With overnight flights directly into the heart of Africa it is perfectly feasible to head to the airport after work on a Friday and start your weekend with breakfast overlooking an Atlantic bay filled with whales or with giraffe strolling past your safari tent.
No jet lag and improved flight routes have opened up countries in Africa which used to be the preserve of much longer trips. Its time to start thinking of Africa as ideal for a week-long holiday or even just for a long weekend!
For families this means that Africa is viable for half-term holidays without incurring the wrath of the headmaster, and some of the finest experiences in Africa can now be combined to create a shorter but more intense holiday.
Here are some ideas:
Gorilla trekking and wildebeest migration
Three days trekking gorillas in the mountains of Rwanda followed by flying directly into the heart of the Serengeti for river crossings. All can be combined in a circular route means no backtracking and no time wasted, just some of the best wildlife spectacles the continent has to offer book-ended by overnight flights.
South African Sejourn
South Africa is just as reachable and with so much on Cape Town’s doorstep, why not exchange winter months for a week of sunshine and gastronomy in the winelands. After time exploring the vibrancy of the Mother City, head into the mountainous winelands for the ultimate in relaxation, finishing with some whale watching along the coast. Again, direct overnight flights make this an easy and relaxing week away.
Take a leaf out of the Italians book and treat Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean islands as a short haul beach destination. Rather than run the risk of hurricanes in the Caribbean and the familiarity of European beaches, a week on white powder beaches and paddling in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is a great, tropical trade. A fusion of Africa and the Middle East, Zanzibar has exceptional villas and beach hotels, excellent cuisine and world class service. Here you can head out dolphin spotting, visit spice farms or simply relax with a long drink in the shade of a palm tree. What a perfect week away!
To find out more about these ideas, and more please contact Ben our Africa specialist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01488 689700.