Explore Africa

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

It may no longer be the unexplored 'dark continent' of the nineteenth century, but Africa remains a paradise for those looking for adventure. Below we explore some of the more unusual tours to the continent.

Guerba's epic Cairo to Cape Town African adventure spans the continent, from ancient Egypt to the splendour of Cape Town. Travel along the Nile valley to Ethiopia, pass through the tribal lands and wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa, and wind up on the sun-drenched beaches of South Africa. Guerba also announced that from December 2005 they will include Sudan in the itinerary for the firsst time in 15 years.

Highlights of the trip when it visits Sudan include a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Napatan Region, which cover more than 60km of the Nile river valley and Jebel Barkal (Barkal Mountain) - both in the North of the country.

The trip also includes the opportunity to witness one of the seven wonders of the world - the Egyptian Pyramids, a cruise down the Nile, wildlife spotting of the big five on a spectacular Serengeti safari in Tanzania, and a day at the Ngorongoro Crater. There is also a chance to meet members of the Masai tribes, relax on the white sands of Zanzibar's beaches, enjoy the waters of the impressive Victoria Falls and take the Garden Route to the port of Cape Town, with its views of Table Mountain.

For more details on the Cairo to Cape Town tour visit: www.guerba.com

But if travelling the entire continent doesn't appeal, or is beyond your budget, there are other exciting African package holidays available, Namibia among them. Situated on the Atlantic coast of South-West Africa, Namibia has spectacular contrasting landscapes. Deserts, canyons, hilly plateaus and game reserves, make Namibia the perfect setting for an exciting break.

The famous Namib Desert is one of the oldest in the world, with endless red sand dunes that stretch for miles. The central plateau has breathtaking scenery, with rugged mountains, sand-filled valleys and endless plains. For nature enthusiasts, the vast game reserves of Etosha and Damaraland are certain to impress.

Etosha Shuttle Tour: Online Travel are currently offering the chance to experience the ultimate wildlife safari on the Etosha Shuttle Tour. This journey allows you to view the spectacular animals of the Etosha National Park, including herds of antelope, zebra and elephants. Starting in Namibia's capital, Windhoek, this tour takes you to the heart of the park - your home for the duration of the tour. Visitors to the park can enjoy watching game after dark at a floodlit waterhole, spot wildlife as you drive along the vast saltplan or pick up a souvenir at the Okanhandja woodcrafter market.

Namibia South Safari: But if you are looking for a longer expedition a ten-night South Safari lets you sample the wonders of southern Namibia. This exciting tour takes you to the Kalahari and Namib deserts, the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish river canyon, and to the famous star-shaped dunes at Sossusvlei.

Other highlights include a boat trip to the Halifax islands, home of the Jackass penguins, being pampered at the wellness centre in Luedertiz, viewing the wild desert horses of Namib and climbing the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei.

Both the Namibia South Safari and the Etosha Shuttle Tour can be booked through Onlinetravel.com.

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