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About Africa Holidays - What’s the quickest way to see giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals? Simple, by visiting the alluring land of Africa. To help you make amazing memories, Thomas Cook India’s Africa holiday packages will take you on a journey so that you immerse into the very fabric of this mesmerising continent of Africa. You have the liberty to choose from a plethora of Africa tour packages starting from a small trip of 4 nights and 5 days to a long vacation of 15 nights and 16 days. Thomas Cook India has Africa holidays starting from budget friendly INR 61,033 to an extravagant INR 3,01,550. All you must do is choose an Africa tour package on the Thomas Cook India website and only worry about packing. Thomas Cook India takes away the hassle of planning and organising a vacation to the Africa by letting you customize every aspect of your once in a lifetime Africa trip to ensure it is as memorable as can be.
Thomas Cook India’s Africa tours are carefully crafted by travel experts who are passionate travelers themselves. This way, you can have an amazing experience in a unique way according to your requirements which is perfectly curated by Thomas Cook India. From comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and a range of services to keep you comfy on your Africa tour, all your needs will be taken care of.
With Africa holiday packages available from Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and other major cities, getting to Africa with Thomas Cook India is convenient and comfortable
Situated at the centre of the world map, the African continent is a cosmos of its own.
This sweep of land subsumes 54 nations and each of them has a profoundly rich history. The presence of large diversities in ethnicities, striking cultures and instinctive beauty has made Africa is one of the major tourist spots in the world. Different countries in Africa have their own distant art, civilization and aesthetics which makes this abstinent a provocative one to explore. From north to south, Africa has vivid dazzling lineaments which one can treasure trove. Africa and Animal Safari are like synonyms, one can experience the essence of natural wildlife in them natural habitat far from the caged world of zoos. Various Bird Sanctuaries are also nestled in Africa which clearly depicts the extent of the natural beauty here. Rich culture and history canbe savoir-faire from the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt which has mesmerised the world by it wizardry for thousands of years. Also, the Blue city of Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest places in Morocco. And last but not the least, the Sahara Desert, where one can stargaze in the midst of sand dunes. All of these are the bucket list destinations for tourists from around the world.
Best Time to Visit Africa
The best time to visit Africa depends essentially on the country you are planning to holiday in. As we know that the African continent comprises many different countries, the climate varies significantly across Africa. For example, if you are planning to visit Morocco, then the months of April, May, October and November can be considered as the best time to relish the complacent and pleasant climate. Climatic conditions in the rest of the months in Morocco are quite unpredictable.
South Africa can be visited all-round the year, but the most recommended time is during the spring season, which crops up in the months from August to October. This is advised so that one can enjoy the safaris to the fullest. Festive times of Christmas and Easter are also quite exciting in South Africa. The flora of Tanzania and Zimbabwe can be cherished during the months between January to May. Although you can enjoy the magnificent beaches of Mauritius throughout the year, but it is recommended to visit this place during the months from September to January to avoid heavy rainstorms.
Go for a safari during the dry season for two main reasons - Firstly to avoid flash floods and other natural calamities during the monsoon and secondly during the dry season, the animals tend to migrate towards water bodies. Hence providing you an opportunity to witness the wildlife in Africa.
How to Reach Africa
One can travel to any country of the African continent with ease. This is made possible by Thomas Cook India’s Africa tours. Africa is well connected to all the major parts of the world. In India, you can board a flight from all the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Cochin and Trivandrum. These cities are well connected to the other domestic destinations. So, all one must do is choose the airlines according to your preference and fly to this beautiful land that has limitless culture, history, art, ethnicities and aesthetics.
Places to visit in Africa
Land of pyramids. Land of gold. Land of desert. Egypt is an enchanting land of Africa placed in the North-east of the continent. Egypt is so much more than pyramids, mummies and sand. There is the beautiful city of Cairo, the great river Nile, marvelous temples and mosques, iconic historical sites, lively beaches and exotic wildlife that makes this country so wonderful. Egypt has been influenced by the west and east as has been the centre of trade and a bridge between the two sides. A destination placed in a beautiful location, blessed with a rich history, warm people and diverse cultures, Egypt is an emotion. Alluring Arabian towns, mouthwatering delicacies, aromatic spice souks and a fascinating wildlife habitat adds to this beautiful country of Egypt.
Morocco is like a lovely painting on a canvas. Sprawling deserts, ancient cities, rich culture, scrumptious delicacies and warm people characterise Morocco. This country is blessed with some breathtaking views and beautiful houses that will make you fall in love with it. With dazzling nightlife scenes and an endless number of shopping centers, this place will fill you up with amazing experiences you will cherish for lifetime. Pretty and lovely streets with colourful elegant houses add up to the beauty of this place. The charming places, culture and lifestyle of Morocco is worth exploring.
Odzala National Park
Odzala National park is in the north of the Republic of the Congo. This Park is massive and is nestled deep in Africa's equatorial forest. Odzala is the second largest forest after Amazon. Home to the greatest number of mammals, primates, birds, amphibians, fish and swallowtail butterflies in Africa. Twelve species of Gorillas are extensively found here. But, Odzala is not only about Gorillas. Don’t be surprised if you come across forest elephants, forest buffaloes, hippopotamus, dwarf crocodiles, monkeys, forest ducks and around 450 species of birds. Absolute serenity, exotic animals and pristine forests fill up this alluring National Park. You can go on a Gorilla trek and can witness a close encounter with these beautiful and smart creatures.
The Loango Park
This wildlife destination is a paradise for nature lovers and thrill seekers. Loango is known as ‘Africa’s last Eden’. Here, calm streams move through green forests and lush meadows, while islands and soft sandy beaches provide home for exotic wildlife. This place is best known for its dark coloured hippos, lazing in the waters. You will be surprised to find an extensive number and variety of whales and dolphins, elephants walking around the beaches, large species of gorillas in the woodlands and some rare wildlife frolicking in the savanna.
If you wish to get your adrenaline pumping and want to indulge in some thrilling activities, you cannot miss visiting this place on your Africa holiday. Victoria Falls straddles the Zimbabwe-Zambia border and is an activity hub. Test your courage rafting the wild river run or simply fling yourself off a bridge connected to a bungee cord. Witness the beauty of this natural wonder by visiting both sides of the fall which will leave you mesmerised. This alluring site is a fusion of nature and activity which will fill you up with amazing experiences. You can go canoeing or set a camp and witness the beauty moon sparkle right above the fall.
Thamugas, now known as Timgad, was a Roman colonial town in North Africa. It is an epitome of the Roman architecture and designs. Nothing can be more alluring than the glory of Timgad. Timgad is an old Roman town that is frozen in time and beautifully preserved. Misleading entrance, a timberline, a small dreary town and a car park add up to this astonishing town. Visiting Timgad, you will come across a 12-metre-high arch which is known as Trajan’s arch, a 3,500-seater theatre, a library and the Capitoline temple. This place gives a glimpse of Roman era and history through its walls and pillars.
Kenya is a country where all your wishes will come true. From beaches to mountains, shopping to adventure sports, wildlife to river valleys, you name it and it's there. Nestled in the Eastern region of Africa, this place is a must visit during your holiday in Africa. Amazing sites like the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and a dazzling nightlife can be experienced in this country. Apart from that, shopaholics will be totally satisfied by African jewellery, souvenirs, trinkets, artwork and clothes at the astonishing Maasai markets. Freshly prepared palm wine and local cuisines are a must try in Kenya. Warm and welcoming people add on to the beautiful experience this place has to offer.
You know well enough about this exquisite Island of Madagascar if you have seen the famous Hollywood movie. This land is a nirvana known for its exotic wildlife, flawless coastline and enormous landscapes. Nestled amidst the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it is a destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies. Well known for its vanilla farming, towering baobab trees and small furry lemurs, this Island throws admirable surprises your way. Experience the wild and stumble upon great adventures at this paradise during your trip to Africa.
From the desert land of the North to the alluring coasts of South Africa, each region dishes up a delicacy of their own which are bound to give you a delectable experience. Here are different ailments one should not miss when in Africa.
This is a luscious esculent of smoky grilled chicken which is cooked with pepper, garlic, coconut milk, piri sauce and lime. It tastes best when served with vatapa, which is the traditional sauce made of cassava leaves, cooked in peanut sauce. This scrumptious delicacy is a part of the Mozambique region of Africa
Jollof Rice and Egusi Soup
One of the major sins you can commit in Nigeria is not enjoying the highly pleasing feast called Jollof Rice. It is called as the National favourite dish of Nigeria, and is also, quite famous across the west of Africa. It is a basic yet appetizing one pot dish whichconsists of rice, tomatoes, onions and pepper. It can be savoured well with Egusi Soup asit is traditionally served in African festive gatherings.
Brought to South Africa by the Indian labourers who visited this land to work on sugar-cane fields, this is one of the most prominent street foods of South Africa. It is a quarter loaf of bread which is hollowed out and filled with sizzling hot curry. It is available in all the major cities of South Africa, but it is said that the best ones are found in Durban.
Pose with the Pyramids in Egypt
When it comes to Egypt, how can anyone miss visiting the Pyramids? Explore one of the oldest and largest manmade structures - The Pyramids of Giza. Indulge in a camel ride and get the opportunity to adore the inner parts of the Pyramids. Pose with the mummies and add memories to your African holiday album. Head to the ancient temple of Abu Simbel and soak in the beauty of its beautiful sculptures and statues. Feel like Alice in wonderland at the White Desert National Park. Witness the orangey-pink hues of the sculptures during dusk and dawn at this mesmerising Park.
Soak in the culture of Morocco
Explore the beautiful city of Casablanca and take blessings at the Hassan Mosque. Shop some local pots and goods at the Quartier Habous and treat your taste buds at the local tavernas by indulging in exotic delicacies. Soak in the culture of medina in Fez and walk down the history lane of this marvel through these paintings and art. Witness the city’s blooming art scene and visit some gorgeous galleries where different Moroccan artists display their amazing work. Walk through the streets of Morocco and witness the beautiful architecture and structures. Take a stroll through the blue village of Chefchaouen and visit the Spanish Mosque to add onto the memories during your trip to Africa. Splurge at the colourful and lively souk markets of Morocco and take home some good quality leather products, the magical potion named Argan oil, beautifully decorated lanterns and pots, the traditional outfit - Djellabas and hand-woven rugs and carpets.
Encounter big cats in Kenya
Get the opportunity to come across African lions, cheetahs and leopards at Masai Mara. Witness awe-inspiring sights of exotic long necked Giraffes feeding on grass at this beautiful location. Spot African elephants, Cape buffaloes, white and black rhinos at this marvelous reserve. Witness the migration of zebras, gazelle and elands in person and take in the ravishing views. Visit lake Nakuru and lake Bogoria and experience flamboyant crowds of pink Flamingos and click some amazing selfies with these pretty birds. Know more about the past of Kenya by visiting the cultural sites like National Museums of Kenya, town of Gedi and Swahili town. Spend your evening dancing with the locals in fancy pubs or hike along tall mountains. Go on a retail therapy at the Maasai markets and shop for some amazing souvenirs, trinkets, clothes, African jewellery, paintings, handicrafts and rugs. Sip on some freshly prepared palm wine in the local villages or bars in Kenya.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
If you haven’t soaked in the views of Mount Kilimanjaro, then what have you done on your trip to Africa? Feed your inner adventure junkie by climbing the gigantic Kilimanjaro mountain. Standing alone, towering the rest, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa. Climbing the mountain is like walking towards serenity and tranquility. Once you reach the top of this beautiful mountain, you will witness an island setting. It’s like a sky island. On the top of the mountain, you will find unique forms of life such as the extraordinary Kilimanjaro tree and delicate elephant flowers. All you will want to do is breathe in the fresh air and experience the most beautiful night sky, being on the top of the world.
Sip on some South African wines
Who doesn’t love to sip on some delicious, aromatic wine? South Africa keeps alive the legacy of making some amazing wine combining wild herbs, robust fruit, aromatic spices and a sense of freshness in their wines. It's like pleasure drinking some fine wine, right? With a large variety of whites and reds to choose from, wine lovers are in for a ride. And oh, what could be better than walking around the wineries and taking in the flavour in every breath? Chilling by an awe-inspiring view of the flora and fauna, eating some scrumptious delicacies along with a tall glass of wine makes a perfect day one must spend during their trip to Africa.
Get adventurous at the Cape of Good Hope
If you wish to start driving on the beautiful winding roads or exploring the alluring paths of Cape town, head to the Cape of good hope. A place of tranquility and serene, Cape point welcomes you with its breezy wind, cute penguins taking a dip and dramatic landscapes. Enjoy the scene by heading to the lighthouse and witness the beautiful sun rays playing on the brim of the ocean. Go scuba diving, swim with large fishes and explore the hidden gems of the ocean.
Swim in a pink lake
Swimming in blue crystal waters is common, but if you really want to enjoy a mix of serene and thrill other than the cliche, head to the pink lake at Lac Rose in Dakar. Rendered pink due to the presence of a certain species of algae, witness the various hues of pink that arise when the sun rays kiss this body of water. Walking down the streets, you will be highly distracted by the aromas coming from street stalls and restaurants.
Gamble in Casablanca
“I'm shocked, I'm shocked gambling is going on here!”, recalling the classic scene from the famous movie Casablanca, your priority in Morocco should be witness its high-end casinos. An amazing nighttime is something one should look forward to when in Casablanca. With pretty bars, fashionable casinos, lively clubs and restaurants that serve some out-of-the-world food, your African holiday will be truly out of this world!
When Is the Best Time to Visit Africa?
The best time to visit Africa largely depends on the country you plan to visit. However, spring has the most pleasant climate and it emerges in the months from August to October in the Southern regions and from March to May in the northern regions.
What is Africa mainly known for?
Africa is mostly popular for its Wildlife Safaris, Sahara Desert, Pyramids in Egypt, Blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco, the beaches of Mauritius and the natural beauty along the coasts of South Africa.
What language is the most spoken language in Africa?
Majority of the people in Africa speak Swahili. Bantu is another language in which people converse. Apart from that a lot of people speak Arabic and this is because of the historic interactions between the Africans and people from the middle east. But most locals understand English, hence making it better to communicate.
Which countries in Africa are the safest to visit?
The countries of Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt are the safest and most beautiful ones to visit in Africa.
How many days are enough for an African Tour?
It depends on the countries you wish to visit. You should aim to spend 7-10 days in a single country and 15-18 days if you wish to see more than two.
Do I require any vaccines in order to travel to Africa?
The WHO recommends these vaccinations for travellers from India wishing to visit Africa
Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.
Hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis B vaccine.
Oral polio vaccine (OPV).
Japanese encephalitis vaccine.
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