The historic heart of adventurous exploration, Africa has been the focus of many a celebrated tale, conjuring up delicious images of the wild unknown.
Today the continent, just as magnificent, has even more to offer the modern day traveller for its sheer size and diversity will appeal to all.
Nature lovers will witness the greatest wildlife show on earth by viewing the mighty wildebeest migration or by exploring the meandering waterways of the Okavango Delta.
History enthusiasts will relish the chance to view the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna and Sabratha in Libya or explore South Africa’s battlefields whilst listening to spine-tingling stories from the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars.
For the more adventurous a gallop on horseback alongside gazelle, floating silently in a hot air balloon or trekking through the rainforest to seek out the elusive gorilla and chimpanzee will satisfy even the freest spirit.
And for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet a thousand deserted beaches on Africa’s eastern coastline await…
Years of travel and research has led The Exceptional Travel Company to discover the greatest destinations in Africa, both on and off the beaten track. Through the formation of close relationships with the very best guides, camp managers and ground operators it allows us to offer the most up-to-date and unbiased advise to our clients and create a bespoke itinerary that will exceed all expectations.
Ethiopia is all about its people, its history and traditions, and its breathtaking scenery. As one of the oldest nations in the world, and home to the second largest nation of people in Africa, Ethiopia is an excellent country from which to gain real insight into African history and culture.
Kenya is widely regarded as the home of the safari. Steeped in tradition and fame it was Ernest Hemingway who immortalised the safari experience, and Joy Adamson was among the group of expatriates in the 1960s and 1970s whose endeavours to conserve African wildlife captured the world's attention.
Madagascar is a large island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, where people have lived for over 2,000 years. It is the world's fourth largest island, boasting 5,000 kilometres of coast and a current population of twenty-five million, split between 18 ethnic groups and a multiplicity of social sub-groups.
Malawi is a warm and welcoming country that offers visitors wonderful scenery, fascinating parks and some of the friendliest people in Africa. A long and narrow landlocked country it covers more than 1,000 kilometres from north to south while Lake Malawi, nearly 600km long and up to 80km wide, dominates the countryside.
Morocco has been staunchly independent throughout its history yet remained open to ideas, creating a heady mix of cultures, religions and languages with ancient roots and a strikingly modern outlook. The influence of Romans, Arabs and Europeans is spotted in monuments throughout the country.
After recovering from many years of civil war, Mozambique opened its doors to tourism and is fast becoming the hottest beach destination in Africa. With an enviable position between Tanzania in the north, Malawi and Zambia in the northwest and South Africa to the south, Mozambique has become the perfect compliment to any African safari.
Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts: the Namib (after which it is named) is the oldest desert on the planet, and its sea of red sand lies along the Atlantic coastline, while in the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighbouring countries.
Republic of Congo
Boasting seemingly endless tropical forest and fingers of moist savannah covering its interior, the Republic of Congo holds the majority of the world population of western lowland gorillas. Its largely pristine northern rainforest is the heart of the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest.
A tiny, landlocked republic in Equatorial Africa, Rwanda lies on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift and the watershed between Africa's two largest river systems: the Nile and the Congo. Often called the "land of a thousand hills", Rwanda is a mountainous country with a moist, temperate year-round climate.
São Tomé and Príncipe
If you are planning to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, take a trip to São Tomé & Príncipe, Africa's second-smallest country. This small island nation wins the hearts of its visitors with its Portuguese-Creole flavour and relaxed vibes.
South Africa has become one of the world's top travel destinations, blending elements of both 'Africa of old' with modernity. One of the most beautiful countries, with diversity to satisfy a continent, at the southern tip you'll find stunning beaches, winelands and the vibrant city of Cape Town and elsewhere you will be rewarded with some of the best wildlife viewing and rugged scenery in Africa.
With highlights such as Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar, Tanzania is, for many, the ultimate safari destination. With National Parks and game reserves covering some 28% of the country, Tanzania has more land devoted to wildlife than anywhere else in the world.
By African standards, Uganda is a postage stamp-size country, roughly the size of Great Britain, sandwiched between Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan and Tanzania. Most of the country is 1,000m above sea level and there are three mountainous areas - the Rwenzoris, Mount Elgon and the Virunga volcanoes.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape, the majestic Victoria Falls and extraordinarily diverse wildlife. As stability to the country has returned, so too have the travellers and slowly but surely Zimbabwe is once again earning its reputation as a top Safari Destination.