THE 6 LEAST KNOWN BUT IMPRESSIVE AFRICAN SAFARIS 2024

THE 6 LEAST KNOWN BUT IMPRESSIVE AFRICAN SAFARIS 2024

THE 6 LEAST KNOWN BUT IMPRESSIVE AFRICAN SAFARIS 2024

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the hidden wonders of Africa with our guide to the continent’s lesser-known safari gems. Beyond the famed Serengeti and the iconic Kruger National Park lies a world of untouched wilderness, where nature thrives in its purest form. From the walking safaris of Zambia’s South Luangwa to the canoe adventures in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, the vast salt pans of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi, the elephant havens of Kenya’s Amboseli, the pristine waters of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika, and the expansive landscapes of Kenya’s Tsavo, each destination unfolds a unique story of beauty, adventure, and wildlife. These hidden treasures offer a glimpse into the heart of Africa, where the wild roams free and the landscapes speak to the soul. Dive into our guide to discover the road less traveled, where the essence of safari comes alive.

1. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Known as the birthplace of the walking safari, South Luangwa offers an unparalleled wildlife viewing experience, with its high concentration of animals along the Luangwa River. This park is famed for its diverse mammal population, including the unique Thornicroft’s giraffe and large herds of elephants and buffalo.

The untamed landscapes, ranging from dense woodlands to open grasslands, provide a dramatic backdrop for both game drives and walking safaris​​​​.

2. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

 

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mana Pools is celebrated for its remote wilderness, situated along the lower Zambezi River. The park’s name, “Mana,” means ‘four’ in Shona, referring to the four main pools that attract abundant wildlife, especially during the dry season.

Visitors can engage in unique safari experiences such as canoeing and walking without a guide among elephants, hippos, and a plethora of bird species. The park is also one of the few places where you can encounter the endangered African wild dogs in their natural habitat​​​​​​.

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3. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

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This vast salt pan, one of the largest in the world, transforms into a spectacular wildlife haven during the wet season. The Makgadikgadi Pans are known for their surreal landscapes and seasonal migrations of zebra and wildebeest, followed closely by predators.

The region offers unique interactions with meerkats and the opportunity to witness ancient baobabs, making it a stark contrast to the typical safari experience.

4. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

 

Famous for its stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants, Amboseli provides a classic safari backdrop. The park’s swamps attract diverse wildlife, ensuring excellent game viewing opportunities.

Birdwatchers will find a paradise here, with over 400 species recorded. The Maasai community adds a cultural dimension to the wildlife-rich landscapes of Amboseli.

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5. Tsavo National Park, Kenya

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Tsavo, divided into East and West, offers some of Kenya’s most rugged wilderness. Tsavo East, known as the “Theatre of the Wild,” presents a vast semi-arid wilderness dominated by red dust-covered elephants and maneless lions unique to this region. With the Galana River providing a lifeline, the park is a stronghold for diverse wildlife, including vast herds of buffalo, lions, leopards, and over 500 bird species.

The park’s rich history, marked by the infamous Tsavo Man-Eaters and archaeological sites dating back to the Late Stone Age, adds a fascinating cultural dimension to its natural beauty.

6. Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

 

The world’s longest freshwater lake and second deepest, Lake Tanganyika offers an exotic safari destination. It is renowned for its vibrant aquatic life, including hundreds of cichlid species, making it a dream for snorkelers and divers.

The surrounding national parks and reserves, such as Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream, provide habitats for chimpanzees, inviting visitors to explore Africa’s great apes in their natural setting.

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These destinations exemplify the beauty and diversity of the African continent, each with its unique allure, promising unforgettable safari experiences far from the beaten path. From the walking safaris of South Luangwa and the canoe adventures in Mana Pools to the vastness of Makgadikgadi, the elephant encounters in Amboseli, and the pristine waters of Lake Tanganyika, these hidden gems offer a deeper connection with nature’s marvels.

Discover More: Journey Beyond the Beaten Path

Ready to explore the untouched beauty of Africa’s hidden safari gems? Our expertly curated adventures are designed to connect you with the raw and unfiltered beauty of the continent. From intimate wildlife encounters to breathtaking landscapes, let us guide you through an extraordinary exploration of these lesser-known destinations. Dive into the adventure of a lifetime and create unforgettable memories in Africa’s most secluded paradises.

German and Niece in Cape Town

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

5 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA FOR ADVENTURE AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT – PART 2

5 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA FOR ADVENTURE AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT – PART 2

5 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA FOR ADVENTURE AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT – PART 2

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Africa, a vast continent with endless horizons and a rich tapestry of cultures, offers a unique and unforgettable experience for families. With its diverse landscapes ranging from arid deserts to lush rainforests, and its wealth of cultural heritage, Africa is a destination like no other. Nanan Travel, understanding the allure of this majestic land, invites families to delve deep into the heart of Africa, exploring its wonders in comfort and safety.

Each African destination presents a unique charm, and promising experiences that range from the ethereal landscapes of Namibia to the historic grandeur of Egypt. Let’s embark on a journey through five of Africa’s most captivating destinations: Namibia, Madagascar, Egypt, Zambia, and Rwanda.

German and Niece in Cape Town

1. Namibia – Desert Dreams and Cultural Richness

Namibia, a land where stark beauty meets vibrant culture, is a realm of contrasts. The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, creates a stunning backdrop against the Atlantic Ocean. Here, families can marvel at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, with their fiery red hues at sunrise and sunset, offering a photographer’s paradise. The haunting beauty of the Skeleton Coast, with its shipwrecks and seal colonies, tells a story of nature’s power and resilience, a great safari in the famous Etosha national park, or a visit to the Fish River Canyon. Are some of the fantastic things Namibia has to offer. 

Cultural exploration is rich, especially with the Himba people, known for their unique traditions and attire. Engaging with these communities allows for an authentic insight into the indigenous ways of life, fostering a deeper understanding and respect for different cultures.

Luxurious accommodations like the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and Kulala Desert Lodge, Shipwreck Lodge, offer not just comfort but immersive experiences. Activities range from hot air ballooning over the vast desert, offering a bird’s-eye view of this otherworldly landscape, to exciting desert safaris, where one can spot unique wildlife adapted to this harsh environment.

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2. Madagascar – A Biodiversity Hotspot

 

The island of Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot, is a dream for nature enthusiasts. With ecosystems vastly different from mainland Africa, it offers an array of unique wildlife, much of which is found nowhere else on Earth. Families can venture into the rainforests of Andasibe to hear the haunting call of the Indri, the island’s largest lemur, creating a symphony in the forest canopy.

A visit to the Avenue of the Baobabs presents a surreal landscape, with these ancient giants lining the dirt road, creating a natural monument that is both awe-inspiring and mystical. The island’s coastline boasts pristine beaches and coral reefs, providing opportunities for snorkeling and marine exploration.

Luxury accommodations like Mantadia Lodge and Anjajavy L’Hôtel  , Miavana or TsaraKomba offer serene retreats from which to explore the island’s wonders. These establishments not only provide luxury and comfort but also ensure a sustainable and eco-friendly stay, contributing to the conservation of Madagascar’s unique environment.

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3. Egypt – A Journey Through Time

 

Egypt, a land rich in history and mystery, offers a journey through time. The Pyramids of Giza, standing as an eternal testament to the ancient world, provide an awe-inspiring start to the Egyptian adventure. The Sphinx, with its enigmatic gaze, adds to the allure of this ancient wonder.

A cruise down the Nile River is a must, offering a luxurious and educational journey through Egypt’s heartland. The temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the vibrant markets of Cairo, all contribute to an enriching cultural and historical experience.

Luxury river vessels like the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Historia or Esplanade or the more traditional Egyptian boats provide an elegant and comfortable means of exploring the Nile, with guided tours that bring the stories of pharaohs and ancient gods to life. These cruises offer a unique perspective on Egypt, combining relaxation with learning and exploration.

For family relaxation and fun times, head over to the Red Sea and enjoy a few days at the beach in the most crystal clear waters, where scuba diving is one of the best in the world and snorkeling is for sure an adventure to have. The Casa Cook hotel in Hurghada, would be a place to stay but also Sharm El Shiek is a great read sea destination.

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4. Zambia – The Wild Heart of Africa

 

Zambia, known for its unspoiled wilderness and the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers. South Luangwa National Park, renowned for its walking safaris, allows families to experience the African bush up close, guided by expert rangers and trackers, there’s also Kafuwe National park or Lower Zambezi national park in the border with Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, offers a myriad of activities. Families can take a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view of the falls, embark on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, or for the more adventurous, tackle white-water rafting or bungee jumping, and the best adventure of them all Devil’s pool, swim to the edge of the waterfall and enjoy an amazing view of the falls from within.

Accommodations like the Royal Livingstone Hotel, located on the banks of the Zambezi River, Royal Chundu and Sausage Tree Camp in the heart of the national park, offer luxurious stays amidst nature. These lodges not only provide comfort but also a range of activities, ensuring a memorable family adventure. For the national parks look for the luxury and comfort of the Time + Tide lodges, Chinzombo, Nsolo, Luwi, etc. 

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5. Rwanda – Land of a Thousand Hills

 

Rwanda, a country of rolling hills and rich cultural heritage, is a beacon of conservation success. Renowned for its mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, it offers one of the most profound wildlife experiences on the planet. Coming face to face with these gentle giants in their natural habitat is not just a thrilling encounter but also a poignant reminder of the importance of conservation.

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is a city of contrasts, where modernity meets tradition. Here, families can explore vibrant markets, museums, and memorials, offering insights into Rwanda’s history and the resilience of its people.

Luxurious eco-lodges like Bisate Lodge and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest provide a comfortable and sustainable base for exploring Rwanda’s natural and cultural wonders. These lodges are not just accommodations but sanctuaries that offer luxury and an immersive experience in the heart of Africa.

In Rwanda you can also encounter the Golden monkeys, spot chimpanzees in Nyunge national park and have a big five safari experience in Akagera National park, visit Lake Kivu, as you can see. Rwanda is not only the Gorillas, is so much more!

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Embark on a Family Adventure with Nanan Travel

 

Africa, with its tapestry of landscapes and cultures, offers a journey that is both enriching and transformative. From the deserts of Namibia to the rainforests of Rwanda, each destination provides not just a vacation but an opportunity for families to bond, learn, and create lasting memories.

Join Nanan Travel on this adventure, where each day brings a new discovery, a new story, and a new understanding of this magnificent continent. Embrace the spirit of Africa, and let it awaken a sense of wonder and adventure in you and your family.

Ready to experience the best of both worlds?

Contact German to start planning your unforgettable African adventure today. Let’s guide you through a journey that’s not just a getaway but a life-changing experience.

German and Niece in Cape Town

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

5 Family-Friendly Destinations in Africa for Adventure and Cultural Enrichment – Part 1

5 Family-Friendly Destinations in Africa for Adventure and Cultural Enrichment – Part 1

5 Family-Friendly Destinations in Africa for Adventure and Cultural Enrichment – Part 1

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Africa, a continent of vast landscapes and vibrant cultures, offers an unparalleled experience for families seeking adventure and cultural immersion. The allure of Africa lies not just in its scenic beauty and wildlife, but in the rich tapestry of its cultural heritage, making it a perfect destination for families eager to explore, learn, and bond. With Nanan Travel, families can embark on a journey that promises not only the excitement of discovery but also the comfort and safety of expert planning.

Each destination in Africa has its own unique charm and offerings. From the waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and the incredible desert scenery of Namibia, to the historical and beautiful destinations in South Africa, Africa is a mosaic of experiences waiting to be explored. 

German and Niece in Cape Town

The continent’s diverse ecosystems and cultures provide a natural playground for all ages, making it an ideal setting for educational and adventurous family trips. Whether it’s witnessing the majesty of wildlife in their natural habitat or learning about local traditions and history, an African journey with Nanan Travel is an enriching experience that extends beyond the typical tourist paths.

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1. Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi in Botswana – A Wilderness Retreat

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a unique ecosystem where the river meets the Kalahari Desert, creating an oasis brimming with wildlife. This delta is not only a haven for majestic lions, elegant elephants, graceful giraffes, striking zebras, and elusive leopards, but also a place of serene beauty and cultural richness. Families can indulge in guided mokoro (canoe) trips, spot diverse wildlife, and engage in cultural interactions with local communities.

Accommodations in the Okavango Delta, such as North Island Okavango, Tuludi, Duke’s Camp, and Sable Alley, offer luxurious safari experiences. These lodges provide exclusive amenities like private plunge pools and personalised butler service, immersing guests in the splendor of the surrounding landscapes. In the vast salt pan system of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Jack’s Camp and San Camp are renowned for their exclusive and luxurious experiences, including game drives, bush walks, cultural interactions, and world-class stargazing opportunities.

Beyond safaris, Botswana offers activities like hot air ballooning over the Okavango Delta, scenic helicopter flights, traditional mokoro safaris, guided bush walks, and immersive cultural experiences with the indigenous San people. These activities allow luxury travelers to explore Botswana’s natural beauty and rich culture from various perspectives, making it an ideal destination for families seeking a blend of adventure and cultural enrichment.

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2. Vilankulos & Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique – Coastal Wonders

 

Mozambique is a destination that captivates with its pristine beaches and the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago. In Vilankulos, families can explore vibrant markets and historical sites, immersing themselves in the local culture. The journey to Mozambique’s coast reveals breathtaking landscapes and luxury at places like Machangulo, nestled between the Indian Ocean and Maputo Special Reserve. This resort offers a tranquil environment for snorkeling, fishing, or unwinding by the crystal blue waters​​.

Traveling further, families can discover the White Pearl Resorts, a hidden treasure with luxury suites providing stunning ocean views. Anvil Bay is also a fantastic beach resort that borders with Maputo National Park so there can be some game drives as part of your stay. Activities here include beach exploration, vibrant marine life encounters, and meals under the African sky. Vilanculos, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, offers luxurious stays at &Beyond Benguerra, Anantara Bazaruto, and Sussurro. These resorts feature world-class cuisine and activities like beach horseback riding and traditional dhow sailing​​.

The Bazaruto Archipelago, a UNESCO-protected marine reserve, is an underwater wonderland of coral reefs, tropical fish, and elusive dugongs. The blend of beach activities and safari experiences in Mozambique, especially when combined with a South African safari, offers families an unforgettable adventure. The combination of wildlife encounters and soothing Mozambican coastlines creates a perfect balance of excitement and relaxation.

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3. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe – Nature’s Spectacle

 

Victoria Falls, straddling Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. February is a particularly fantastic time to visit, offering the perfect balance of water levels for both witnessing the falls’ power and engaging in thrilling activities. Known as Vic Falls, this destination transforms into an adventure lover’s paradise, especially during the low river season, offering white water rafting, high-speed boat rides, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and the giant swing. Visitors shouldn’t miss the stunning views and delicious food at The Lookout Cafe​​.

For a serene experience, The Elephant Cafe offers a unique opportunity to get close to elephants. A minimum stay of two nights is recommended to fully immerse in the wonders of Vic Falls, including a helicopter flight over the falls and various activities​​.

Accommodation options near the falls include the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, providing proximity to the falls. For extended stays, the exquisite Royal Chundu Lodge, located upriver, offers unique activities and a variety of experiences to enhance your visit to this natural marvel.

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4. Cape Town & Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa – A Contrast of Scenery and Wildlife

South Africa presents a delightful blend of urban excitement and wildlife encounters. Cape Town, with its iconic Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the Cape of Good Hope, is a hub of cultural and scenic beauty. For accommodation, consider the Pod Hotel or The Marly Hotel, both near the beach and ideal for families who enjoy the ocean. The Winchester Hotel offers a prime location between the city and beaches. For those preferring city stays, La Botessa, Gorgeous George, and Camissa House offer luxurious accommodations with stunning views.

The Madikwe Game Reserve, a malaria-free zone, is perfect for family safaris. It offers close encounters with the Big Five and educates about conservation. For an extended exploration, consider a road trip along the Garden Route, ending with a safari near Port Elizabeth. Alternatively, for a more exclusive safari experience, lodges like Royal Melawane, Singita, Earth Lodge, and Saseka in the Kruger National Park area offer unparalleled luxury and wildlife encounters.

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5. Maasai Mara, Kenya – A Cultural and Wildlife Encounter

 

The Maasai Mara, a cornerstone of Kenyan safari experiences, offers families an unforgettable adventure amidst its famed wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Renowned for its abundant wildlife, including the Big Five, the Mara is also home to the Maasai people, whose local traditions and sustainable living practices offer a unique cultural insight.

For a luxurious stay in Kenya and the Maasai Mara, consider the following accommodations:

  • Hemingways Nairobi: An opulent hotel in Nairobi with colonial-style decor, featuring a library, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and spa.
  • Giraffe Manor: A unique retreat in Nairobi where guests can interact closely with Rothschild giraffes.
  • Ol Tokai: Situated in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, offering stunning views of the Mara River and savannah with a pool, spa, and library.
  • Angama Mara: A sumptuous camp in the Masai Mara National Reserve, known for its panoramic views, spacious tents with private decks, and a restaurant.
  • Elewana Tortilis Camp: Located in the Masai Mara National Reserve, this luxurious camp offers exclusive experiences with spacious tents, a pool, spa, and restaurant.
  • Tulia Lodge Boutique Hotel & Spa: Set in Tsavo West National Park, offering immersive African bush experiences with spacious suites, a pool, spa, and restaurant.
  • Olonana by Sanctuary lodges: An exclusive hideaway in the Masai Mara National Reserve, ideal for families and couples, featuring game drives, bush walks, and hot air balloon rides.
  • Bateleur by &Beyond: Located in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, offering intimate safari experiences with cultural interactions with the Maasai people.
  • Kichwa Tembo, by &Beyond: Set in the Mara Triangle, this camp offers a unique safari experience with game drives and bush walks.

These luxury accommodations provide families with a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion, making the Maasai Mara a truly enriching destination. Kenya also offers incredible beach resorts on it’s Indian Ocean coast so that is something to keep in mind. 

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Africa, a continent of immense diversity and beauty, offers an array of experiences ideal for families seeking both adventure and cultural depth. From the majestic wildlife of the Maasai Mara to the serene vineyards of South Africa, each destination promises not just a vacation, but a transformative experience.

Discover the ultimate luxury combination of a South African wine safari. Immerse yourself in the splendor of the Cape Winelands, enjoy exquisite wines, and then embark on a thrilling safari to witness Africa’s iconic wildlife. This seamless blend of culture, nature, and luxury is what makes an African journey with Nanan Travel truly special.

Ready to experience the best of both worlds?

Contact German to start planning your unforgettable African adventure today. Let’s guide you through a journey that’s not just a getaway but a life-changing experience.

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

Escaping to Madagascar: A Travel Guide for November

Escaping to Madagascar: A Travel Guide for November

Escaping to Madagascar: A Travel Guide for November

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Madagascar, an exceptional island nation nestled off the coast of East Africa, boasts a unique allure. Its reputation is built upon breathtaking landscapes, an abundance of diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage. For luxury travellers in search of an unforgettable African expedition, Madagascar stands as an ideal destination.

 

Why November?

Well, November marks the onset of the dry season in Madagascar. During this period, the weather takes a turn for the better, with warm and sunny days, along with a minimal chance of rain. These conditions are perfect for exploring the island’s remarkable outdoor attractions, including lush rainforests, captivating national parks, and pristine beaches.

In essence, Madagascar is a hidden gem that caters to luxury travellers seeking adventure and natural beauty. Whether you’re fascinated by remarkable landscapes, intrigued by unique wildlife, or eager to explore a rich cultural heritage, Madagascar promises an experience that will remain etched in your memory. And November, with its favorable weather conditions, provides an excellent opportunity to embark on this extraordinary journey.

Zambia - Victoria Falls - Devil's Pool
Zambia - Victoria Falls - Devil's Pool

Places to Visit

Here are some of the best places to visit in Madagascar:

  • Andasibe National Park: Imagine stepping into a realm where lemurs rule the treetops. Andasibe National Park, located in Madagascar, is your ticket to this extraordinary experience. Here, you’ll encounter the indri, the largest lemur species globally, among various other lemurs. The lush rainforest and enchanting wildlife make it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.
  • Morondova: If you’re a fan of unique natural wonders, Morondova should be on your list. This charming town is renowned for its mesmerising Baobab Avenue. Picture a road flanked by colossal baobab trees, creating an otherworldly scenery. It’s a sight that’s nothing short of magical, especially during sunrise or sunset.
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: Prepare to be awed by nature’s artistry. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Tsingy, a geological masterpiece. These sharp limestone pinnacles form a surreal landscape that feels like something out of a sci-fi movie. 
  • Diego Suarez: Located in northern Madagascar, Diego Suarez is a charming port city that serves as an ideal base for adventurers. From here, you can explore gems like the Amber Mountain National Park and the tropical paradise of Nosy Be Island. It’s a blend of coastal beauty and natural wonders.
  • Ankara Tsingy: For a twist on the Tsingy experience, head to Ankara Tsingy. Here, you’ll also encounter the Red Tsingy, characterised by its reddish rock formations. It’s a geological marvel akin to Tsingy de Bemaraha but with a unique hue. 
  • Nosy Be: Off the coast of Diego Suarez lies Nosy Be, an island known for its postcard-worthy white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. It’s a paradise for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Nosy Be is the main island of the archipelago and this offers many options for excursion or hotels to stay at.
  • Míavana, Anjanjavy, Tsarabinja, Tsarakomba: If you seek remote tranquility and the essence of luxury in Madagascar, these four remote luxury beach lodges are everything you need for that special luxurious escape.
  • Fort Dauphin and Fianarantsoa: In the southern reaches of Madagascar, you’ll discover Fort Dauphin with its French colonial architecture and stunning beaches. Fianarantsoa, on the other hand, offers a deep dive into traditional Malagasy culture and easy access to Ranomafana National Park.

These are just a few highlights of Madagascar’s diverse and captivating landscape.

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Zambia - Accommodation Zambia
Zambia - Accommodation Zambia

Things to Do

 

In addition to visiting the places listed above, there are a number of other things to do in Madagascar, including:

Wildlife Adventure: Madagascar is like a treasure chest of unique and endangered wildlife. Imagine getting up close and personal with lemurs, chameleons, and even the elusive fossa! Guided tours will lead you into their natural habitats, making it an adventure you won’t forget.

Hiking and Trekking Extravaganza: If you’re a nature enthusiast, you’re in for a treat. Madagascar boasts a range of stunning national parks with hiking and trekking trails for all levels of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll through nature, Madagascar has it all.

Beach Bliss: Madagascar’s beaches are nothing short of paradise. Think powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and swaying palm trees. It’s the perfect setting for beach-combing, water sports, or simply soaking up the sun. Beach lovers, this is your haven.

Cultural Immersion: Beyond its natural wonders, Madagascar has a rich tapestry of culture waiting to be explored. Step back in time by visiting traditional villages, bustling markets, and insightful museums. It’s a journey through history and tradition that will leave you enriched.

So, whether you’re seeking thrilling wildlife encounters, embarking on a nature hike, basking on pristine beaches, or delving into the island’s cultural heritage, Madagascar has it all. Your adventure here will be as diverse as the island itself.

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Places to Stay

Madagascar has a number of luxury resorts and lodges located throughout the island. These resorts offer stunning accommodations, world-class amenities, and personalised service.

Here are a few of the best luxury resorts and lodges in Madagascar:

  • Mantadia Lodge: Nestled in the heart of Andasibe National Park, this lodge not only offers plush accommodations but also treats you to breathtaking views of the rainforest right from your window.
  • Palissandre Cote Ouest: If you’ve ever dreamed of living amidst giant baobab trees, this resort in Morondova can make it come true. Plus, it’s your direct ticket to exploring the mystical Baobab Avenue.
  • Iharana Bush camp: For those craving a taste of adventure along with luxury, this lodge in Ankarana National Park offers both. You’ll wake up to mesmerising views of the Tsingy formations.
  • Miavana: Imagine being on your private island off the coast of Diego Suarez. Miavana is where luxury takes on a new meaning. Besides lavish accommodations, it offers a world-class experience like no other.
  • TsaraKombo: This one’s only 5 minutes from Nosy Be island and it’s luxury at it’s best. You can choose any of their rooms because they all have incredible beach views, each promising a delightful stay.

So, whether you’re in the mood for a secluded island retreat or want to be right in the heart of Madagascar’s natural wonders, the accommodation options here make sure your stay is as unforgettable as the island itself.

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Navigating Your Madagascar Adventure

 

Now that you’re gearing up for an unforgettable Madagascar adventure, let’s dive into some practical tips to make your journey as smooth as a glassy sea:

Plan Early: First things first, Madagascar is a coveted destination, especially during peak seasons. To secure your slice of paradise, start planning at least six months in advance. This will give you the upper hand when it comes to booking accommodations and activities.

Travel with a Pro: Madagascar’s rugged beauty is part of its allure, but it can also be a puzzle to navigate. This is where travel experts shine. They can craft the ideal itinerary, handle flights and lodging, and ensure you’re well-prepared for your journey, especially if you’re venturing off the beaten path.

Ready for the Ride: Let’s chat about the roads. They might not always be smooth as silk, but that’s part of the adventure. Embrace the unexpected and enjoy the journey, especially if you’re planning to explore remote corners.

Pack Wisely: Last but not least, packing. Madagascar’s weather can vary widely depending on when and where you visit. Sunblock, hats, and comfy clothing are must-packs. Depending on the season, you might also need rain gear and items to combat the humidity. Be ready for anything Mother Nature throws your way.

So, while Madagascar’s infrastructure might not be the slickest, it’s entirely manageable with the right attitude and a pinch of planning.

Madagascar is a truly unique and unforgettable destination for luxury travellers. With its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich culture, Madagascar has something to offer everyone. If you are looking for an African adventure that is off the beaten path and different, Madagascar is the perfect destination for you.

Are you ready to escape to Madagaascar?

Schedule a free planning session with me, and together we will create a personalized itinerary that fits your interests and budget. I’ll help you choose the perfect lodge, plan your activities, and book your transportation.

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

Honeymoon 101 – Planning the Perfect African Honeymoon

Honeymoon 101 – Planning the Perfect African Honeymoon

Honeymoon 101 – Planning the Perfect African Honeymoon

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Congratulations on your engagement! Planning a honeymoon is an exciting part of the journey into married life. And what could be more magical than embarking on this adventure in the captivating continent of Africa? 

If the idea of a dreamy African honeymoon has crossed your mind, you’re in for a treat. Southern and East Africa offer an array of breathtaking destinations and experiences that will make your honeymoon unforgettable. In this guide, we’ll walk you through planning the ultimate African honeymoon, filled with romance, adventure, and luxury.

 

Southern Africa: Cape Town, Safari, and Mozambique Beach Bliss

 

Cape Town: The City of Love

Your journey begins in the enchanting city of Cape Town, nestled between the towering Table Mountain and the glistening Atlantic Ocean. Cape Town is a haven for honeymooners, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a thriving culinary scene.

Where to Stay: Consider beginning your adventure at the Pod Hotel, a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Its chic design and central location make it a practical choice. Alternatively, for a touch of luxury and the chance to enjoy a mountain-view room on a higher floor, you can opt for either the Winchester Hotel or the One & Only hotel. These accommodations, situated in prime locations, will serve as ideal launchpads for your exploration of Cape Town’s vibrant neighborhoods.

 

Wine Lands: Sip, Savor, and Romance

After a few days in Cape Town, venture into the nearby Wine Lands for a taste of South Africa’s world-renowned wines. Imagine cycling through rolling vineyards, sipping on award-winning vintages, and indulging in exquisite gourmet picnics.

Where to Stay: Clouds Estate is a hidden gem in the Wine Lands, offering luxurious suites with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. It’s the ideal place to unwind and celebrate your love.

 

Safari Dreams in Kruger National Park

From the wine country, head to the iconic Kruger National Park for a safari experience like no other. Kruger is home to the famous Big Five and a myriad of other fascinating wildlife.

Safari Options: You can choose between Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge or Saseka Tented Camp, both offering an intimate and luxurious safari experience. Get ready for thrilling game drives and the opportunity to witness Africa’s magnificent creatures up close.

 

Mozambique Beach Paradise

To end your Southern African adventure on a tranquil note, make your way to the pristine beaches of Mozambique. This coastal paradise is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and endless stretches of sandy shores.

Beach Options: Consider Sussurro or &Beyond Benguerra for an idyllic beachfront stay. These resorts offer private villas, water-based activities like snorkeling and diving, and the perfect backdrop for romantic strolls along the beach.

Masai, entertaining tourists on the beach in Nungwi. Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa.
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East Africa: A Safari and Island Romance

Maasai Mara: Where Dreams Take Flight

Your East African adventure kicks off in the Maasai Mara, a wildlife haven known for its spectacular annual wildebeest migration. The Maasai Mara is a photographer’s paradise, and the sheer beauty of the landscape will leave you in awe.

Where to Stay: Choose between Maasai Mara’s finest lodges, such as Bateleur Lodge, Angama, or Olonana, each offering unparalleled views of the savannah and luxurious accommodations.

Serengeti: Where the Wild Things Roam

Fly from the Maasai Mara to Tanzania’s Serengeti, a vast wilderness that’s home to some of the world’s most magnificent creatures. Serengeti promises exceptional game viewing and a chance to witness the Big Five in their natural habitat.

Where to Stay: Book a stay at Mila Tented Camp or Singita Grumeti for an exclusive safari experience. Pioneer Camp is another fantastic option, known for its elegant simplicity and excellent wildlife sightings.

Ngorongoro Crater: A Natural Wonder

Don’t miss a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as Africa’s Eden. This unique ecosystem is home to an abundance of wildlife, and the crater’s beauty is simply mesmerizing.

Where to Stay: &Beyond Crater Lodge is perched on the rim of the crater, offering unrivaled views and luxurious accommodations. It’s the perfect place to soak in the natural splendor of the crater.

Zanzibar: Spice and Serenity

After your incredible safari experiences, it’s time to relax on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. With its spice markets, historical Stone Town, and azure waters, Zanzibar is the ideal place to unwind.

Beach Options: Consider Zuri Hotel, Zawadi Hotel, or White Sands for your beachfront retreat. These resorts offer water activities, spa treatments, and the perfect setting for romantic sunsets.

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Adventurous Additions: Rwanda and Madagascar

 

For the adventurous at heart, consider adding a visit to Rwanda to see the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas. Stay at Bisate Lodge or Gorilla’s Nest for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these incredible creatures. Continue your adventure in Madagascar, where the Nosy Be archipelago awaits with its pristine beaches. Tsara Komba Hotel or Miavana by Time and Tide offer the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Anjanjavy is another excellent option, known for its unique wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Paradise Islands in the Indian Ocean

If your heart desires more island paradise, look into the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, and other Indian Ocean destinations. However, be mindful of flight connections, as they can be tricky. These islands offer overwater bungalows, powdery beaches, and a sense of tropical bliss.

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Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Dream Honeymoon

  • Plan Early: Book your honeymoon at least 8 months in advance to secure availability and avoid interfering with your wedding planning.
  • Budget Flexibility: Allow some extra cash in your budget for unforeseen expenses or last-minute upgrades.
  • Explore Options: Make a list of potential lodges and hotels, and consult with a travel planner to choose the perfect fit for your honeymoon.
  • Flight Considerations: Research flight options to avoid inconvenient connections and ensure smooth travel.
  • Logical Itinerary: Plan your destination route in a logical order to maximize your experience.
  • Save the Best for Last: Whether it’s the safari or the beach, end your honeymoon with the highlight of your choice.
  • Travel Planner’s Help: Lean on your travel planner for guidance and assistance with every aspect of your honeymoon. 

Crafting Your Dream Honeymoon with German

Now that we’ve painted a vivid picture of your dream African honeymoon, it’s time to bring it to life. Crafting such an exquisite journey requires meticulous planning and expert guidance. That’s where German, the author of this article, comes in.

With years of experience in curating unforgettable African experiences, German is your key to unlocking the perfect honeymoon. His expertise and attention to detail ensure that every moment of your journey is tailored to your desires.

From the wild wonders of Botswana to the serene beaches of Zanzibar, the lush vineyards of South Africa, the thrilling safaris in Kenya, and the historic wonders of Egypt, German will handcraft an itinerary that surpasses your wildest dreams.

Africa offers a tapestry of experiences for couples seeking the ultimate in luxury and romance. If you’re ready to embark on this unforgettable journey, consider scheduling a free consultation with German. We’ll work closely with you to understand your preferences and curate an unparalleled honeymoon experience that’s tailored just for you.

 

Ready to embark on your unforgettable South African adventure?

Schedule a FREE planning session with German today and let’s turn your dream trip into reality.

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

South African Wine & Safari: The Ultimate Luxury Combination

South African Wine & Safari: The Ultimate Luxury Combination

South African Wine & Safari: The Ultimate Luxury Combination

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When it comes to travel dreams, South Africa often tops the list for many adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts. It’s a land of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, rich history, and, of course, exceptional wines. If you’re looking to embark on a journey that combines the best of both worlds – cultural exploration and wildlife encounters – then South Africa should be your next destination. In this article, we’ll delve into the incredible experiences waiting for you in the Cape Winelands and The many options for safaris, offer some travel tips, and explain why partnering with a travel expert is the key to making the most of your adventure.

 

Cape Winelands: A Toast to Elegance

Our journey begins in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, the Cape Winelands. This region, nestled at the base of the picturesque Hottentots Holland Mountains, offers a wine and culinary experience that’s second to none. Here’s what you can look forward to:

1. Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch, with its historic streets lined with oak trees, is one of the most renowned wine-producing regions globally. Take your time savoring award-winning wines in charming estates like Cavalli Estate, Waterford, Meerlust, Rust en Vrede, Delaire Graff Estate and many more. You’ll soon discover why South African wines are celebrated worldwide and if you like art, don’t miss visiting the Dylan Lewis Sculpture garden, and of course some of the Art Galleries in the wine estates. 

2. Franschhoek: The Gourmet Capital: A short drive from Stellenbosch lies Franschhoek, known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. Prepare your taste buds for an exquisite journey as you explore renowned restaurants like La Petite Colombe , Protegé, Chef’s warehouse at Maison, Miko at Mont Rochelle, etc, there are plenty of wine farms and restaurants to chose from, pay a visit to the amazing Ebony gallery and also visit Grande Provence to see their art collection. Don’t forget to pair your meal with some of the finest local wines.

3. Art and Culture in Paarl: Paarl offers a unique blend of wine and art. Visit the Laborie Wine Estate, where wine and art converge seamlessly. Explore the Afrikaans Language Monument, a cultural landmark with stunning vistas of the region.

4. Drift into Nature in Somerset West: If you seek tranquility amidst nature, Somerset West is your destination. The Vergelegen Wine Estate is known for its exceptional wines and beautiful gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the Camphors at Vergelegen, home to some of the oldest camphor trees in the country.

5. Wine Tram Tours in Franschhoek: For a unique wine-tasting experience, hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This open-air tram meanders through vineyards, stopping at some of the finest wine estates along the way. It’s a delightful way to savor wine while enjoying the scenic beauty.

Zambia - Victoria Falls - Devil's Pool
Zambia - Victoria Falls - Devil's Pool

Safris around Africa: A Wildlife Spectacle

From the serene vineyards, we transition to the untamed wilderness of Kruger National Park and Surroundings. This iconic park is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, offering unmatched opportunities to witness the famed Big Five lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinoceros. 

There are many places around South Africa where to do an incredible safari, Near Durban you can visit Phinda game reserve, Rhino Sands, to name a couple, near Port Elizabeth you can visit Shamwari Game reserve or Kariega game reserve, there is Madikwe national park near Johannesburg and the Waterberg with the fantastic Jamala safari lodge.

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Zambia - Accommodation Zambia
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Travel Tips for Your South African Adventure

 

Now that you’re inspired to explore the Cape Winelands and Kruger National Park, here are some travel tips to ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey:

1. Safety First: While South Africa offers breathtaking experiences, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Travel experts can provide insights into the safest areas, secure accommodations, and precautions to take while in the wild.

2. Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on trying local dishes like bobotie, bunny chow, and boerewors. These unique flavors are an essential part of the South African experience.

3. Packing Essentials: Remember essentials like sunblock, hats, and comfortable clothing. Depending on the season, the weather can vary, so check in advance.

4. Plan Your Itinerary: With so much to see and do, planning your itinerary is key. A travel expert can help you make the most of your time, ensuring you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions.

 

Why Partner with a Travel Expert?

 

Planning a trip to South Africa, especially one as diverse as the combination of Cape Winelands and Safari, can be overwhelming. This is where a travel expert comes in. They have the knowledge and experience to tailor your journey to your specific interests, ensuring every moment is unforgettable. From booking accommodations to arranging unique experiences, a travel expert simplifies the logistics, allowing you to focus on savoring the magic of South Africa.

South Africa beckons with a blend of elegance, adventure, and culture that’s hard to resist. The Cape Winelands enchant with their exquisite wines and gourmet delights, while a safari promises wildlife encounters like no other. With the right planning and the guidance of a travel expert, your South African adventure will be the journey of a lifetime.

Ready to embark on your unforgettable South African adventure?

Schedule a FREE planning session with German today and let’s turn your dream trip into reality.

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.

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