5 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
The African continent is as diverse as it is dynamic and so it’s no wonder that many of its mesmerising locations top bucket lists all over the world. From the proud pyramids of Egypt to the spellbinding souks of Morocco and the dazzling lagoons of Mauritius, Africa holidays really do cater for all types of travellers. We’ve rounded up 5 holiday destinations on the continent you simply can’t miss!
Holidays to Morocco effortlessly combine culture, coast and a city break in one. Boasting an inviting year-round climate too, it’s no surprise that once holidaymakers experience the magic of Morocco they return time and time again.
Showcasing spectacular souks, daring desert adventures and hotels with heavenly oasis hotel pools (to name just a few reasons to visit), this part of the world is a truly hypnotic place packed with atmosphere from Agadir to Marrakech.
Head to Marrakech and explore the Red City’s labyrinth of enchanting streets peppered with snake charmers and storytellers around every corner. Shop at the authentic souks, sample exotic spices, or take a moment to pamper yourself and visit an authentic Hammam spa. If you’re travelling to Africa for a beach break, then Agadir’s Blue Flag beach is where it’s at; when you’re not worshipping the sun, there are plenty of activities to entice you - so learn to surf, hitch a camel ride, or journey to the medieval fortress. No matter your taste, Morocco holidays will thrill all types of travellers and no doubt leave you wanting more.
Take a trip to Tunisia and embark on a holiday to remember. From the Berber villages on the edge of the famous Sahara to charming ancient cities and lively medinas – not to mention the beautiful beaches – Tunisia is a top choice for families and couples alike.
Tempting holidaymakers nearly all year round thanks to an inviting climate, sweeping sandy beaches and an abundance of ways to enjoy the water, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and a resort to match too.
The area of Monastir in particular is a favourite for its mix of ancient beauty and impressive coastline. Away from the beach you can explore Ribat and the Great Mosque, marvel as you wander the old medina, sample traditional Tunisian cuisine and prepare to devour the most delicious seafood. If Africa has been on your bucket list for a while, then Tunisia is a wonderful way to discover the continent - and as one of the more affordable destinations, you’re sure to find a bargain!
An alluring archipelago of islands off the East African coast, the Seychelles is a pretty paradise brimming with beautiful beaches, captivating coral reefs, lush landscapes and more. Dotted across the Indian Ocean, the irresistible islands are a popular honeymoon destination and it’s easy to see why, with sparkling azure waters and flawless white sandy shores creating a true haven for romance and relaxation.
Much like in the UK, the summer months of June through to August boast the best weather. With temperatures reaching the high twenties and little rainfall, it’s the perfect time to get away and uncover the mesmerising natural beauty this part of the world has to offer.
With an abundance of marine life like manta rays, whale sharks and of course the native Hawksbill turtle gracing the waters, no trip to the Seychelles is complete without exploring the warm waters so be sure to try diving or snorkelling. When you’re not in the water, the land offers a spectacular sun-drenched sanctuary. Unwind on the beach and simply watch the world go by, visit one of the very best spas to enjoy a spot of island pampering or hike through the forest and be at one with nature. Featuring a tempting range of restaurants and stylish bars to complement your stay too, it’s time to say hello to the spectacular Seychelles.
Situated in the vibrant Indian Ocean, Mauritius may be small in size but it certainly scores big on natural beauty. Featuring verdant vegetation, a bounty of pure white shorelines and an array of rare birds and fish, Mauritius holidays really are all about beautiful beaches, wildlife and the flora and fauna.
Tourism is at the heart of the country and so Mauritius boasts some of the very best luxury resorts and hotels in Africa; think scenic ocean view rooms, decadent seafood dining, tranquil spa retreats and more – pure bliss.
Whether it’s a honeymoon escape or a special holiday, adventuring and water sports feature big on the bucket list of things to do. Snorkel in the crystal-clear water of Flic en Flac, or take to the wild green meadows and forests of The Black River Gorges National Park to trek and admire the scenery. Soak up the glorious summer sun at Belle Mare and Palmer beach and if you’re lucky you may glimpse whales and dolphins drifting by. Finally, if you’re a foodie, Mauritius’ cuisine is a true treat for the taste buds with Creole, French and Indian influences inspiring each dish. What are you waiting for? Mauritius is calling…
Visions of rolling deserts, majestic pyramids, ancient tombs and more, there’s nowhere else on earth quite like Egypt. Blending a historic escape with a lavish beach break, this exciting destination is full of discovery. From the city of Hurghada to Luxor’s tombs and pyramids to the colourful Makadi Bay, Egypt holidays have it all.
The North East African country has a welcoming year-round climate, however it’s best visited between September to April. With flight times from the UK just over five hours, it takes no time at all to touch down and embark on an Egyptian escape.
If you’re visiting Egypt for the first time, then head to Luxor to experience The Great Pyramid of Giza – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient city is also home to the iconic Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temple and a whole host of other historical sites, so spend a day getting lost in this ancient land. Stay in Sharm el Sheikh for some of the most luxurious resorts in Egypt and for the active holidaymaker, the nearby Red Sea is waiting with some of the greatest diving sites in the world on offer. With Hurghada city, Makadi Bay and Soma Bay also a must, get set to fall for enticing Egypt.