Should I Visit Africa or Australia?

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Ellie Khoury

Published on: February 12th, 2020

Last modified: April 19th, 2024

Although they’re on opposite sides of the globe, Africa and Australia have a surprising number of things in common. A trip to either one promises stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, fascinating cities and fantastic food – so which should you visit?

We’ve compiled all the information you need in order to choose. There are countless reasons to visit Australia and Africa alike; from the wide-open Outback and African plains to some of the world’s best winemaking regions, each of these destinations offers something for everyone.

Astonishing Environments

Africa is home to pretty much every kind of landscape imaginable. Here you can explore the  sweeping savannahs of the African Bush and visit various private game reserves and conservancies. Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the rainforests of Rwanda provide some of the most iconic settings for Africa vacations, while the sandy shores of South Africa and Namibia’s Skeleton Coast offer unique seaside escapes.

Aerial view of wildlife congregating in Botswana's Delta Okavango

The land down under is also legendary for its vast and untouched wilderness. While most of its cities line the coasts, the interior region features the majestic Australian Outback. This is where you’ll find the towering red rock of Uluru, a sacred spot imbued with spiritual significance. The Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu National Park are also bursting with natural splendours – and don’t forget the idyllic beaches of the Gold Coast and Lizard Island.

Stay in Iconic Settings

Exceptional Wildlife

If you want to see some of the world’s most incredible animals, an African safari should be at the top of your list. This is your best chance to see the Big Five – lions, leopard, elephants, rhinos and buffalo – in the wild. You can also experience the Great Migration up close, come face to face with mountain gorillas in Rwanda or meet penguins at Boulders Beach. Stay at one of our favourite lodges in Africa for a fully immersive experience.

Close-up of a silverback gorilla in the jungle

On the other hand, an Australian safari offers an entirely different set of unforgettable wildlife. Here you’ll find kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, wallabies and even the famed Tasmanian devil. Explore the protected habitats of Kangaroo Island, snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef and see saltwater crocodiles in the Whitsundays. When it comes to Australian wildlife, the options are infinite.


Stay Close to the Wildlife

Lively Cities

Considering all the endless reasons to visit Africa, an urban adventure might not be the first thing you think of. But this continent’s vibrant cities shouldn’t be overlooked. Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by beautiful beaches and the magnificent Table Mountain. Namibia’s capital of Windhoek offers German architecture and gorgeous botanical gardens, while Kigali is an up-and-coming destination in the heart of Rwanda.

It’s hard to plan an Australian vacation without at least considering a trip to Sydney. This harbour city is an eclectic mix of modern culture, aboriginal history, Victorian architecture and idyllic beaches. But Melbourne is an equally tempting option – especially if you’re into art, coffee and cuisine. It’s brimming with museums and galleries, as well as fantastic cafes and restaurants.

Experience City Life

World-Class Food and Wine

Speaking of restaurants, Africa also delivers when it comes to cuisine. The continent has an overwhelmingly diverse array of culinary traditions, featuring everything from unique local crops and game meats to more familiar delicacies. Wine lovers can’t miss South Africa’s Winelands, a region renowned for its rolling hills, excellent wineries and outstanding eateries.

In addition to Melbourne’s buzzing cafe culture, other parts of Australia have their own culinary claims to fame. In South Australia, the verdant Barossa Valley provides ideal conditions for making wine – which pairs perfectly with local produce and artisanal cheeses. Of course, you’ll also find an abundance of fresh seafood all along the country’s coastline.

Adelphi Melbourne Dessert

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Wonderful Weather

As mundane as it may sound, the weather is an incredibly important aspect of any trip. This is especially true in Africa, where your experience can change completely depending on the season and weather conditions. For example, we suggest visiting southern Africa during the green season from November to April, when smaller crowds create ideal safari conditions.


Similarly, Australia’s sheer size means that weather conditions vary greatly from region to region. The best time to visit Australia depends on your destination; Sydney is a sure bet for warm temperatures year-round, but areas like the Outback require a bit more planning. If you can’t decide where to go, check out our list of the dreamiest lodges in Australia for inspiration.



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