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On the Map: Astounding Stays in Africa

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Published 28/09/2022 On the Map: Astounding Stays in Africa


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

The Underwater Room

Relax and watch rare fish swim by, from the extreme comfort and beauty of a shimmering Zanzibar underwater idyll. If you've ever wondered about the exact location of paradise, we can give you directions. The Manta Resort is a stunningly serene, naturally crafted sanctuary found on the remote Zanzibar island of Pemba.   The eco-friendly resort is a tropical island tribute to the calm…

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini

Choose your Tanzanian island paradise from seven hand-crafted, eco-friendly treehouses with spectacular ocean views. If room service menus and controllable air-con are your favourite holiday luxuries then we'll say it now: Chole Mjini isn't for you.   If, however, you believe that the ultimate luxury in life is nature in all its spectacular glory, then you just might fall…

Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

Discover Namibia's raw and rugged Skeleton Coast, from a unique ‘shipwreck' cabin set amongst remote desert dunes. Located 45 kilometres from Möwe Bay, between two winding rivers in Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast National Park, there is absolutely nowhere in the world quite like Shipwreck Lodge. Created by an ambitious local architect, the Lodge comprises ten individual eco-cabins,…

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

A sumptuous setting, full of adventure and relaxation amongst the awe-inspiring Moroccan desert dunes. The Moroccan desert is a special and captivating location, something Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp showcases to its greatest effect. Situated within the tranquil, windswept Erg Chebbi - a truly breathtaking sea of Saharan sand dunes - this is the magical desert backdrop that dreams are…

Elewana Loisaba Starbeds

Elewana Loisaba Starbeds

Luxuriate in the "world's biggest bedroom", surrounded by exotic wildlife under the vast, star-studded Kenyan sky. A working livestock ranch and a much-loved wildlife conservancy that stretches out for 56,000 acres, Loisaba is perfectly located in Kenya's Northern Laikipia region. With two flowing rivers and a plethora of natural springs, there is a huge variety of wildlife to feast your…

Teniqua Treetops

Teniqua Treetops

A scenic eco and family-friendly resort wonderfully rich in bird life, perfectly set on South Africa's Eden-like Garden Route. There's something about unspoilt nature that simply compels you to relax and unwind. Surrounded by dense, flourishing forest and vast beaches, Teniqua Treetops showcases the natural world to its most awe-inspiring effect. The expansive treehouse resort is…

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Seven gleaming, individually-styled airstreams secluded at the top of Cape Town's iconic city centre hotel. Originally built in 1874, Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is a much-loved, iconic heritage building in the heart of Cape Town's thriving Long Street. The proud home of South Africa's one-and-only rooftop Airstream trailer park, if you're looking for a unique holiday experience that…

Kagga Kamma

Kagga Kamma

Escape the din of city life, in a culture-rich South African nature reserve and spa surrounded by vast, unspoilt wilderness. Kagga Kamma is an award-winning nature reserve, magnificently located within acres of pure wilderness in South Africa's Cederberg Mountains. Just three hours from Cape Town, you'll feel as though you've been spirited to a whole other world - one filled with…

Clarens Castle

Clarens Castle

A luxurious fairytale tower, filled with classic storybook detailing and nestled in the heart of South Africa's picturesque Maluti Mountains.If you've ever fantasised about stepping into the pages of a magical fairy story, an exclusive stay at Clarens Castle promises to make your dreams come true.Beautifully themed and styled as Rapunzel's iconic tower, the castle-for-four is filled with intricate…

The Container Haus

The Container Haus

A light, bright, creatively repurposed container, set blissfully off the beaten track in the rolling hills of Uganda's Eastern Region.Just five minutes away from the shimmering River Nile, you'll discover The Container Haus in rural Jinja - perfectly set off the beaten Ugandan tourist track, yet close to the bustling main street.An imaginatively upcycled container, once filled with medical…

Tulbagh Geodome

Tulbagh Geodome

A private hideaway with a stargazing outdoor bath, surrounded by water and nestled on a vast farm in the South African Winelands. A true ‘bucket list' destination, Tulbagh is one of the most historic, culturally significant - and beautifully scenic - areas in South Africa.   Fringed by rolling mountains on three sides, and boasting glorious river-and-valley views, Tulbagh's celebrated…

The Brandy Bus

The Brandy Bus

Relax aboard a family-friendly bus that's cosy, colourful, and surrounded by lush Nairobi gardens that feel like your very own slice of paradise. Renovated with love and care, The Brandy Bus is a vintage double-decker bus that now enjoys permanent pride of place in the lush suburbs of Karen, Nairobi (the area is named after Karen Blixen, whose famous memoir Out of Africa is set here). A…

Pelican Point Lodge

Pelican Point Lodge

A scenery-showcasing retreat at the foot of a historic Namibian lighthouse, with atmospheric 360-degree views of Walvis Bay Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.Styled just like Walvis Bay Pelican Point Lighthouse, whose historic foot it rests at, Pelican Point Lodge showcases outstanding views of both Walvis Bay Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.With options that are suitable for couples and families, each…

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