Africa is a place that makes you feel alive as soon as you arrive. Once you’re bitten by the Africa travel bug, you’ll never get over it.

First-timers to Africa will go expecting to see the amazing animals roaming the plains they’ve only dreamed of encountering, but they’ll soon realise there’s so much more to this enchanting place.

More than just the incredible animals, the people, the huge mix of cultures, the food and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences are what makes Africa so special.

It’s an enormous continent made up of 54 counties with their own unique customs, culture, heritage and attractions, each offering their own experiences.

One place that should be on over-60’s radars is South Africa’s Cape Town. It will give travellers a taste of Africa in many different respects from the safari tours to cooking classes, deep sea fishing, whale watching, museums, art museums and humanitarian projects.

A scenic rail journey is a great way to travel from place to place as the wildlife, landscapes and trees you’ll see along the way will likely be far from what you’re used to seeing at home.

If you’re looking for a hidden gem, Zanzibar is the place to go – the people are incredibly friendly, the beaches are enviable, there’s wildlife, culture and amazing food full of spice.

There are plenty of places you can encounter wildlife in settings other than safaris, too, and while you’re in Zanzibar head to the elephant café.

Travellers can interact with elephants while dining al fresco on a wooden deck along the Zambezi river. It’s just 20 minutes by boat from Victoria Falls and after you’re finished, head down the Okavango Delta and spend a couple of nights on the river to see the hippos up close and personal.

There are so many opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime here.

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.
Ernest Hemingway
When to Visit
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In general, May through to August is a great time to visit Africa as this is the winter season and the animals are out longer during the day. It’s also the dry season, which means they come out to drink in big numbers and congregate at waterholes. Trees have usually thinned out a bit in this... view

Travel Cost
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Despite the fact Africa has a generally low cost of living, travel in Africa can be more expensive than you anticipate. If you’re travelling to places off the beaten track, you may find accommodations are overpriced for their quality. If you are travelling on a budget, be aware that safaris are... view