For many visitors, Africa means one thing – safari – and the pursuit of iconic wildlife encounters can easily become a lifelong passion. But there’s far more to the continent than the nature documentary view, and different African regions have their own particular appeal...
If you’ve got time on your hands, you can’t beat a top-to-bottom odyssey. Cairo to Cape Town is the classic overlanding route, which takes about twenty weeks, but there are all sorts of variations.
A month allows you to get a feel for the African way of life, and explore two or three countries – perhaps combine some wildlife viewing with trekking and coastal downtime. If time is really tight, focus your sights on one destination and don’t try to pack too much in: weather conditions, accessibility and laid-back attitudes can play havoc with gruelling schedules.
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