The wilderness is calling! Safari, desert, and wild animals - that's exactly what you can experience in Africa. But anyone who thinks that is all the second largest continent in the world has to offer is very wrong. In addition to urban metropolises like Cape Town and wonders of the world like the great pyramids, you can discover much more. Convince yourself and find the right offers for your vacation in Africa here.
From the oriental dream of 1001 Nights to safaris with elephants, giraffes, and zebras to dream beaches and cultures that are thousands of years old - a vacation in Africa offers a wealth of adventure opportunities. The huge continent overwhelms with scenic beauty from the Nile to Kilimanjaro and seduces with exotic spices and bright colors. Because the continent is so diverse, there is also the perfect destination for every travel enthusiast - whether for adventure seekers, those hungry for culture, those seeking relaxation, or families.
Depending on the region, different vacations are available. A first overview will help you to narrow down your possible travel destinations:
Vacation countries like Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt
Oriental flair, culture, beach, and diving vacations
Atlantic islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde
Everlasting spring (except in the Azores), package, beach, individual, and hiking vacations
Vacation countries like Senegal and the island state of Cape Verde
Dream beaches, national parks, package, and adventure vacations
Vacation destinations like Kenya and Tanzania
Safaris, nature and beaches, lodge and safari trips, road trips
Vacation destinations such as Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa
Nature reserves, wine-growing regions, safaris, beach, and wellness vacations, and road trips.
Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelle
Tropical paradises, wellness, beach vacations
With countries like the Republic of Congo and Angola, tourism is less developed
Tourism is concentrated in the north, east, and south of Africa
The north enchants with its oriental mood on lively, fragrant, and colorful markets such as in the old Moroccan trading city of Marrakech or in the old royal city of Fès. Long stretches of beach invite you to relax, and a trip to the desert promises adventure and unforgettable memories. In Egypt, a visit to the Pyramids of Giza is one of the absolute highlights of a trip. The imposing structures are the only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World. From the bustling capital of Cairo, a trip to Giza is just a short hop. And in Cairo itself, those interested in culture can delve deep into the millennia-old history of the Egyptian Museum. On a Nile cruise, you take the most important stations with you in a particularly relaxed manner and you also come to the legendary Valley of the Kings.
The most popular travel destinations in East Africa are Kenya and Tanzania. In addition to safaris in the Serengeti National Park, which has the world's highest concentration of wild animals, spectacular natural sites lure visitors to East Africa. In Tanzania, for example, you will find the 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro and the imposing volcanic crater Ngorongoro, which boasts a diameter of more than 12 miles. On the coast of Tanzania lies the gorgeous Spice Island of Zanzibar, known for romantic beach weddings. The country of Zimbabwe is also popular with travelers in East Africa. And it owes that to the Zambezi River, which thunders down at a spectacular width of 1,700 meters, world-famous by the name Victoria Falls.
In South Africa, no matter whether you follow the idyllic Garden Route in the multicultural rainbow nation, whether you cross the wine-growing regions or relax on the beach - South Africa is one of the absolute favorites among African travel destinations. A visit to the neighboring countries Namibia and Botswana is also worthwhile.
Those who travel to Africa with children usually place as much value on safety as on family friendliness. South Africa is therefore particularly popular. South Africa stands out due to its good infrastructure, sufficient shops, gas stations, etc., and child-friendly accommodation. Small children can often go on safaris and the medical care is quite great. Especially on the coast, for example on the Garden Route, the climate is also very pleasant.
The exotic continent of Africa will take you on an unforgettable vacation from which you will return home richer in impressions.
Depending on which country in Africa you want to travel to, you will of course find different climate zones and different travel times. Here you will find an overview of the most popular holiday destinations in Africa with climate and best travel time:
Morocco: Mediterranean climate in the north/northwest, continental climate in the south/southeast/north: April to November, south/Marrakech: March to May and October/November
Egypt: generally dry climate, Mediterranean climate on the Mediterranean coast/general: October/November/February to April, Mediterranean coast: May to September
Kenya: dry climate on the coast, temperate climate in the highlands / December to March, June to October
Tanzania: tropical climate / all year round (depending on the region)
South Africa: Inland desert climate, East Coast subtropical climate, West Coast Mediterranean climate / All year round (depending on activity), Cape Region: August to November
Namibia: subtropical - continental climate, the humid climate at the Caprivi Strip / May to September
Botswana: subtropical, continental, semi-desert climate / All year round
Mauritius: tropical climate / All year round
Seychelles: tropical climate / All year round
Madagascar: tropical climate / South/West Coast: All year round, East Coast: July to November, Central Highlands: April to October
If you want to go on a beach vacation in Africa, you should definitely include the islands in the Indian Ocean in your shortlist. Mauritius and Seychelles in particular are real picture book paradises with fine sandy palm beaches on the turquoise sea. You can't dream of anything more beautiful. Friendly Creole natives, coral reefs, nature parks, luxury resorts, and spas—everything here invites you to relax and enjoy.
Another island with dream beaches in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. It has even more African exotic charm than the popular package vacation destinations in North Africa. Sea turtles and idyllic lagoons, houses made of coral stone, spice markets, and coconut palms make you forget everyday life completely on the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago.
Those who prefer a beach vacation on the mainland will find ideal conditions at Diani Beach in Kenya, for example, white, fine sand, turquoise water, and a wide selection of hotels from all-inclusive resorts to bungalows right on the beach. Relax, dive, enjoy - welcome to Kenya!
When you think of Africa, you think of wild animals, deserts, and wide steppes even more than pyramids, metropolises, or beaches. There is only one way to get closer to this dream of Africa: a safari!
A perfect destination for an African safari is Tanzania with the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Nowhere is there more wildlife than here. Tanzania is also home to the Maasai warriors, huge flocks of flamingos at Lake Natron and Mount Kilimanjaro. A total of fourteen national parks invite you to go on safaris and discover the land and animals. You can choose between safaris from the luxury version with overnight stays in exclusive lodges to the camping version on a basic need level for pure adventure.
If you've heard of the Serengeti Park, then you've probably heard of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The park is 250 miles north of Johannesburg and is as big as Maryland. Here, on 1,100 miles of trails (many of which are paved), there is a good chance of seeing typical African animals in the wild, including the so-called Big Five: elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and lion.
Our pirate tip: The best travel time for a safari are the dry months from June to September. During this time the vegetation is sparse and the animals can often be found at the waterholes.
Zimbabwe can no longer be treated as an insider tip, after all, it was already considered the dream destination for all Africa lovers in the 80s. After it has had to endure many economic and political problems since then, Zimbabwe is now back in tourism and is considered an absolute trend destination in Africa. After all, during a vacation in Zimbabwe, you can not only admire the beautiful, world-famous Victoria Falls, but also breathtaking lakes and national parks. In addition, Zimbabwe is of course a large animal paradise with optimal observation opportunities and home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Namibia is a good entry-level country for Africa tourists with a safari vision. There are many package deals at reasonable prices. Safari destinations are easily accessible and large game such as elephants and giraffes are almost guaranteed. Etosha National Park, for example, is about four to five hours away from the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Overnight stays are possible here in small bungalows as well as in tents. Also recommended for first safari experiences is Kenya, one of the first countries to offer safaris to tourists. Here you get a lot of safari for little money.
Winston Churchill once described the East African country of Uganda as the "Pearl of Africa"... and with good reason! Beautiful Uganda has a lot of fertile land, which guarantees you breathtaking landscapes. In addition to the scenic beauty, you will also find a large variety of plants and animals here. The otherwise rather unknown but safe Uganda is particularly famous thanks to the last mountain gorillas, who will make your vacation in Uganda one of the most beautiful times of your life.
Madagascar is also known as the island of lemurs, which is partly due to the impressive number of cuddly little animals à la King Julian, Maurice and Mort, but also because you can find the largest lemur in the world, the Indri, in its natural habitat can admire. A vacation in Madagascar will also inspire you because of the beautiful nature of the island and the beautiful beaches. This combined with the impressive biodiversity of the fourth largest island in the world really makes Madagascar an absolute dream destination.
A vacation in Kenya is really something very special, after all, Kenya is one of the first countries to offer safaris for tourists. So which country would be better suited for your next safari? Not to forget that Kenya is considered a very safe country and is also well prepared for tourists. In addition to wilderness and biodiversity, you can also discover great cities like Nairobi or relax on beautiful dream beaches and also great diving!
Botswana is considered the absolute safari paradise but is still more of an insider tip, which has allowed it to retain its natural charm. You will find here the park in Africa, which is home to the most wild animals and the largest living elephants in the world. A vacation in Botswana is also worthwhile because of the peace and solitude, where you can really switch off.
Ghana is not only an ideal travel destination because it is politically stable and English is the official language spoken throughout the country, but above all, because it is simply breathtakingly beautiful! A vacation in Ghana offers you absolute dream beaches, 16 stunning national parks, the largest reservoir in the world, and many, many other sights.
Zambia is often overlooked when planning a vacation to Africa. However, the country in southern Africa has a lot to offer! In addition to Victoria Falls, Zambia offers numerous national parks. Zambia has an incredibly wide range of wildlife to explore thanks to vast wetlands.
The Comoros are still relatively undeveloped in terms of tourism and for that very reason (and of course also because of their year-round tropical climate) simply the perfect destination for everyone who wants to take a vacation far away from mass tourism. The relatively unknown island nation is located on the east coast of Africa, northeast of Madagascar. Not only the impressive landscape with tropical rainforests and the absolute dream beaches are a good reason for a vacation in the Comoros, but also the coral reef that surrounds the small island...and with a bit of luck, you will even discover a giant sea turtle during your dive here.
With an area of just over 4,250 square miles, Gambia is the smallest country in Africa. But that does not mean that it is inferior to other African countries! On the contrary, a vacation in the Gambia will blow your socks off, because the West African country, which is completely surrounded by Senegal, impresses with incredible wildlife and is a natural paradise with tropical rainforest regions on the Gambia River and 30 miles of wide, white sandy beaches known on the Atlantic coast.
If you want to go on a beach vacation in Africa, you should definitely include the islands in the Indian Ocean in your shortlist. Mauritius and Seychelles in particular are real picture book paradises with fine sandy palm beaches on the turquoise blue sea. You can't dream of anything more beautiful. Friendly Creole natives, coral reefs, nature parks, luxury resorts, and spas - everything here invites you to relax and enjoy.
Another island with dream beaches is Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. It has even more African exotic charm than the popular package vacation destinations in North Africa. Sea turtles and idyllic lagoons, houses made of coral stone, spice markets, and coconut palms make you forget everyday life completely on the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago.
Those who prefer a beach vacation on the mainland will find ideal conditions at Diani Beach in Kenya, for example white, fine sand, turquoise water, and a wide selection of hotels from all-inclusive resorts to bungalows right on the beach. Relax, dive, enjoy - welcome to Kenya!