Take a dhow safari through Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago.Like specks of light dotted along Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coastline, the Quirimbas Archipelago is a trail of pristine white sand islands, charmingly untouched by tourism and perfect for lazy days on a sun-drenched water safari. With your own expert guide, you can sail a Dhow through the impressively clear turquoise waters and explore the islands at your own pace. Staying at the designer Ibo Island Lodge, you’ll have a touch of luxury at the end of each day, too.
See chimpanzees in Tanzania.This is no ordinary safari. Arriving at Greystoke Mahale by water, which has no roads closer than 60kms away, you’ll immediately know why the journey was well worth it. The remote camp is made of picturesque two-storey thatched huts built from old dhow timbers, blending seamlessly into the forest behind, which sits at the foot of the Mahale mountains overlooking the cool waters of Lake Tanganyika. Seeing the chimps in their natural habitat will re-affirm any belief in evolution. You’ll be amazed watching them feed, squabble, groom and forage in an eerily human way.
Live like a castaway on Lake Malawi.Head to the best beach on Lake Malawi, Nkwichi, meaning ‘squeaky sand’, and unwind in amazing stone and timber architecture which will make you feel like you’re on the set of the Flintstones. With a true survivor feel, here you can swing in your hammock guilt-free, knowing that you’re contributing to an award-winning community and conservation project too. Take a dug-out canoe onto the water, which feels more like a sea than a lake, dine on a candlelit table set on the rocks with amazing sunset views and drift off to sleep in your own thatched hut designed around the gnarled, twisting branch of an ancient tree.
See Gorillas in the Congo.Be one of the first to check out the latest luxury safari camp in the Congo, opening next month. Known as the Odzala experience, here you’ll stay in eco-friendly camps in the world’s second largest tropical forest and trek to search for gorillas in the wild. Seeing these huge animals and their piercing eyes is a humbling experience.
Live like a Samburu Warrior.Spend a day or a week living like a Samburu Moran warrior in the bush, learning to survive their way as they transcend into manhood. We recommend cheating a little for comfort at night, staying in a luxury lodge cleverly built into the cliffs and hillside where the rooms have one side open to the stunning valley views below.
Canoe through Zimbabwe.Now returning to the tourist map, Zimbabwe is a truly African country of bustling cities, wide open plains, and lush waterways ideal for a canoe adventure. Get back to nature in the truest sense by camping on the banks of the Zambezi and canoeing through Mana Pools National Park past elephants, hippos and more each day. With nothing between you and a 3 metre high elephant but a small stretch of water and a couple of reeds, you’ll feel a real adrenalin rush.
Camp in the Namib Desert.Easily recognisable by its rich red sand, the Namib Desert is one of the driest, most uninhabitable places on earth. It’s landscapes look like something from Mars, with giant craters and mountainous dunes which are said to ‘sing’ when the wind whistles through between them. Staying in fully furnished camp Serra Cafema, take a carefully guided quad bike excursion through the fragile dunes, take a dip in the inviting swimming pool and soak up the colours of sunset with a cocktail overlooking the rushing Kunene River.