12 Incredible Africa Trips

Have the pyramids of Egypt all to yourself and tiptoe around chimps in Tanzania with these lightning round of trips across Africa.

1. Set sail on an Arabian dhow and cruise the cyan-blue waters off Mozambique’s Ibo Island. 

Cruise in a Dhow in Mozambique. Image by EcoPic

Cruise in a Dhow in Mozambique. Image by EcoPic

2. Have the pyramids (almost) all to yourself and see them like the Victorians did, thanks to a shortage of tourists. Ker & Downey can make it happen.

Explore the pyramids of Egypt. Image from Getty

Explore the pyramids of Egypt. Image from Getty

3. Go minimalist and sleep on a bedroll under a desert sky in the Kalahari, traveling with A-lister guide and Botswana native Ralph Bousfield.

Sleep under the stars in the Kalahari. Image from Getty.

Sleep under the stars in the Kalahari. Image from Getty.

4. Take a helicopter to drop in on Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression. Its glowing lava lake and sulphuric-yellow salt flats make for some of the weirdest landscapes on earth. Abercrombie & Kent can pull it off for you.

Explore Ethiopia's Danakil Depression by helicopter. Image by Ariadne Van Zandbergen.

Explore Ethiopia's Danakil Depression by helicopter. Image by Ariadne Van Zandbergen.

5. Tiptoe around chimps whose ancestors were brought from Europe in the 1960s to Rubondo Island in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. It’s all part of Asilia’s new rehabituation program.

Tiptoe around Chimps in Tanzania. Image from Getty.

Tiptoe around Chimps in Tanzania. Image from Getty.

6. It’s thunderstorms as theater at Wild Waters Lodge, which occupies its own island in the rapids of the Ugandan Nile.

Go white river rafting down the rapids of the Ugandan Nile. Image by Itanda.

Go white river rafting down the rapids of the Ugandan Nile. Image by Itanda.

7. Road-trip through southern Morocco’s palm oases and red dunes on the scenically rugged Route du Sud, ending at the chic 19th-century casbah hotel Dar Ahlam.

Road-trip through Southern Morocco red dunes. Image from Getty.

Road-trip through Southern Morocco red dunes. Image from Getty.

8. Track tiny elephants through the forest of the Central African Republic alongside the native Bayaka people and Cherri Briggs of Explore, Inc

Track tiny elephants in Central African Republic. Image from Getty.

Track tiny elephants in Central African Republic. Image from Getty.

9. Fly an old-school Cessna 210 up Namibia’s Skeleton Coast with boundary-pushing bush pilots, the Schoeman brothers.

Tour the Namibian Skeleton Coast from above with the Schoeman brothers. Image from Getty.

Tour the Namibian Skeleton Coast from above with the Schoeman brothers. Image from Getty.

10. Have $116,500? Hit six countries in 19 days between East and Southern Africa on andBeyond’s new private jet tour.

See six countries in 19 days with andBeyond's new private jet tours. Image from Getty.

See six countries in 19 days with andBeyond's new private jet tours. Image from Getty.

11. Drop in on Accra’s booming art scene in the galleries around Stanbic Heights, then shop for silver and bull-horn bracelets and Adinkra fabrics.

Shop for beautiful Adinkra fabrics in Accra. Image from Getty.

Shop for beautiful Adinkra fabrics in Accra. Image from Getty.

12.  Do après safari at the new art-filled hotel One Forty Eight in Nairobi, opened by fashion fixture Anna Trzebinski. 

Go on safari in Nairobi. Image from One Forty Eight

Go on safari in Nairobi. Image from One Forty Eight

Original article published by Conde Nast Traveler. Written by CNT Editors.