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One-Country African Trips

Adventures Without the Border Hopping
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Written by
Tess van der Walt, Iain McConachie, Emily Opie, Jody van Merode & Tamara Potash

We all want to pack as much as possible into our trips, after all, vacation time is precious. While it's tempting to cross lots of countries off at once, less time crossing borders means you can spend even more of your trip exploring.

Here are five of our team's top African destinations that we think are worth spending a little extra time in.

1. Rwanda

Rwanda is best known for being home to the iconic mountain gorillas. Trek through the forest to see them up close in the Volcanoes National Park.

 

But there’s a lot more to this country than great apes, and it’s well worth sticking around a little longer.

Head to beautiful Akagera National Park in the east and you’ll be amazed by the wildlife you find. 

From wetlands to plains and swamps to savannah, Akagera has it all. When you visit you’ll have the chance to see lions, leopards, rhino, elephant and buffalo: the full Big Five safari. 

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2. Kenya

Kenya is one of the first places that springs to mind when we think about safaris, and for good reason. From the slopes of Mount Kenya to the plains of the Maasai Mara, you’ll be captivated by this impressive country and its wildlife.

 

Kenya is also a culturally rich and diverse country. Many of the local tribes have maintained their traditional lifestyles. It’s possible for travellers to visit some of these communities and to learn about the importance of these wonderful cultures. 

 

Time your trip for July to September for the best chance of experiencing the Great Migration up close.

Young lion brothers in Amboseli, Kenya

3. Namibia

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, but there’s a whole lot to see. It’s home to some amazing and otherworldly landscapes, as well as abundant wildlife and fascinating nomadic cultures. 

 

A safari in Etosha National Park is a wonderful beginning to a trip through this country, with its vast salt plains and impressive selection of game. Take a flight over majestic sand dunes in the Namib desert and then head up the Skeleton Coast, littered with shipwrecks. There’s something to amaze you at every turn. 

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4. South Africa

South Africa really does have it all. Head out on a full safari in the Kruger National Park or the fantastic Sabi Sands private game reserve and enjoy some of the best wildlife spotting on the planet. 

Go hiking in Limpopo or whale watching on the coast and then take in the views in Cape Town and scale the iconic table top mountain via cable car, or on foot if you’re feeling energetic.

Just a short distance from Cape Town you’ll enter The Winelands. Sample delicious varieties including Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot. You might just find your new favourite. 

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5. Morocco

Magical Morocco isn’t quite like anywhere else on earth. It’s a country bursting with life and culture, and a world away from the countries of Southern Africa. Explore the natural wonders of the Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars in the Sahara

 

Head into the cities of Marrakesh, Casablanca or Fes and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the medinas. If you’re looking for somewhere more laidback, try beautiful blue Chefchauoen or bohemian Essaouira. 

Narrow alley in Rabat

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with one of our travel designers today and find out where your next adventure will take you.

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