A treehouse makes for the ultimate safari lodge - there’s nothing quite like a giant fig tree spiralling through your suite to make you feel totally immersed in the wonder and romance of Africa. And the best part: many of these camps are semi-permanent, meaning that everything can be totally removed to leave the landscape exactly as it was before. Aesthetically, the results of this eco-friendly approach can be simply astounding – here’s our top 12 selection of the most luxurious treehouse lodges, forest suites and sleep-outs in Africa.
African safaris are jam-packed with outdoor adventure, so you’ll need to be dressed appropriately. As you experience the captivating sights and sounds of Africa, you won’t want to worry about being uncomfortable or picking out an outfit each morning.
I’ve travelled across most of Africa – from South Africa’s Cape Winelands to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, throughout Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the archipelagos off Mozambique, from sultry Lagos in Nigeria to East Africa’s triumphant trio: Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. I’ve spent two decades in a love affair with this continent, mostly as a solo traveller.
Cape Town is an starting point for a South Africa family holiday: from the city’s many local attractions it’s a comfortable drive up the West Coast to one of the most child-friendly reserves in Africa - Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, a South African Natural Heritage Site set in the beautiful foothills of the Cederberg. Home to San rock art sites and plenty of flora and mountain wildlife (including the very rare and elusive Cape leopard), Bushmans Kloof offers a range of activities that make the most of the great outdoors.
If you and your family are waterbabies, then Africa’s magnificent lakes and sultry Indian Ocean should be on your all-time bucket list. Offering exciting destinations that are somewhat off the beaten track, the sheer diversity of both the topography and creatures of these underwater worlds has to be experienced to be believed.
If you’re travelling to Africa for a safari, chances are you’ll be stopping over in a city for a night or two. When it comes to beautiful Cape Town and its gorgeous Winelands, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay for at least a week!
A highlight of any trip to Africa is certain to be the people you meet. This land is made up of a rich diversity of warm-hearted people with fascinating stories to share; stories about their countries’ pasts and hopeful futures, their everyday lives, traditions and beliefs.
Being from Cape Town we like to think that we live in the land of eternal sunshine – most Capetonians do. This isn’t too far from the truth as Cape Town's winters are peppered with occasional moments of glorious sunshine. And we're not talking about a feeble, washed-out winter sun but rich, golden days with warm colours, pleasant temperatures and no wind that makes for perfect hiking weather!
If you’re asking: 'Is it safe to travel to Kenya?' we’re glad to report that it is.
South Africa’s accommodation options are as diverse as its landscape of craggy mountains, golden savannah, sub-tropical forest and haunting desert. I’ve selected some of the best hotels the country’s most popular travel destinations where you can feel like you’re splurging without breaking the bank…