Curiosity about our simian ancestors is written into our psyche. Seek out some of the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas and their primate cousins in Rwanda - the Land of a Thousand Hills and safari’s new frontier.
In the mighty land-locked landscapes of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, you’ll find true wilderness. From the elephant herds that roam free towards a never-ending horizon to a jaw-dropping waterfall that dwarfs Niagara, this is Africa at its most awe-inspiring.
As Rudyard Kipling wrote: “One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” Nothing on earth compares to watching The Great Migration in action, in the lands where nomadic tribes track the Big Five in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.
Got a little animal lover or climate warrior in the family? Take them to the Galapagos Islands where they can get acquainted with over 2000 endemic species. Natural history lessons have never been more fun.
“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, well knew the intense exhilaration of watching wild animals at close quarters. Watching the greatest wildlife show on earth in the immense savannahs of Tanzania and Kenya, you’ll be transported back to primeval times.
There aren’t many cities in the world where you can combine surfing, wine-tasting, wildlife-spotting, boundary-pushing dining, and kayaking with a backdrop of skyscrapers, all in the space of 24 hours. No wonder Sydney is consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Christmas in Cape Town is the season for picnics in the botanical gardens, surfing and sundowners on the beach, alfresco barbeques on balmy evenings. Special celebrations call for special settings, like the refined estates of the Cape Winelands or a bush braai in Kruger National Park. In South Africa, the options are endless.