The second largest continent in the world, also known as the “Dark Continent”, Africa offers an amazing array of contrasts. From arid deserts, sub arctic climates on the African peaks, steamy jungles, to vast plains, the landscapes are as varied as the animals that inhabit them.
Africa consists of 58 countries that can be broken down into 5 regions. North Africa synonymous with the Sahara desert and its connection to the Mediterranean. West Africa known for coast lines, unique African cultures and history. Central Africa is home to the great rainforest basin and Gorillas. East Africa and South Africa are the 2 regions most often referred to in terms of wildlife experiences.
The big five: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Cape Buffalo. This definition is a hold-over from colonial days and hunting safaris. A trip to Africa will allow you to see these and so much more. The variety of animals is mind boggling, including big iconic animals; Elephants and Giraffe, smaller animals such as Hyrax and Meerkat to great predators; Cheetah, Hyena, and African Painted Dogs. The Great Plains, such as, the Masai Mara and Serengeti offer large herds of animals constantly on the move due to the rhythm of the lands they live on.
The number and types of animals to see, is as varied as the modes of transportation and the accommodations. Travel opportunities to Africa include game drives, luxury safaris, private jets, luxury tented camps and expedition cruises with butlers. However you choose to experience Africa, Africa will stay with you forever.
Best Time to Visit: Africa is a year-round destination. The timing is dependent on where you want to go and what you want to see and experience.
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