The world’s second largest and second most populous continent has fascinated foreign wayfarers for centuries. A magical land of diverse landscapes, ancient cultures and incredible wildlife, visiting Africa has always been a priority for anyone who is serious about travelling. This huge continent’s fifty-four countries offer a wide variety of experiences, from the cultural draws of Morocco and Egypt, to the stunning landscapes and safari available in countries like Namibia and Kenya. Wherever you travel with Six Star Holidays, you are sure to have a fantastic stay in accommodation that has been carefully selected for its qualities, undergo tours that are certain to mesmerise and guaranteed to enjoy some of the most beautiful vistas on the planet..
Cape View Clifton, South Africa
Luxury Hotel in South Africa
Fifty four countries make up the continent of Africa. Most holiday makers only visit Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco in the north of Africa; Cape Verde and Gambia in the west; South Africa and Botswana in the south; and Kenya and Tanzania in the east. The central regions of Africa are not fully developed for tourism just yet, and the political landscape and infrastructure of these central countries can be variable.
However, there’s so much to see and do in Africa that wherever you choose to go, you're holiday is guaranteed to be a rewarding one.
Over the centuries, many parts of Africa have been colonised by European empires. Cape Verde, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Guinea Bissau all speak Portuguese as the first language; an enduring legacy of their part in the extensive Portugese empire.
In parts of north Africa, mainly Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and South Sudan, the main language is Arabic.
French is the mother tongue of many countries in north and central Africa. These include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Senegal. South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania speak English. In the top holiday hot spots along the north coast of Africa, the staff typically speak a very high standard of English.
Altogether, there are over a thousand different languages spoken in Africa. Not even the most skilled of linguists could learn them all!
The weather in Africa is generally very hot. The second hottest temperature in the planet was recorded in Libya in 1922, at 58°C (136.4°F).
The dry season in east Africa is between December and March and June to October. The dry season ends in September in central Africa, but starts in June as well. Southern Africa has its dry season from May to October, and west Africa has theirs October to May.
Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa is a peninsula in the northeast of Africa containing countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Rwanda. It is known for its ties with ancient history, historic trade links with the Middle East, and numerous sports personalities that have hailed from the region. However, the countries situated within the horn are often considered unsuitable for tourists due to everchanging political situations and humanitarian worries. If you want to embark on charity work and volunteering during your holiday, there are plenty of local charitable organisations in the area.
Cape Town in South Africa is a city renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. Table Mountain is one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world, though it is often draped with low lying clouds. The mountain and its peaks, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, create the gently swooping natural basin that the city rests in.
Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is a spectacular sight. Watch as ther rushing waters plunge over 100 metres into the gorge below.
Mauritius, the Seychelles, Comoros, Zanzibar, and Mombasa in Kenya have enormous stretches of long sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world and borders Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia. Tour the desert on a camel and see the desert in style.
The Kalahari Desert is a place of endless beauty, extending 900,000 square kilometres and covering most of Botswana. This is a landscape like no other. Its wild mysterious splendour and sheer immensity humbles the modern mind. With a feeling of unending space and few visitors, it’s as if you have the entire reserve to yourself.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the continent’s highest mountain at 5,895 metres.
The pyramids of Egypt are the most famous manmade structures in Africa. The final resting place of the pharaohs are one of the wonders of the world and should be on everyone’s bucket list.
As with languages, there are a myriad of different religions in Africa. Islam is the biggest religion on the continent. Voodoo is popular in Benin, Togo, and Nigeria, as it was brought over from the Caribbean during the slave trade.
Africa is a hub for wildlife. Plettenberg Bay in South Africa is perfect for spotting whales and dolphins. Indeed, a swim here often results in curious dolphins, with playful squeals, taking a peek at you. In the Masai Mara wildlife park in Kenya you will see on your safari tours a pride of lions; a sauntering pair of giraffe; a drowsy cheetah and cub; gazelle, ostrich and perhaps a solitary rhino.
Botswana can boast Africa’s highest concentrations of diverse wildlife. It has 164 different kinds of mammals including vervet monkeys, meerkats, hyenas and genet and of course the big five buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros. It has 550 species of birds including ostriches, cormorants, egyptian geese, african jacanas, cape vultures, kingfishers and finally 157 types of reptile including the nile crocodile, pythons, geckos, tortoises and a variety of snakes. The best country for nature lovers to take an African tour.
In Tanzania some animal species leave, such as the wildebeest and zebra marching through on the Great Migration, most do not. The result is a uniquely healthy, diverse wildlife. The lions in particular are larger than in other areas of Africa. No surprise when viewing the land’s abundant prey. Visit the famous Hippo Pools in the centre of the crater and seek out the flamingos on Lake Magadi.
Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar and Namibia also have excellent safari packages. The wildlife of Mozambique and Madagascar is particularly special. 80% of the wildlife on Madagascar isn’t found anywhere else. These include the elephant bird, straw coloured fruit bat and labord chameleon.
The continent of Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It features hundreds of animals and plants unique to the continent, modern cities and picturesque beaches. You should definitely take an Africa holiday once in your lifetime, so why not make it now?