On the Map

On the Map: Astounding Stays in Africa

28 September 2022

Covering around one-fifth of the entire globe, Africa is the world’s second-largest continent (Asia being the largest).

Most of Africa is tropical; divided almost equally in two by the Equator, so if you worship the fiery sun then this is certainly the destination for you, with beach holidays that are akin to actual paradise.

Even better, there are some incredible sunset-seascapes to view in every direction… including the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea and Indian Ocean to the east.

And as you might expect from a continent so large and diverse, Africa is packed with some of the world’s biggest and best attributes. For example, the Sahara is the largest desert, the Nile the longest river, and the Victoria Falls the largest and most powerful waterfall on Earth. You can even catch sight of the animal kingdom’s ‘Big Five’ on an iconic African safari.

A true melting pot of cultures, there’s something new to discover in every African city, too, from the bazaars of Marrakech to Cape Town’s fascinating architecture, coastline, and epic views of Table Mountain.

Whatever whets your holiday appetite the most, you’re sure to discover it in our intriguing selection of African retreats.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Kagga Kamma | South Africa

The Underwater Room

Pemba, Zanzibar
Relax and watch rare fish swim by, from the extreme comfort and beauty of a shimmering Zanzibar underwater idyll.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£1689 all inclusive (based on 3 night stay)*

Chole Mjini

Mafia Island Marine Park, Zanzibar
Choose your Tanzanian island paradise from seven hand-crafted, eco-friendly treehouses with spectacular ocean views.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£187 / night

Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast, Kunene
Discover Namibia's raw and rugged Skeleton Coast, from a unique ‘shipwreck' cabin set amongst remote desert dunes.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
£755 / night

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

Merzouga, Drâa-Tafilalet
A sumptuous setting, full of adventure and relaxation amongst the awe-inspiring Moroccan desert dunes.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 per tent
£286 / night

Teniqua Treetops

Nr Sedgefield, Western Cape
A scenic eco and family-friendly resort wonderfully rich in bird life, perfectly set on South Africa's Eden-like Garden Route.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per Suite
£78 / night (Couples Suite)

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Cape Town, Western Cape
Seven gleaming, individually-styled airstreams secluded at the top of Cape Town's iconic city centre hotel.
Bedrooms: 1 per airstream
Sleeps: 2 per airstream
£132 / night (2 guests B&B)

Kagga Kamma

Cederberg, Western Cape
Escape the din of city life, in a culture-rich South African nature reserve and spa surrounded by vast, unspoilt wilderness.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 2 (+2)
£134 / night


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