Amazing Stays to Experience Africa for the First Time
From lush green jungles and picturesque deserts to cosmopolitan city centers and pristine sandy beaches, the vast and vibrant continent of Africa has something for everyone. In celebration of Africa Day on 25 May, we present five beautiful destinations to experience some of the best that Africa has to offer, especially for first-timers. Pack your bags and be prepared to experience some extraordinary hospitality. Immerse yourself in the local culture and explore unspoilt landscapes that are as diverse as the people and wildlife that call this amazing part of the world home.
Situated in the northwest African nation of Morocco, Marrakesh is a stunning labyrinth of colorful markets with traditional goods and exotic aromas that will have your senses working overtime with smells, sounds and sights you’ll never forget. From the non-stop hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna, a lively square in Marrakesh’s old city, to the Technicolor haven of Majorelle Gardens, this is a city that impels you to scratch beneath the surface.
Where to stay: Set in the historic Medina district, which is a UNSESCO World Heritage Site, Riad Alili boasts traditionally Moroccan decor, an outdoor pool and a spa where you can relax after a busy day of strolling through the city's famous souks looking for a bargain.
Many people dream of sand and sun on their holidays, but the overwhelming scale of both in Constantia, Namibia is one that might make travelers think they’ve landed on another planet. Set amongst some of the world’s largest sand dunes, there's nothing quite as rewarding as exploring the solitude of one of Africa’s most enormous deserts.
Where to stay: The eco-friendly Moon Mountain Lodge offers beautiful tents in the middle of the Constantia dessert. Each tent includes its own private plunge pool, but you can also relax on the sun deck at the Cosmos Bar while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.
Belle Mare, Mauritius
Mauritius, an island located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, was one of the top booked destinations in Africa in 2017 by our customers. The stunning island is well-known for its iconic pristine beaches, coral reefs and peaceful lagoons, so it’s easy to see why.
Where to stay: Constance Le Prince Maurice is a tropical hideaway in Poste de Flacq, featuring luxurious suites and villas that look out over the Indian Ocean. During your stay, you can laze away on the property's, small secluded beaches and sample fresh seafood and Mauritian delicacies.
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
The lively capital (and largest city) of Zanzibar is not only beautiful, but also full of history. You can wander around the narrow alleys of Stone Town, the oldest part of the city, and admire its unique coral-stone houses with large verandas. Thanks to its tropical climate, Zanzibar City is warm throughout the year.
Where to stay: Decorated in unique Swahili style, the historical Kisiwa House is located in the heart of Stone Town in Zanzibar City. As one of the oldest buildings in the area, this property combines traditional elements with fresh and modern design. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the roof-top restaurant is a great place to savor local dishes while enjoying the stunning sea views.
Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Highly endorsed by our customers for memorable safari experiences and the chance to see a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat, the Greater Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. This unique destination is home to a spectacular array of wildlife and a great place to get up close and personal (if you dare) with Africa’s big five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. During your safari, be prepared to spot tigers prowling through the tall grass, lions licking themselves in the sun, and monkeys hopping from tree to tree. With the right guide, you’re sure to have an amazing aventure!
Where to stay: Located in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the region of Mpumalanga, on the southern half of Kruger National Park, the Ivory Wilderness Riversong Camp offers luxurious tents where you can become one with nature. You can experience a variety of adventurous activities like safari drives and wilderness walks, or just simply relax by the outdoor pool on the spacious viewing deck.