From the vast herds of the Serengeti to the lush wetlands of Okavango Delta, Africa offers the most plentiful/diverse array of wildlife of any continent in the world.
Among our favorite safari camps are Tanzania’s Singita, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Sanctuary Kusini; Botswana’s Mombo Camp and Abu Camp in The Okavango; Singitaa and Londolozi in South Africa; Little Kulala in Namibia; with the Royal Livingstone (Victoria Falls) and picturesque Cape Town for post-safari relaxation. For the more fit and adventuresome, we recommend a Rwanda mountain gorilla trek with a stopover at the nice, though Spartan Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Notwithstanding its current political instability, we are big fans of Egyptian history and truly love the many extraordinary ancient historical sites here. Many Egyptologists date ancient Egypt’s history back to 5000 B.C. After reading Stacy Schiff’s compelling biography of Cleopatra, I was struck by the amazing depth of this unique land. Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.) actually lived closer to our current time than when the first pyramid (Cheops) was built in 2650 B.C.—this fully illustrates the breadth and scope of Egyptian history.
One of our favorite activities is a private yacht (dahabreih) cruise down the Nile River. If time is restricted, we also very much enjoy the luxurious 4-night Nile River cruise aboard the Sun Boat IV. Plying the Nile River toward the end of the month on full moon dates is a special experience.
Traveling with your private Egyptologist makes your entire trip so much more educational and culturally engrossing. A very special, though not inexpensive, treat is a private opening of Queen Nefertari’s tomb. Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings and Temple of Luxor are also extraordinary, must-see sites. For a particularly unique shopping experience, a visit to the evening bazaar in Luxor is a must. Back in Cairo, we always love staying at the Four Seasons Nile River Plaza Hotel and shopping at El Khalili Bazaar!
All of us here wish the kind-hearted Egyptian people an expeditious return to stability and prosperity.
The kingdom of Morocco has quickly developed into the new “in” chic destination of North Africa. With a rich native culture and civilization, Morocco boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient Roman city of Volubilis and the Medina of Fez, the most amazing walled city dating back to the 13th Century.
Perhaps our favorite stopover point is the romantic city of Marrakech, beautifully set in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. A stay at nearby Amanjena is a must—a high-touch resort of 32 sunset-red colored private pavilions overlooking the Atlas range and adjacent to nearby Berber villages. A highlight of any Morocco private tour is a Desert Camp/Bivoac tent in Merzouga—a very pampered experience!
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Cairo, Egypt; Lagos, Nigeria; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Johannesburg, South Africa