Africa Touring Picks
Indulge in a month of African travel
Vermonts Global Village Project offers a month of discovery
in Ghana. The first two weeks your days will be spent dancing and
drumming in the mornings and batiking, wood carving, drum making and
cooking in the afternoons. Travelers will become artists in residence
at the Dagbe Cultural and Arts Center, a Mecca of traditional craft
in the tiny village of Kopeiyia.
The second half of the trip takes you traveling. A monkey sanctuary
and Mole National Park, the only African park where visitors can go
on guided walks in the bush, are on the itinerary, as are the beaches
of the Ghanaian coast, the tropical rainforest, and historical sights.
This trip is an outstanding opportunity to get to know local people,
and to become part of a community.
South Africa by motorcycle
Ride through the unspoiled natural scenery of South Africa experiencing
the elements. South African Motorcycle Tours shows you how on 1,
2, 7, and 12-day excursions that take you over mountain passes, through
traditional African villages, and to ostrich and crocodile farms. Even
with all the scheduled activities, these motorcycle tours leave you plenty
of time to swim, surf, eat well and sample South Africa_s fine wines.
Late model BMWs and a multilingual guide are included in the price of
the tour. Self-drive rentals are also available. sa-motorcycle-tours.com
- South Africa by your own power
If motorized transportation is not for you, travel through South Africa
on pure leg power. Day Trippers will take you on day or multi-day cycling
excursions, including cycling and whale watching, mountain biking and
a cycling tour of the Cape Peninsula that includes a trip to the local
penguin colony. All trips include a guide, transport, and lunch.
- Overland it
A classic way of touring Africa for the budget traveler, overland
truck trips can be the adventure of a lifetime. Join 15 or so
like-minded adventurers and criss-cross the entire continent (or most
of it) in a customized truck/bus. Trips last from a few weeks to a
few months and are definitely for the intrepid. Camp beneath the stars,
stay in local homes or small guesthouses, get really close to the
culture of Africa. There are several different overland companies
specializing in trips to Africa, most of which are represented in
the US by Adventure Center. adventurecenter.com.
- Take the Blue Train
For a more luxurious land trip, Take a trip back in time to the golden
age of train travel, and see Southern Africa from aboard the steam-powered
luxury train. Board the Blue Train in Pretoria, South Africa,
and ride through spectacular vineyards, river valleys and diamond country
to Zimbabwes Victoria Falls. Soak in the landscape through the
picture windows of your five-star private cabin, or in the company of
comrades in the Dining, Lounge and Club cars. The meals are sumptuous
and elegantly presented, with South African wines selected to accompany
each course. The Blue Train is a five-star hotel on tracks, and a trip
the refined traveler should not miss.
- Wine and dine tour of South Africa
Though still off-the-beaten-path (as opposed to Italy or California), the vineyards of South Africa are becoming well known for their tantalizing varietals, and oenophiles (wine lovers) around the globe are raving about South African wines. Try them yourself during the Cape Winelands Tours jaunt around the regions vineyards and wineries, replete with winetastings, expert winemaker lectures, gourmet regional dining and luxurious accommodations.
- Small safaris
For decades, Wildland Adventures has been offering some of
the most balanced and intriguing safaris in Africa. From classic East
African lodge safaris to birdwatching trips in Madagascar, and from
Nile cruising and archaeology in Egypt to flying safaris through Malawi
and Zambia, Wildlands mix of activities introduce travelers
to both the natural and cultural environments of their destinations.
And small groups, camping and hotel stays and a strong ecotourism
focus are mainstays of this companys philosophy. wildland.com For other safari options visit
- One-of-a-kind private tours
Join Heritage Tours for a custom-designed, private, car-and driver tour of South Africa or Morocco. Explore the culture and sights at your own pace, enjoy top-of-line dining, luxurious accommodations and fine wines. The adventurous can choose to trek the High Atlas, 4X4 the Sahara or spot "The Big Five" in South Africas private reserves. For those who want something more educational, explore the unique and vibrant Jewish heritage of either country with exclusive Jewish Heritage Tours. heritagetoursonline.com
- Study Senegalese and Gambian Arts
African Travel Seminars offers unique arts and culture tours of Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Visit museums, markets and artisan centers, universities and national parks, learn about slave history and modern African culture, and even visit the village Alex Haley profiled in "Roots." First class accommodations make these trips the most educational and enjoyable way to learn about African culture. africantravelseminars.com
- View from the Stars
Balloon safaris give a new twist to a favorite activity for visitors to Tanzania. Travel the jungles by hot air balloon, flying high for an eagle-eye perspective, and dropping to grass level for up close views of African flora and fauna. Perfect for photographers looking for perspective. Serengeti Balloon Safaris contribute substantially to wildlife conservation in Tanzanian National Parks.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris have pre-dawn departures, and conclude with a champagne breakfast in the bush. balloonsafaris.com
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