Africa Luxury Travel
The wonder that is Africa.
No other continent offers such a diverse range of travel experiences from game watching and wine tasting to touring the Great Pyramids and sailing down the Nile river. Whether you want to shop in the bazaars of the bustling African cities, ride a camel in the African desert, or quietly spy a leopard in the wild, you’ll find the experience you’re looking for on one of our many vacations in Africa. See our Safari Collection.
Africa Travel Destinations
We’re deep under Africa’s spell—we’d love to spend our entire lives exploring its astounding natural beauty and fascinatingly distinct cultures. It’s a hard continent for us to leave, and, in fact, one of our staffers, Daniela Bonanno, didn’t. She fell in love with it so deeply, that she moved to Cape Town to open our Africa office, and has since started one of the happiest families we’ve ever met. If this isn’t a testament to Africa’s magic, we don’t know what is.
1Papaya’s luxury African tours bring you to the most inspiring African travel destinations, such as Namibia’s rolling red deserts, Ethiopia’s cavernous underground churches, Zanzibar’s labyrinth-like streets, and the Serengeti’s endless plains, where you will be filled with childlike wonder as you observe the sheer beauty and power of elephants, lions, and cheetahs. Other companies offer stock African vacation packages, but not us. We create customized African tours full of unique experiences that will leave you just as enthralled with the continent as we are. Our African tours are one-of-a-kind, and they are the best in the industry.
Luxury Africa vacations tend to mean one thing: safari. However, you may not realize that safari destinations are incredibly diverse, as are the types of safaris you can take. We have over a decade of in-depth experience in the luxury travel business in Africa, so we know all the best places for safari, and the most fabulous safari accommodations, which include luxury tented “camps” that provide personal butlers and chefs, and award-winning eco-lodges that tastefully blend in with the breathtaking scenery. We will guide you to the perfect setting for the kind of trip you want to take, such as Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic caldera surrounded by undulating hills, or Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a wetland paradise where most game drives happen on boats.
One of our most popular African travel destinations for safari is the Masai Mara in Kenya, where you’ll observe prides of lions relaxing on the savannah, cheetahs racing after antelopes, and elephants playing at watering holes as crocodiles hover nearby. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet Maasai warriors and learn about their unique culture and tribal history from them firsthand. We can also plan your trip around a particular event, such as the heart-pounding Great Migration, when over a million wildebeest and zebras thunder across East Africa. Whichever one of our African travel destinations you end up visiting, and whenever you decide to go, you can be certain of one thing: on our African tours, you’ll only stay at the lodges that we’ve vetted ourselves (down to the room), meet guides we consider friends, and experience the secrets of this incredible place only we know.
While we love safari, travel to Africa offers so much more than that. Our African travel destinations include vibrant and chic cities such as Cape Town and Marrakech, and utterly idyllic islands such as Mozambique and Madagascar. There are also endless opportunities for thrilling cultural experiences. An African vacation would be well spent in Benin, where you can learn about Voodoo, a religion that’s far more complex than Hollywood would have you think, and explore the dark history of the slave trade. Mali is another fantastic choice; you can visit the mythical desert city of Timbuktu, Djenne’s grand mud brick mosque, and, as one of Mali’s main draws is its joyous, intoxicating music, take in countless concerts and dance performances.
We’re crazy about these African travel destinations and so many more, and our deep love and knowledge of the continent means that with us, you’ll experience Africa intimately. While our main office is brimming with travel experts who can arrange African tours, our Cape Town staff ensures we’re always at the forefront of African travel. What does this mean for you? It means that on our African tours, the guides we put you in touch with are our friends, that we visit and vet every lodge before we recommend it, and that yes, we can get you a reservation at that restaurant with a three-month waiting list.