Imagine…standing in a hot air balloon, ascending slowly as the sun rises over the African plains. Skimming across the horizon, you lock eyes with a leopard perched up in the tree. A lion’s mighty roar is heard from far below while you take in the heart-pumping great migration…sometimes called the greatest miracle on earth! Nowhere else in the world does wildlife (and the cultures of the Samburu and Maasai people) better than Africa. Few wildlife experiences can beat the sheer thrill of a face-to-face encounter one of the BIG 5: Africa’s most dangerous animals – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, and leopard. This collection of “safari royalty” is sure to add an exhilarating edge to your bucket list safari experience!
Have I piqued your interest yet?
There is a truly magical quality and indescribable energy about Africa, which you’ll feel as soon as you step onto its soil. Going on a safari means a change of scenery, enjoying the time traveling through Africa at a slower pace, taking in nature, and forgetting about the daily grind. Relax, savor, and recharge!
Africa is a vast destination – in fact, if you look at the continent on a map, you can fit the USA, China, India, and most of Europe into it. So, think of an Africa vacation in terms of Southern and Eastern Africa, and Central Africa. For travelers heading to Africa on a once in a lifetime experience, thinking they may never go back, try a combination of:
a. Cape Town (for absolutely gorgeous scenery and first-class foodie experiences including the Cape Winelands for wine, olive oil, and beer tasting experiences)
b. Victoria Falls (one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and one of the most gorgeous waterfalls you’ll ever see)
c. Top it off with a traditional safari (where you’ll see elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards, buffalo, and so much more)
For adrenalin junkies, Victoria Falls offers many activities to enjoy, including white water rafting, ziplining, and bungee jumping. Who wouldn’t love Art with Elephants, a fantastic opportunity to exercise your creativity and enjoy painting elephants out in the bush? You could also enjoy an afternoon with Aunt Flatter, a Ndebele Zimbabwean who invites you into her home and cooks you a typical African meal. It’s the most beautiful hour of your life!
Your life will change when you witness the Great Migration, combined with seeing the gorillas in Central Africa. The great migration is the most spectacular massive movement of animals. Every year, over a million wildebeest and thousands of gazelles and zebras make their way between Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park and back in search of green grass. You might get lucky to see a lion eagerly waiting for his chance at a meal nearby. Central Africa, Rwanda & Uganda are home to chimpanzees and gorillas, and tears will flow when you see these magical creatures in their natural environment.
You may not realize that Africa is known for its unique culinary experiences. It’s true!
Imagine you’re on a game drive with your safari guide, discovering elephants munching away on leaves and bushes, giraffes peeking over trees, and lions playing with each other. You’ve seen the game, and now you’re hungry and need a little bit of R&R. Your guide continues driving towards what seems like a river, and under the trees, you see a table and chairs, some lounge chairs, and what appears to be smoke coming from a trailer. Here you meet The Safari Butler, who has converted his trailer into a Mobile Kitchen. The Safari Butler and his team cater to your every need, spoiling you with a delicious lunch cooked in the bush, all while you enjoy a Gin & Tonic or Zambezi Lager. How does imbibing a cocktail near gorgeous Victoria Falls sound?
A safari allows you to support conservation efforts and save the species which are in danger of extinction. Tourists help to increase the number of gorillas & chimps in the wild, save the beautiful elephants who are in decline due to poaching, and also help protect the lions.
One of my favorite supplier partners for this type of vacation is Hills of Africa Travel, a boutique travel company specializing in customized luxury African safari vacations and known for their very high touch and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Hills of Africa Travel is built on the foundation of five core : impeccable customer service, first-class tourism services, giving back to the community, sustainable tourism, and wildlife conservation. Africa has been a huge part of founder and president, Sandy Salle, since she was born in Zimbabwe. She created the company nearly 20 years ago as a way to positively change the lives of travelers (and the people and wildlife of Africa), just as it did for her.
The staff at Hills of Africa incorporates my clients’ desires and needs and into an African safari vacation itinerary that fits perfectly with their budget, time frame, and travel tastes. For more adventurous travelers, they can arrange white water rafting at Victoria Falls, gorilla trekking in the forests of Uganda and Rwanda, horseback riding amongst the Great Migration, and cage diving with great white sharks along South Africa’s coast—just to name a few. All of their preferred properties are celebrated for faultless service, superior hospitality, lavish accommodations, and exceptional attention to detail to ensure a truly immersive and relaxing experience.
Your Hills of Africa Travel guides meet you the moment you touch African soil. They are not merely drivers, but local residents who have extensive knowledge of Africa and its culture. Rest assured, their warmth and charm will make you feel safe and welcome.
If an African adventure is on YOUR bucket list, let Premiere Luxury Travel and Hills of Africa deliver the experience of a lifetime! We have curated a special small group luxury bucket list trip that will change your life! The dates for this amazing adventure are September 21-October 3, 2023, and YOU can come with us! Limited to only 10 VIP clients, it will sell out quickly. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Our bespoke itineraries are uniquely designed to completely immerse you in your destination, with delightfully unexpected surprises along the way.
We have a special passion for all things culinary—and we would love to introduce you to your destination’s distinct (and delicious!) food and wine traditions through one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. The best part? You won’t have to do a thing except relax, recharge, and create memories that last a lifetime!
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