Travelling to Africa is a magical experience and should be on everyone's wish-list! This vast and hugely diverse continent offers stunning scenery, fascinating culture as well as extraordinary wildlife. Africa really does have some of the most amazing travel experiences that anyone could wish for. As you can imagine it is far too difficult to list the entire region and so the below is simply a taster of the itineraries we have tailor-made for our clients in the past and those that make a great suggestion for travellers thinking of visiting for the first time. Needless to say, we can recommend many more possibilities outside of these suggestions to include the splendour of Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania. With your request, we would be only too happy to wow you with our knowledge and expertise.
First up, Cape Town which is known as one of the most beautiful Cities in the world. Situated at the base of one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain, it is the capital city of the western cape. Cape Town is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city and it really does have it all from history & natural beauty, to some of the finest cuisine. In and around Cape Town there are many different areas to visit that offer diversity. From Camps Bay which has the best beaches and the impressive back drop of the 12 Apostles, to the V & A waterfront which is fast becoming ‘the' place to visit with luxury hotels, award winning restaurants, great bars and a wide selection of shops. We'd highly recommend the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for its un-spoilt views of the city and ocean beyond. For those who like a challenge, it is also possible to hike to the top! A short journey from the city and a must-see for all, is the fabulous winelands area and our personal favourite has to be Franschhoek. This small town has a wide range of wonderful boutique B&B's, superb restaurants and many vineyards for incredible wine tasting.
Leaving Cape Town we'd recommend the Garden Route which is a magnificent driving experience that covers Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and is legendary for its awesome natural beauty. Journey across spectacular mountain passes and along pristine coastline all the time seeing and experiencing something new and exciting. Highlights of the area include Knysna Lagoon, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River Gorge and further inland the big Cango Caves and Ostrich farms around Oudtshoorn are also well worth a visit.
We believe that no trip to Africa would be complete without going on Safari and even here there are choices a plenty. From the intensely wild where the Big Five roam freely to the more adventurous off-road experiences in the smaller, private reserves. At Thames Travel we have had the pleasure in organising a wide range of spectacular safari's be it for a romantic honeymoon, first-time family experience to those that are repeat visitors to the region and want to try something new. We have first-hand experience, we work with specialist companies and we are very passionate about Africa.