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Africa is one of the least visited continents on the planet. Visitors tend to have many preconceptions about Africa and very limited actual knowledge. Africa as a continent has a tremendous amount of diversity. There are vast deserts in the north, grasslands in central Africa and lots of wild animals. There are numerous indigenous African tribes. Most visitors to Africa would expect that.

However, Africa is so much more than stereotypes and generalizations. There are amazing beaches on the northern and eastern coasts. There is skiing in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Many people forget that Egypt and the great Egyptian dynasties were African (the Nile connects the Mediterranean with the indigenous tribes of the interior). The cradle of civilization started in Africa. One of the world’s greatest wine producing regions is in Africa. And then there are the people, with their infectious smiles. Africa is richly complex and deeply rewarding travel destination. Here are some of our favorite African experiences.

Defining Humanity at the Cradle of Humankind

The Path to Humanity at the Maropeng Visitors Center in the Cradle of Humankind.

The blackness swallowed us as we descended down into the earth. We carried lights, but the darkness encroached on us from all sides. The gentle scuffling of feet on the gravel, an occasional soft trickle of water in the abyss and our own breathing were the only sounds. This is the Sterkfontein Cave inside the

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Exploring the Top Cape Town Attractions

The view from Table Mountain - one of the top things to do in Cape Town. This is one of the Cape Town Big 6 attractions.

Cape Town is a modern, worldly city with an appeal that keeps visitors coming back again and again. While there are many Cape Town attractions to fill your days, it’s also a great city for just living in the moment. There are so many great things to do in Cape Town that you could easily

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Finding Sanctuary During a Storm at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

An unusual double rainbow over Walker Bay as viewed from the Grootbos Garden Lodge.

South Africa’s southern coast is a wind battered land. Low, scrubby bushes (fynboos) with small leaves dot the coastal land of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Hearty milkwood trees, some growing for over 1,000 years, provide isolated cover. From a distance, this is a barren land. But up close, the hillsides are exploding with plant

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Exploring the Tempting South Africa Wine Region

Traditional colonial Dutch architecture at the Morgenhof Estate winery on the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

South African wines leave some people salivating and some scratching their heads. For years, South African wine was essentially limited to the domestic market due to international boycotts. Those days are long gone. Now, oenophiles far and wide are recognizing the superiority of wines from the Rainbow Nation – exciting things are happening in the

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The Rugged Beauty of the Cape Point Route

The rocky coastline of the Cape of Good Hope

One of the great day trips from Cape Town, South Africa is the magnificent Cape Point Route. This is also one of the most remarkable drives anywhere in the world and features steep cliffs, stunning vistas and plenty of sightseeing opportunities!

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Victoria Falls is Gorges (and Wet)!

Approaching The Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia side. The Zambezi River plunges over a rock ledge into the gorge below.

The roar was deafening – and we were still almost a half mile away from the falls. In the local language, they are called Mosi-oa-Tunya or “smoke that thunders” – which is a pretty accurate description of the Victoria Falls Livingstone side!

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