close as you feed them from a platform.
- Learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu people.
- Make a stop at a Masai village to get to know the people.
- Set out on numerous game drives in search of lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.
- View wildlife up-close from your treetop lodge, The Ark.
- Explore the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.
- Pause at the Equator.
- Marvel at fish river canyon
- Explore giant sand dunes and victoria falls
- Track the big five
- Take wildlife walks and dugout canoe rides
- Enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.
- Views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.
- See the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi.
- Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech
- Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the impressive Todra Gorge
- Experience a traditional hammam in the village of Tighza
- Walk from a remote Berber community into the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
- Relax in the charming fishing port of Essaouira
- Explore Table Mountain (Cape Town)
- See the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
- Explore amazing Hluhluwe Game Reserve
- Visit to Kruger National Park
- Vist Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
- Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca)
- Koutobia Minaret (Marrakesh)
- Jemaa El Fna (Marrakesh)
- Essaouira Medina
- Ait Ben Haddou
- Todra Palmeraie Gorge (Erfoud)
- Erg Chebbi Desert
- Camel Ride in the Dunes
- Royal Palace (Rabat)
- See the Victoria Falls River natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
- Explore Zimbabwe
- Visit Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife
- See the Selinda Reserve which is a 320,00-acre private concession in northern Botswana
- Join locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern.
- Experience an unforgettable African “Boma” dinner.
- Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees in Knysna.
- Visit one of the oldest working ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of South Africa – and learn about these fascinating animals.
- Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet.
- Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums.
- Search for the “Big 5” on an open-air safari game drive!
- Marvel at the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains.
- Behold the luxurious mansions of Soweto — South West Township.
- From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular itinerary
- Embark on a three-night stay along the banks of the Chobe River aboard the graceful 'Zambezi Queen'
- Traverse majestic mountain ranges and grassy savannas on a two-day train journey by elegant, timeless Rovos Rail
- Stand atop Table Mountain overlooking the Twelve Apostles range, tour the spectacular Cape of Good Hope and see the African penguin colony on Boulders Beach
- Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
- End your journey at the latest luxury camp located in Okavango Delta's Moremi Game Reserve, predator capital of Africa - Sanctuary Chief's Camp
- Venture far off the tourist track into Benin, Togo, and Ghana
- Unique access to traditions, including voodoo ceremonies, mask dances, and bead making
- Spectacular contrasts: the cosmopolitan capital Lomé, the rural stilt village of Ganvie, the beautiful beaches of Accra
- Incredible wildlife viewing in the natural sanctuary of the Ngorongoro Crater
- A chance to see the infamous tree climbing lions of Manyara and the Serengeti
- The vast wide open plains of the Serengeti, teeming with wildlife
- Dates scheduled around the wildebeest migration
- The enormous elephant herds of Tarangire National Park
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Top Africa Experiences
Being astonished by the sheer force and majesty of teeming Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of cascading water on earth.
Visiting Africa in the dry season (between July and October) and witnessing the Great Migration when hundreds of wildebeest thunder across the Serengeti.
Exploring the sand dunes in Namibia, some of the tallest in the world.
Tasting the vintages in South Africa’s burgeoning wine country.
Experiencing the scenic Sahara Desert
Trekking Tanzania’s famed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, where you’ll find snow near the Equator.
Enjoying Madagascar’s abundant wildlife, especially playful wide-eyed lemurs as they hop among the branches
Wandering the exotic souks in ancient Fes, Morocco, the closest thing imaginable to time-traveling back to the Middle Ages.
Gazing at Giza’s mysterious pyramids in Egypt—thousands of years old and still one of the world’s engineering marvels.
Going on a gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda and being humbled by these gentle giants.
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Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Expansive and diverse, Africa is a land unlike any other. Offering the chance for incredible wildlife viewing, an African safari is the classic bucket list item. But Africa also offers so much more, like meeting local tribes, wine-tasting, and scenic ocean drives. Let Stride be your guide for finding the perfect trip, combining both comfort and excitement.
Africa adventure traveler, I presume? You’re not alone. Doctor David Livingstone, Henry Stanley, Sir Richard Burton, Ferdinand Magellan . . . explorers have long been drawn to the wonders of Africa.
But your trip will be worlds easier than that of past adventurers. Stride has found the best African tours: vacation packages that showcase the continent’s top attractions, offering adventures, photo ops and memories galore.
The second-largest continent, Africa is definitely big in size -- but to many outsiders it’s an even bigger mystery. We’ll fix that. What adventuresome person hasn’t dreamed of taking an African safari, gazing upon the pyramids of Giza, haggling in a Moroccan souk or trekking across the Sahara? It’s time to get your “Dr. Livingstone on.”
A safari is the first thing that usually comes to mind when you think about visiting Africa. Translating as “to journey” in Swahili, “safari” tours offer opportunities to see animals found nowhere else.. The big ten of African wildlife are elephants, lions, hippos, Cape buffalo, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs and leopards. But don’t overlook the thrill of possibly encountering a mountain gorilla, watching an ostrich sprint across the Savannah, or looking up to see a long-tailed widow bird streaking through the air.
Expert Tour Operators
Stride Travel’s knowledgeable tour operators know the lay of the land and ensure that you see as many of these majestic creatures as possible. Lions may average 20 hours of sleep per day, but veteran guides can track them down. You may spot leopards (after all, they’re notably spotted) or hippos, humongous vegetarians that can reach breakneck speeds of 20 miles an hour (one reason they’re considered the most dangerous of all African animals). Your tour vehicle may even stay neck and neck with a herd of giraffes, or come upon elephants noisily feasting on the local vegetation.
Are Egypt’s pyramids and Nile River cruises off your radar? Then we say “tut-tut.” Taking a tour to the Cairo’s Giza pyramids – also site of the inscrutable Sphinx -- treats you to an unparalleled history lesson in the marvels of ancient engineering. And a Nile River cruise will transport you in comfort to the architectural wonders of fabled Luxor while drinking in the passing panorama of rural Egypt.
Desert treks can be a memorable feature of the Africa tour experience. The Sahara is as large as the U.S.’s Lower 48 and -- at just three inches of annual rainfall – is one of the driest spots on the planet. But you’ll also find incredible beauty and remarkable people who have adapted to living amid all that sand. And far to the south, watching the breeze shape the pink-hued dunes of Namibia is also pure magic.
And that’s just a taste of what you can discover on an Africa tour. Did we mention Indian Ocean beach holidays that afford romantic getaways by turquoise seas? Pointing your compass to an Atlas Mountain hike in Morocco? Visiting castle-like mud houses in the wilds of West Africa? The list of unforgettable experiences is nearly endless.
Ultimately, taking an Africa tour becomes part of who you are -- luring you back to this spectacular continent again and again.
Once you’re on your way…
• Pack some warm clothing for high-elevation areas, such as Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,000-feet-plus) and Ngorongoro Crater (5,900 foot elevation). And nights can get downright chilly anywhere in Africa, even near the Equator.
• The African sun is hot. Bring wide-brimmed hats, lightweight long sleeve shirts and, of course, good sun block for your safari.
• Be prepared to get up early and out into the game park as near to sunrise as possible, while the air is still cool. That’s when the animals are up and about – but not all the competing safari vehicles will be.
• As a buffer against long hours of riding on bumpy, unpaved roads, consider bringing a seat cushion along. Cameras take a beating, too, especially from the dust (protective plastic bags help).
• As for keeping the camera steady in a safari vehicle, a tripod is best but bean bags (if supplied by your driver/guide) fit easily across the edge of roof openings and reduce shake.
• Bring a good pair of high-powered binoculars – you won’t regret it.
• Don’t ignore some of the “lesser” creatures in the wild, such as hyenas and lizards, or the bird life: ostriches, cranes, flamingos, secretary birds (named for their quill-like feathers) and nest-knitting weaver birds.
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