If traveling to Africa is on your bucket list, there is no end to the possibilities when it comes to travel, animals, photography and even breakfast with giraffes. And luxury travel to Africa has never been so easy.
Here are a few options to consider:
Breakfast with giraffes
One of the most unique places to stay in the world, Giraffe Manor in Kenya combines surprising wildlife encounters with a long-term commitment to giraffe conservation. The historic 1930s manor house sits on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest near Nairobi.
Giraffe Manor offers guests a chance to dine while a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat. Giraffes also wander the property while guests watch and photograph their elegance and graceful moves.
Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made Kenya safari.
Gorillas in the mist
Though landlocked, Uganda is defined by water encompassing much of Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga and the waterfalls of the White Nile. With 60 protected areas, including 10 national parks, some are home to mountain gorillas in the lush rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga.
You also can view chimpanzees in Kibale and the Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which also are home to lions, elephants, leopards, hippos and more.
Niarra Travel offers a nine-day trip with a chance to get up close and personal while watching gorillas in their native habitat. You’ll spend a night in Entebbe before an unforgettable meeting with a troop of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s ancient rainforest.
Photographing your dreams
Phil Gould’s Wildlife Dreams offers the chance for bespoke travel itineraries focusing on just what you want to capture on film. With expert knowledge of where and when animals congregate, you are sure to catch just the right shot of that elephant, lion and more. Sometimes, even babies arrive unannounced for a treat.
Gould is the author of 365 Photography Days, documenting his goal of one distinct photo every day for one year. From the African plains to Arizona to Rio de Janeiro, he captured the world and started a trend.
An island eco-boutique retreat
If your idea of travel is taking it easy, Africa still offers incredible options.
For instance, Azura resort, located on Benguerra Island within the Bazaruto National Park in Mozambique, offers miles of pure white sand and serene turquoise seas. You’ll relax with a drink among swaying palms and star-studded nights.
With just 20 villas, each offers stunning views with private pools, butler hosts to look after your every need and fresh fish and seafood cooked exclusively each night. The resort also includes an exclusive spa, watersports and luxury service wherever you turn.