If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, no doubt you’ll be looking for some sun from time to time. The place to find it is here sub-Saharan Africa. Whether you want tropical sun or Mediterranean type sun, it’s just a phone call away.
Bush Safaris & Game Viewing
If there’s one thing Africa has that no other continent can compare with, it’s abundant wildlife. But there’s no need to rough it in the old “Out of Africa” style in your quest to spot or photograph the Big Five* unless you really want to.
Africa is an incredible birdwatching paradise. Over 2,250 species of which 1,500 are found nowhere else have been identified on the continent. Madagascar has another 100 species of its own and the Indian Ocean islands add a further 40.
Opera, open-air concerts and seaside jazz are some options to explore as part of a unique musical interlude on your trip. The tortuous history of sub-Saharan Africa is represented in a number of fascinating memorials, museums and battlefields to visit.
Cities across sub-Saharan Africa vary from the super-sophisticated and very beautiful such as iconic Cape Town with its Table Mountain to the bustling and historic Nairobi.
Namibia’s vast Namib desert is a “bucket-list” destination where you can see the world’s tallest sand dunes and float above the dramatic landscape in a hot air balloon!
Africa is a kaleidoscope of colours, cultures and cuisine. When it comes to food, local fare ranges from fresh fish and oysters to fragrant curries and exotic cuts of meat such as ostrich and kudu.
Flowers & Gardens
The southern subcontinent of Africa is a wildflower paradise, displaying over 18 500 different species of flowering plants from tall trees to tiny succulents. The region has greater diversity than all of Europe and North America and in concentrated areas rivals the tropical forests of the Amazon.
Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are just some of the golfing greats to have emerged from golf-mad South Africa.
Once you have spotted the ‘Big Five’ on land, consider submerging yourself in the waters of the Indian Ocean to observe the frenzied feasting of a Great White Shark – a protected species in South Africa.
South Africa is a nation crazy for sport so if you are travelling here and looking for some spectacular golf courses to challenge you.
From mountain trails to miles of beach, hikers can choose from hundreds of walks throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.
Some of the best whale watching in the world can be enjoyed in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, South Africa is a matched as a place to view Southern Right and other whales, often from shore.
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South Africa is recognized as one of the world’s top wine producers, even claiming its own unique varietal, Pinotage.