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Awe-inspring Wild Kingdom and Vibrant Cultures

Africa is hauntingly beautiful continent with an incredible diversity of wildlife, fascinating cultures and geological wonders. And for most adventuresome retirees, an African safari is their top choice to experience, along with sampling the rich tapestry of tribal culture and customs. Africa offers an abundance of remarkable destinations from the colorful markets of Morocco to the thrilling wildlife encounters in South Africa, the ancient wonders of Egypt, and the untamed wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania, Africa will be an unforgettable experience you'll cherish for a lifetime.

Safari Adventures

Safari vehicle pausing by Giraffe
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An African safari is a dream come true for many retirees, offering a truly immersive and awe-inspiring experience. It's a chance to witness the untamed beauty of Africa's wildlife in their natural habitats and create unforgettable memories. Retirees appreciate the tranquility and serenity that comes with exploring vast savannahs and game reserves, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Some safari options afford the opportunity to stay in luxurious tented camps that blend comfort and authenticity. These camps provide a unique and intimate experience, with spacious accommodations, cozy beds, and private en-suite bathrooms.

Kenya: The Wildlife Haven

Mount Killimanjaro in Morning light, Amboseli, Kenya
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Experience the untamed allure of Kenya, a realm characterized by vast savannahs, flourishing wildlife, and captivating tribal traditions. Experience an unforgettable safari adventure and indulge in glamping in the wilderness. Engage in exhilarating game drives across the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where the grandeur of the Great Wildebeest Migration plays out against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes.
The Great Migration typically occurs between July to September, when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate across the reserve. Immerse yourself in the vibrant customs of the Maasai tribes, uncover the ethereal beauty of Lake Nakuru, and find serenity on the pristine shores of Mombasa's beaches. Moreover, Kenya's riches extend beyond the savannahs — venture to Mount Kilimanjaro's towering heights for an awe-inspiring trek, or traverse Amboseli National Park to witness its majestic elephants against the backdrop of the mountain's snowy crown. Kenya promises an unparalleled safari experience, where the symphony of wildlife and the whispers of ancient cultures converge to leave you spellbound.

Egypt: Timeless Treasures of the Pharaohs

The sphinx and pyramids in Egypt
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Egypt is a member of the African Union and the United Nations, and it is considered to be part of the African continent for geographical, political, and cultural reasons. Step back in time and explore the ancient wonders of Egypt, a land steeped in mystery and awe-inspiring monuments. Marvel at the iconic pyramids of Giza, cruise along the Nile River, and uncover the secrets of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Morocco: Exotic Moorish Opulence, Islamic Influences

Ait Benhaddou buildings in Morocco
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Immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of Morocco, where ancient traditions blend harmoniously with vibrant markets and breathtaking landscapes. Explore the bustling streets of Marrakech, and marvel at the intricate geometric tilework known as zellige, adorning buildings, fountains, and palaces, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship inherent in Moroccan design.

South Africa: A Kaleidoscope of Natural Splendor

Clifton Beach, Capetown, South Africa
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Embark on an adventure through the diverse wonders of South Africa, where breathtaking landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and rich history converge. Explore the vibrant city of Cape Town, with its iconic Table Mountain and picturesque coastline. Embark on a thrilling safari in Kruger National Park, home to the iconic Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and African buffalo.

Experience the enchanting beauty of the Cape Winelands and indulge in world-class wines and cuisine.

Tanzania: Serenity and Spectacle

Mt. kilimanjaro elephant herd, Tanzania, Kenya
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Experience the untamed wilderness and breathtaking beauty of Tanzania, home to iconic landmarks such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park. Witness the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the vast plains. Discover the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Swahili coast.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Africa can vary depending on the specific country, altitude and region. Note that some areas only have two seasons, while South Africa has four seasons. Generally, the dry season is ideal as it offers better wildlife sightings as there and more comfortable weather conditions. In East Africa, such as Kenya and Tanzania, the dry season runs from June to October. Southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, experiences its dry season from May to October. It's important to research and consider the specific destinations and their seasonal patterns to choose the ideal time for your visit.

Travel Planning Tips

Regional Culture: There are many cultures on the African continent which vary by region. For more indepth information, visit our Regional Cultures of Africa page.


  • Trains: Europe boasts an extensive and efficient train network, making it an ideal mode of transportation for exploring multiple countries and cities.
  • Local Public Transportation: Many European cities have well-developed public transportation systems, including buses, trams, and metros, which are convenient for getting around within urban areas.
  • Walking: Europe's charming cities and towns are often best explored on foot, allowing you to soak in the local atmosphere and discover hidden gems.

Safety Tips:

  • Research the specific health risks of the regions you'll be visiting in Africa.
  • Consult with a travel health clinic or your healthcare provider to get necessary vaccinations and medications that are recommended when travelling to Africa.
  • Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes, especially during the evening when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net, preferably one treated with insecticide.
  • Drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Stay hydrated by drinking bottled or purified water throughout the day.
  • Use bottled water for brushing your teeth.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you for situations where clean water and soap are not available.
  • Eat only thoroughly cooked and hot foods.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked seafood, meat, and dairy products.
  • Be cautious with street food vendors and choose places with high customer turnover and good hygiene practices.
  • Carry a basic medical kit with essentials like pain relievers, bandages, antiseptic, and any personal medications.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Seek shade during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Be cautious of pickpocketing in crowded tourist areas. Keep your belongings secure and consider using a money belt or a secure bag to carry your valuables.
  • Be wary of anyone that tries to distract you or offer to help you such as assisting you putting your luggage on a train.
  • Stay vigilant on public transportation, especially in busy metro systems and train stations.
  • Research and familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and the nearest embassy or consulate in case of any emergencies.
  • Use reliable transportation options and avoid travel at night.
  • Travel Advisories Stay updated on current events, local regulations, and any travel advisories when traveling abroad. Visit the US Government State Department Travel Advisories web site to check on the status of your destination.
  • Enroll in the STEP Program: Travelers are also urged to enroll in the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate them in an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.

Giraffees Giraffees and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya.
Photo by Byrdyak

zebras Photo by Hendrik Cornelissen

elephant at river edge Photo by Roger Brown

Lion roaring Photo by Charl Durand
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