Africa is a vast continent with a very diverse cultural heritage. Add the tropical Indian Ocean isles along its eastern coastline and you have a foodie treasure trove of flavours and culinary traditions. The continent’s contemporary chefs are turning this fusion heritage into an art form on a par with the iconic cuisine of London, Paris, Sydney and New York.
We know just how tough it is to sift through all the information and inspiration on Africa to choose a travel adventure. We put our expertise and local knowledge to the test to come up with the Top 10 Best Safaris and Beach Getaways for 2014. These are not just good vacation ideas, they are handpicked, lust-haves - the crème-de-la-crème of African safaris that mix and match the very best luxury accommodation with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that'll have friends asking to see your photos and hear your anecdotes for years to come…
Played under sunny South African skies, the Nedbank Golf Challenge is Africa’s ‘Major’ – the sport’s showcase event on the continent. And thanks to a recent restructuring and increase in prize money, this year’s tournament promises to be a cracker.
It’s just after dawn, a time rarely seen on traditional beach holidays. Yet a group of guests has already gathered in front of the Rocktail Beach Dive Centre. I wander up - weight belt in one hand, cup of coffee in the other - and listen to the excited chatter about what lies ahead (or rather below): “There have been fantastic whale shark sightings recently!”; “Massive mantas circled us yesterday!”; “I hear the coral is incredible!”
Floating down a papyrus-lined channel with only a mokoro canoe between me and the water lilies, I’m awestruck by this wild place. Bird song follows us, punctuating the soft rhythm of the pole as it dips in and out the clear water, its cool freshness enveloping my fingers as they trail in the wake. I am in the heart of the magical Okavango Delta, undoubtedly one of Africa’s most inspirational destinations.
Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula have two glittering coastlines with a beach to suit every mood and moment. Whether you're after buzzing beachside bars, secluded coves, safe swimming beaches or a romantic spot for a sunset picnic, our guide to Cape Town’s best beaches will point you in the right direction.
The black volcanic rock is bright and glossy in the moonlight; it crunches softly underfoot. Above Karanga Camp, the iconic snow cap is blue-white against a night sky bursting with stars. My breath hangs in the air as small, fluffy clouds and I am chilled to the bone despite the layers under my down jacket. Dome tents huddle in small groups on the mountainside, some glow softly, lit from within by headlamps. The stillness of the night is broken by the shuffle of canvas and the cough of a climber suffering from altitude sickness. It is hard to believe that a mere 2,000m below my camp there is a tropical rainforest.
The natural beauty of the most famous places in Africa never fails to inspire awe in those lucky enough to travel to them.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems only right to bring you Africa’s most romantic escapes. But don’t expect just the usual ‘candlelit dinners’ and ‘petal-strewn bathtubs’: our experts have ditched the clichés and sought out exceptional experiences and secluded escapes - this is romance with an African twist.
What is your idea of an ideal holiday break? Maybe it's spending time with friends and family exploring new places. Perhaps it's meeting interesting people or trying exciting activities like hiking, horse riding and game viewing. Is it lazy lunches in beautiful surroundings and days spent soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach?