There’s nothing quite like a journey to the incredibly diverse, culturally rich continent of Africa. Africa is home to over 135 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Okavango Delta, iSimangoliso Wetlands, and Victoria Falls. The continent features an incredibly diverse variety of environments, from grassy savannas to lush rainforests, each bursting with wildlife. You can visit bustling cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town and remote villages deep in the Kalahari Desert. Witness ancient tribal rituals and watch the circle of life play out on endless savannahs.

When people think of an African vacation, the first thing they often next think of is “safari”, and for good reason. Africa is where the safari originated, and quickly came to symbolize a focus on observing (and hunting) the abundant wildlife. Today’s modern safaris are strictly about observing and respecting wildlife: roaming herds of elephants, giraffes, hyenas and lions and birds of prey that comprise these incredibly complex ecosystems. Classic safaris are done in vehicle caravans, but now you have the option of observing from the air as well. There’s nothing like passing over a herd of wild animals racing toward the horizon to give a proper perspective of one’s place in the world.

Although Africa’s interior gets most of the attention when it comes to animal watching, its coasts are also home to a huge variety of marine wildlife. Seals and sea lions, turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks and even penguins are waiting to greet you.

Africa offers countless opportunities for unforgettable adventures that will satisfy every traveler’s preferences, from rugged backcountry expeditions to cosmopolitan cities. After your journey you will leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you. The experience stays with you for a lifetime.