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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 Namibiasome 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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Top Africa Attractions

The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Kruger National Park in South Africa

Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

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Africa Attractions And 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.

Safari Dreams

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

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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Countries:

EgyptNamibiaKenyaMoroccoBotswanaZambiaZimbabweSouth AfricaTanzaniaUgandaMadagascarGhanaTunisiaEthiopiaRwandaMozambiqueSierra LeoneBeninBurkina FasoSenegalAlgeria, Malawi, Togo, Gambia, Swaziland

Attractions:

Pyramids at GizaNile RiverMasai Mara National ParkOkavango DeltaVictoria FallsKruger National Park, Cape Town, Mt. KilimanjaroSerengetiNgorongoro CraterZanzibar and many more.

Top Activities:

Viewing WildlifeSafari and Game Drive 

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Great safari we had May 2018

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Classic Kenya Highlights Safari

Me and my wife had a great safari last summer where we did 11 days safari with Denham holidays. we had a very good guide who always asked as many questions to make sure we understood. we feel knowledgeable after this safari. We already think of going back early 2019 or mid to watch the great wildebeest migration at Masai Mara Read more

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Breathtaking! February 2018

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East African Explorer

Kenya was absolutely breathtaking! The sheer amount of animals we saw on this trip was so much more that what we expected. We were taken aback by how diverse and rich the biodiversity and landscape is. This tour is a gem for those who love animals and is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Read more

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World Wonder! February 2018

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Mystical Egypt

Our tour to Egypt was fantastic! I always wanted to travel to Egypt and see the pyramids and finally seeing them in person just took my breath away. Not only did we see the pyramids, but also so many other egyptian sights and artifacts. The cruise we took was great. Everything was taken care of and cruising along the mighty Nile river definitely made it feel like we were back in time to the era of the Pharaohs. I know that Egypt's reputation is not so good now, but if you travel with a tour company like Indus who are specialists in the area, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Read more

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Truly and in-depth experience of South Africa February 2018

5.0

South Africa In Depth

This tour definitely gave us an in-depth experience of South Africa because it had everything that you could ever want from in a visit to South Africa.

First, there was ample time to explore Johannesburg and Cape Town, before heading into Africa's heartland and experiencing the absolutely wonderful wildlife and natural beauty.

The game drives in Kruger were an absolute dream come true as going on a safari in Africa has been on top of my bucket list for ages. The visits to Knysna, Drakensburg and other places were just so beautiful and was truly unexpected.

All in all, this was a tour that was very good, especially given what's included for the price you have to pay.

I will definitely travel with Indus again.

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Truly and in-depth experience of South Africa February 2018

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South Africa In Depth

This tour definitely gave us an in-depth experience of South Africa because it had everything that you could ever want from in a visit to South Africa.

First, there was ample time to explore Johannesburg and Cape Town, before heading into Africa's heartland and experiencing the absolutely wonderful wildlife and natural beauty.

The game drives in Kruger were an absolute dream come true as going on a safari in Africa has been on top of my bucket list for ages. The visits to Knysna, Drakensburg and other places were just so beautiful and was truly unexpected.

All in all, this was a tour that was very good, especially given what's included for the price you have to pay.

I will definitely travel with Indus again.

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Operator Indus Travels

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