Kirsty’s Top 7 Luxury African Vacations and Destinations She’s Sending Guests To Right Now.
Published: 1 August 2021
Kirsty Gordon, our CEO & Founder, is a mover-and-shaker, lives for adventure, a woman devoted to curating luxury African safaris, and a family-first kinda gal. That’s why she’ll never send you to an African destination that she wouldn’t feel comfortable sending a loved one to - especially during these Covid times.
Consider yourself part of the Anywhere in Africa Safaris family - yes, the surname is long, but the legacy you will leave in Africa is far greater. Here’s where Kirsty could be sending you for a holiday of a luxury African vacation of a lifetime now - as in July-August-of-2021-now!
Botswana, Southern Africa
Home to the world’s largest concentration of African elephants, with the famed Chobe National Park taking pole position, it’s no surprise then that Botswana is a safari lover’s bucket list wonder. This land-locked country boasts a landscape that’s anything but boring, with the Kalahari Desert juxtaposed against the lush, green Okavango Delta, where you can do both water- and land-based game viewing. The Okavango Delta promises a truly unique safari compared to other African countries. We cannot talk about this nation without mentioning the warm-hearted locals who make this one of the best places for African safaris.
Lastly, it’s home to Elephant Havens, where orphaned elephants and local communities benefit from your tailored holidays booked through Anywhere in Africa Safaris. For every booking we get, a portion of the profit gets donated to Elephant Havens, so if you’re needing a reason to go to Africa, think about these orphans you’re helping. Or, even better, ask Kirsty to arrange a visit to see the good work this organisation is doing in rehabilitating these giants to be released back into the wild as nature intended.
Zimbabwe, Southern Africa
Yes, in most instances, one associates the word ‘Zimbabwe’ with news headlines screaming high inflation, a fallen dictator, and unemployment. While we’re not here to say that this isn’t true, we know that there’s so much good going on behind the scenes that needs to be mentioned. There’s also places that simply need to be visited, with the towering Victoria Falls - or ‘place that thunders’ as locals call it - and national parks left untouched, and preserved ruins of great historical value.
Imagine a private houseboat on Lake Kariba - the world’s largest artificial water body (there’s nothing artificial about its beauty), or a Zambezi River island stay with river cruises and game drives. The Big 5, birding, and hospitality in this region is truly spectacular, more than worthy of a place on your bucket list. We also cannot write this and not mention a visit to Hwange National Park, the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe, or the spectacular Mana Pools where elephants, hippos, and Nile crocodiles congregate at sunrise in the Long Pool. Zimbabwe is so much more than what many think.
Tanzania & Zanzibar, East Africa
Tanzania offers uber-luxurious African safaris, but it’s also the place for avid safari-goers searching for authentic bush experiences without the frills of Egyptian cotton linen. Its vast lands offer huge protected national parks for wildlife, peaceful lakes, forests in the Highlands, and the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro. It is also home to Lake Manyara, the lake Ernest Hemingway professed as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa.” This is also the country where the ground-shaking Great Migration (the largest natural migration of animals on earth) takes place from the end of May before moving northwards to Kenya over the following months.
This is a country where you can go on safari and get the dust to prove it, but then wash everything off with an exotic holiday off the mainland on the island of Zanzibar. It’s a magical destination in the middle of the Indian Ocean with azure waters, cocktails, traditional dhows in the distance, and everything one would expect from an island getaway.
Kenya, East Africa
Imagine sipping on your morning cuppa or freshly squeezed orange juice with a Rothschild giraffe poking its head through a 1930s bay window at your table, and eavesdropping on your morning conversations. Welcome to Giraffe Manor, on the outskirts of Nairobi - a manor house you can stay at before heading out on a luxury African safari in the Maasai Mara National Park, or one of the other reserves like Amboseli, Laikipia, Samburu, to name a few.
Like Tanzania, Kenya also has ‘escapes’ or breaks from your traditional safari, with an incredible coastline with activities like deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and also just sipping cold ones on the beach for those in search of relaxation and vitamin D. There’s a reason Kenya is so popular, and it’s high time you find out why for yourself.
Rwanda, East Africa
If you had to ask Kirsty which African country is her absolute favorite, she’d firstly respond with a resounding, “all of them,” followed by, “but Rwanda is where I’d always return.” Its exceptional beauty, astounding transformation, and gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe Forest make this a country you simply have to visit - no excuses accepted.
This friendly and safe destination reflects the resilience of its people. It’s a destination for luxury yet enriching safaris you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Fly directly into Kigali, where you can visit the Genocide Museum and see firsthand why this is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and also one of Africa’s cleanest cities - if not the cleanest Kirsty has ever set foot in Africa!
Uganda, East Africa
Uganda, or the ‘pearl of Africa’ as Winston Churchill called it after a safari in 1907, is a nation abundant in color, serene beauty, and rich biodiversity. It’s also still relatively untouched by hordes of tourists and offers authentic safaris. This country has everything from idyllic lakeshores, pristine wildlife, and even snow-capped mountains known as the Rwenzori Mountains.
It is also home to the remote yet internationally known - and loved - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where the renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary is based. If you’re more into birding, photographic safaris, and wildlife, Uganda has the Murchison Falls National Park with its 43-metre tall waterfall, as well as Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, Winelands, and Garden Route are on everyone’s ‘must-see lists.’ While Kirsty can arrange the best accommodation and experiences, she also has on-the-ground, local knowledge and can recommend other places to explore that best showcase the vibrant rainbow nation.
Think along the lines of hiking in the Cederberg, whale watching by boat off Hermanus, luxury private game lodges in relatively undiscovered parks like Hluhluwe iMfolozi, iSimangaliso Wetlands, or some of the ones along the Garden Route such as Shamwari or Gondwana. Kirsty’s local knowledge also extends to the best advice on what is really going on in the country. She can answer all your questions like, what each covid lockdown level means, or the latest entry requirements needed with regards to PCR tests and documentation. So before turning to Google or the news, contact Anywhere in Africa Safaris for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Experience a luxury African safari created by Anywhere in Africa Safaris, the MEA Business Awards’, “Best Bespoke Safari Tour Operator in Africa for 2020.” Contact Kirsty Gordon, and let’s start planning your African safari for travel now, next year, or in ten years time.