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African Vacation Destinations

Updated on February 16, 2015

African Vacations

Africa is a very varied continent with a huge contrast between the northern countries and sub-Saharan African countries; whether you want a beach vacation, cultural or historical trip to Morocco or Egypt, a traditional safari or the more specialist safaris available in Botswana or Namibia, Africa has a lot to offer.

I have had many vacations in Africa and have written several articles and taken many thousands of photographs. This lens is a collection of these articles and pictures and some travel tips, advice and recommendations of African hotels and other places to stay.

African Photo Gallery

Map of Africa

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A markerGabarone, Botswana -
Gabarone, Botswana
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B markerWindhoek, Namibia -
Windhoek, Namibia
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C markerCairo, Egypt -
Cairo, Egypt
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D markerMarrakech, Morocco -
Marrakech, Morocco
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Safari Vacations

Safari vacations in Africa are generally in Sub-Saharan Africa; traditionally the majority of such vacations were in Kenya, Tanzania, or South Africa, with a lot of tourists opting for a beach and safari trip involving several days of sun-bathing followed by a couple of days in a convoy of mini-buses. This is not the optimum way to see the wonderful wildlife and now there are many more adventurous vacations available in such places as the Okavango Delta in Botwana, Etosha in Namibia (see articles below)

While the beach/safari trip is a great introduction to Africa staying in a good luxury lodge gives a far better insight into this fascinating country or camping

and walking safari would give a more affordable if terrifying experience. I have tried both.

Cultural and sight-seeing trips in North Africa

Northern African countries are quite a contrast to their southern neighbours. Vacations in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are usually more about sight seeing, history and culture: Step back in time on a Nile cruise in Egypt or spend a few days experiencing the Arabian culture in Marrakech, Morocco.

Travelers' Tales

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      williamjhn 4 years ago

      Hello You've wrote excellent post related South Africa. I've see one useful site related South Africa Vacation information

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      CaptureSafaris 5 years ago

      Some great shots there, heading back myself shortly...What a beautiful continent

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      CaptureSafaris 5 years ago

      Some great shots there, heading back myself shortly...What a beautiful continent

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I would love to go on a safari.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Going to Africa has been a life long dream for me. Thanks for the info.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Stunning

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      one more beautiful travel guide from you andy. really enjoyed your 'african vocation destination' photos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I super enjoyed all the photos here. I hope someday, I can visit Safari. Super liked lens!

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      indiavacationplans 6 years ago

      Interesting topic with some good images! Would love to read about your thoughts on them, though! ;)

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      indiavacationplans 6 years ago

      Interesting topic with some good images! Would love to read about your thoughts on them, though! ;)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      At this point I will probably never get to Africa, so I will see it through your eyes

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      diwakat 8 years ago

      cool lens you have there, and great images too. Very informative. Gave 5** rate. Mind checking my lens on Lion Safari and give your rate.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A beautiful and excellent lens Andy! - Wow!

      Have a good Memorial Day!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      More wonderful photos from you!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great photos and another great lens Andy. 5*****

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Beautiful photography, yet again. Really enjoyed my visit :)

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      topstuff 8 years ago

      I am such a sucker for animals and especially African ones, what beautiful photos you have :)) Great lens with heaps of great info

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous. I love your lenses and your photography. Beautiful

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Help Africa Group.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Do you know it seems like whenever I need a break from my world, all I have to do is visit one of your lenses and I can go to another place. Thank goodness you do not take pictures of the galaxies-I may take a trip there and never want to come back. I really love your photography you do such great work!

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      My son-in-law is from South Africa and I have an open invitation to visit with his family. Looking at your photographs has me yearning to go. Great lens Andy :)

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Amazing photography and an excellent lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I love the pictures!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Angel blessingsfor yet another wonderful travel lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful photos. I would love to go on a safari trip.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Some absolutely stunning and amazing photographs -- I particularly like the wild cats and leopards.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Gorgeous photos, as always! Welcome to All Things Travel. I hope you'll also add this lens to the Help Africa Group.

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group.

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      There's no place like Africa, beautiful photo's.

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      momsherbs 9 years ago

      Your travel lens are so beautiful, love the photography. Mays me feel like I am on a many trip! 5 stars!