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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.

Related Guides

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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both camps truly are fantastic April 2018

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Experience Botswana Surrounded by Beauty & Romance

We just returned home from our trip to the Duba and Zarafa camps! WOW! Without a doubt, both of these camps were exceptional. The decor and layout of our rooms was absolutely stunning. Our game drives were terrific—almost daily afternoon rainstorms provided us with some of the best rainbows we’ve ever seen. The daytime temperatures were comfortable and very pleasant this time of year. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend either of these camps for a first class experience. If I had to choose between them, I think I would pick the Duba camp since it was newly renovated and closer to the airstrip— but both camps truly are fantastic. Read more

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Simply outstanding March 2018

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Lion World Travel Company Reviews

Simply outstanding. I took my 4 grown children on the Classic Tanzania trip the end of May 2017. We saw every animal over and over and babies everywhere. Lion World through Costco were outstanding to work with. I travel 100,000 plus miles a year and when I say there was not one thing I would change about this trip, I am sincere. Keep in mind all the tour companies go to the same areas where the animals are most likely to be and I guarantee folks paid twice as much as Lion World charges for the same sights. The hotels were outstanding along with the food. 27 countries later, this was our favorite trip as a family. I paid, we showed up and they did the rest.
Thank you Lion World, Cheryl you rock
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The trip was fantastic! February 2018

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Discover South Africa With Victoria Falls

Our trip was fantastic. Much more than we ever expected. The Capetown leg you recommended was unbelievable. It was made especially great by our guide Renee. She was always on-time, knowledgeable, exceedingly friendly, and had many great recommendations and suggestions. The guides were excellent and the game drives we went on were magical. We saw all of the big five and had some great adventures * Victoria Falls was mostly dry but that was because of the dry season. Here, again, the guide was always prompt and informed. We did some walking around in Livingstone and drank in the culture. All the transfers we on time, all of the guides were excellent, and there wasn't a single glitch. Kudos. Obviously this tour was not your "sit in a bus and take in the scenery" type tour. It was exactly what we wanted. Read more

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I was completely blown away October 2017

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6 Days Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife Tour

The most beautiful holiday country I have ever visited
All that I've seen, far exceeded my expectations. Especially the gorillas. We had a fantastic guide Anthony Kato. He brought us each day along bumpy, smooth and non asphalted roads to our lodge. Most lodges I found good. Our guide has told much about Uganda, such as habits, tradition, the population and so on. Thought it was clever that he knew a lot about the animals in the park. I got through his explanation a very different and positive image of Uganda. Sure to recommend Uganda and Scenic Trails Safaris to others.
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This was seriously the most amazing September 2017

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Oceanic Society Company Reviews

This was seriously the most amazing Whale watching Farallon Islands trip ever!! We saw dozens of humpbacks lung feeding a blue whale a mola mola and so many other marine mammal plus a blue footed booby on the islands! Insane. Read more

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Rich culture , wonderful people September 2017

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Vacations to go travel Company Reviews

Rich culture , wonderful people and thank to vacations to go travel who made this happened ! Special thank to great organization of Magdy, wonderful welcome of Ahmed at the airport, amazing all day city tour of Caio with the most knowledgeable person Tammer. Part 2 of our trip was very well done and put together in beautiful Aswan, Luxor and the Nile cruise guided by extremely friendly and knowledgeable our guide, Ibrahim, concluded our majestic and memorable trip to Egypt. First class , well organized to the country of Egypt all the way to the end would not be possible for us without Vacations to go travel. Special thank to Mr. Mohammed to drive us around the town smoothly and comfortably always with his wonderful smile and patience. Thank you all ! Read more

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