Africa! It tugs at the heart strings of most every ardent traveler. As the original home of Big Five’s headquarters and of Big Five’s founders, the spirit of Africa remains at the very heart of the company. We are passionate for and about the massive continent that encompasses 20 percent of the total land area of the Earth, and is home to more than a billion people. From the most northerly point, Ras ben Sakka in Tunisia, to the most southerly point, Cape Agulhas in South Africa is a distance of approximately 5,000 miles. Travelers will always return to Africa, compelled by its incredible wildlife, wondrous landscapes, archeological treasures beyond measure, and resilient peoples.
Join us in 2015 for our webinar series #whyiloveafrica.
Morocco’s magic: Part of Africa yet a world apart, Morocco is gaining a lot of attention lately from our travelers. It may be the fascinating study in contrasts – old world medinas and modern chic boutique shops, sophisticated cities and picturesque rocky coves. It may be the North Africa cultures of traditional Berber towns or luxury resorts along white beaches. Morocco also has a fantastic array of Jewish history sites. Whatever the reason, Morocco is definitely on many wish lists for 2015. Morocco: Splendors of the Berber South takes you beyond the famous Imperial cities to explore the villages of the Atlas Mountains and beyond.
Egypt’s comeback: Egypt is reclaiming its place on travelers’ list of must-do destinations. And rightly so. No other country can claim the sheer size and scope of Egypt’s antiquities, from the extravagant pyramids of Giza, to the royal tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and the Queens, to legendary cities of Cairo and Alexandria. While many nations are blessed with archeological treasures, few can compare to extraordinary Egypt, still a preeminent destination for scholars and students, archeologists and travelers, and for all who are fascinated with the history of humankind. Come explore Egypt with us.
Return of Zimbabwe: Once one of the richest countries in Africa, Zimbabwe is just beginning to come out of a long troubled period. It has been off limits to most of us, except for quick visits to the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. But it is coming back slowly, and it has some gems to offer travelers beyond the famous falls such as a camp in a remote northeastern corner of Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife destinations; Lake Kariba, where you can do a walking safari; and Mana Pools National Park in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Zimbabwe is well worth a spot on your adventure list.
Namibia’s Nomadic Traditions: Namibia is home to one of the last truly nomadic communities remaining in Namibia and indeed Africa. For centuries, the Himba people have lived a relatively isolated existence. Basically, Herero in terms of origin, language and culture, they are semi-nomadic pastoralists who tend to move from one watering place to another several times a year to seek grazing for their goats and cattle. The Himba, Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Namibia’s remote northwestern Kunene Region are loosely referred to as the Kaokovelders. You have the opportunity to visit a Himba settlement in our Namibia- Desert & Beyond.
South Africa -World of Meercats: Most people have an image of the Kalahari as a lifeless desert, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The diversity of habitat and climate has resulted in a diverse animal population. There are about 80 species of mammals and approximately 240 species of birds. The open habitat makes game viewing excellent and the animals can be appreciated within their habitat rather than amongst bushes. Here, you have lions with black manes, rare desert black rhino, a separate sub species to those in the east of southern Africa and aardvark. At Tswalu Kalahari, the star is undoubtedly the dark eyed, marvelous meercat! This is one of the few places, where you can see these small members of the mongoose family. Here, Tswalu’s meercat families are quite used to people so you can get close. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find one standing on your hat. You will meet these little guys during our South Africa journey.