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5 Reasons to Travel to Africa Now

April 6th, 2021, by Chelsea Todaro

As travel begins to re-emerge, Africa has become a coveted vacation destination for adventure, romance, and family travel and space on safaris is filling up fast. 

“Africa is proving to be a very popular destination for 2021 and 2022 because it offers a diversity of bucket list safaris for every travel style and interest,” said our president, Sherwin Banda. “Africa lends itself to outdoor and social distancing experiences that many luxury travelers are looking for right now.”

Now is the time to reserve a spot, as space is limited. Here are the top five reasons to place Africa at the top of the list:

1. Africa is Open and Accessible 

With easing travel restrictions, airlines are increasing flights to Africa, which you can lock in now. Delta and United Airlines recently announced that they will have new routes to Africa in June. Our team has access to great flight rates with United Airlines to Cape Town later this year. There are also more choices in visiting other destinations in Africa due to increased internal flight options in Africa, such as more flights from South Africa to Victoria Falls starting again.

As a top award-winning safari operator selling the destination for 45 years, we know how to match the right Africa with the right client.  African Travel has strong relationships across Africa, with plenty of space reserved, and can help craft the right safari for each guests. We have enhanced our experiences to bring the best of Africa while offering flexibility in travel and five-star service. 

 

Robin Pope Safaris zebra foal, Zambia

 

2. Find Exceptional Value This Green Season 

While you can travel to Africa year-round, one of our favorite times to visit is during the Green Season.

With the rains of Africa comes bright, blossoming flowers, thousands of migrant birds, and ideal breeding grounds for all types of wildlife. You’ll have a high chance of spotting baby animals with their mothers and predators of all kinds.

There are less crowds and favorable rates during the green season. It also creates ideal conditions for incredible photography opportunities of wildlife and colorful landscapes. 

The Green Season varies in Africa. East Africa is in November, December, and April, with Southern Africa from December to March.

Additionally, guests can save thousands of dollars on our most popular trips when traveling this year, receiving an additional 10% savings. See special offers.

 

3. Amazing Private Options

With luxury safaris comes ultimate private experiences from highly vetted lodges. This means less – or at times nearly absent- crowds that makes for an ideal safari experience. Although our safaris are naturally more intimate, the private conservancies and camps we partner with offer great exclusive options for guests.

Our new South Africa Private Villa Safari unlocks the 'rainbow nation's' hidden secrets.  Exploring the most exclusive private reserves in the country, you’ll experience Ellerman House villa’s sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, discover Tswalu Tarkuni’s ultimate off-the-beaten-track escape and indulge in The Farmhouse at Royal Malewane’s own private deck and outside shower, with spectacular views of the bush.

 

The Farmstead private villa at Royal Malewane, South Africa

 

“Tswalu simply excels at accommodating privacy for families, especially in the Tarkuni Private Villa that accommodates up to ten guests. Because each party is assigned a private vehicle and dedicated guide, everyone enjoys total flexibility and peace of mind,” - Yvette DeVries, Safari Consultant

For adventurous luxury, Rwanda and Uganda boast secluded small and intimate lodges where you can trek the lush green forests for endangered gorillas and chimpanzees. Uganda’s Wildlife Authority has extended their promotional discounts until the end of June, with exciting offers on gorilla and chimpanzee permits and discounts in park entries and birding fees.

If you love stargazing, opt for an incredible private night-sky experience in Kenya on our Under Kenyan Skies safari. It’s just you, your handcrafted four poster bed on raised wooden platforms, and the bush, as you sleep in Loisaba Conservancy’s Star Beds for uninterrupted views of the galaxy from above.

 

4. New Camps Deliver Bragging Rights

By traveling to Africa now, you’ll be one of the first to visit and indulge in Africa’s new and renovated lodges and camps before others do.

Botswana is a hot spot for new lodges this year, such as Red Carnation’s Xigera Safari Lodge - set in the heart of the Okavango Delta with a capacity of just 24 guests and is 100% solar-powered.  Xigera’s spacious suites look out onto lily-filled lagoons, providing a front-row seat to the theater of the African bush and its interiors are filled with exceptional artwork that matches the unique location.  

 

Xigera Safari Lodge suite interior, Botswana

 

Another newer option on the fringes of the Okavango Delta is Tuludi in the private Khwai Private Reserve. There are plenty of spots to chill whether in one of the seven tented rooms, Sky Suite or treehouse library.  

Venture to Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where you can stay at Jack’s Camp -- just one of three camps in a one-million-acre private wildlife reserve, newly fashioned in a classical 1940’s style. The camp now has larger tents embellished with little touches like Natural History Museum cabinets and a private veranda with plunge pool. Don’t miss the bushman walks, meerkats and desert game drives.

DumaTau’s renovated ten-roomed luxury tented camp is in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park, set on a lagoon on the Linyanti River between two “elephant highways” with sweeping dramatic river views. The rooms have doubled in size and there is a new wellness center and gym which is shared with its brand-new sister camp Little Duma Tau.

For ultimate seclusion, Namibia’s new Kwessi Dunes is set in the country’s vast desert wilderness with unique ‘star-gazer’ rooms, where time seems to stand still. During the day you’ll be actively exploring the red desert dunes, hot air ballooning and spotting desert adapted wildlife.

Classic under canvas options are getting reimagined in two iconic spots. On our Tantalizing Tanzania safari, the new Singita Sabora Camp boasts intimate 1920s-style letting you explore the untouched wilderness area of the Serengeti in the private Grumeti Reserve.  Opened right before COVID-19 arrived, South Africa’s Sindile tented camp gives you a secluded, luxury getaway in the Shamwari Private Game Reserve that’s elevated above the surrounding bush with uninhibited views.

If you’re looking for a more tropical scene, the new Xanadu resort in Zanzibar offers eight tranquil villas with on a stretch of pristine white sandy beaches.

 

5. Wellness in Wide Open Spaces 

Africa has always been a destination suited to wellness with its open spaces and connection with nature. There are plenty of places to recharge and keep your distance, with camps and lodges offering spacious settings and gorgeous natural surroundings.

One of our wellness and luxury specialists Anais Chavez recommends Greystoke Mahale Camp in Tanzania to recharge among nature. A remote lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, it’s among the best places to enjoy a break from a vehicle safari, offering time on the water as well as hikes up the mountain visiting a thriving population of chimpanzees. The camp boasts an African-style beach castaway vibe. The upstairs viewing deck is the best spot to enjoy the soothing sounds of the waves.

 

Greystoke Mahale's remote beach bliss

 

Another element of wellness beyond reconnecting with others is safely visiting destinations. Africa is vigilant on maintaining the utmost safety and wellbeing of its visitors — something that has and always will be at the forefront of safaris. 

Now, more than ever, it is important to work with experts that have an extensive database of protocols to navigate the country with ease.

Your safety is always at the top of our minds, with 24/7 concierge service on the ground and support of our safari specialists in North America.

 

Call 1-800-421-8907 or fill out a safari questionnaire and
submit it to a safari specialist to plan a trip. 

 

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