Africa & the Middle East

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Zebras am Wasserloch im Etosha Nationalpark, Namibia

Walking & sightseeing holidays in Africa & the Middle East

A wildlife-packed wonderland that stretches across six different time zones, Africa excels in natural splendour. Then there’s the Middle East, a region across the Red Sea that gave birth to some of history’s earliest civilisations.


African rhythms

From sun-baked deserts and savannah plains to steamy mountain jungles and ecologically-rich islands, our walking holidays in Africa pack in a continent-sized selection of landscapes and experiences.

As the world’s finest wildlife-watching destination, safaris in the likes of Kariega Game Reserve give you the chance to tick-off The Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. Alternatively, sail the South Atlantic seeking out seal, leatherback turtle, sunfish, humpback whale, and rare Benguela dolphin.

And then there’s the walks. Take on the tough-but-rewarding hike to the 3,563 ft summit of South Africa’s famous Table Mountain, step foot on some of the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia, or hike through the fertile valleys of North Africa’s Atlas Mountains. Equally worthy of your attention is the Western Sahara where you can meet nomadic Berber tribesmen in the middle of the desert, share a glass or two of sweet mint tea, and get to grips with a way of life unchanged for centuries.


Paradise islands

While it’s the African mainland that gets all the attention, the islands are just as alluring. Cape Verde combines all the little luxuries of a European beach break with hikes across an ancient volcanic archipelago. Elsewhere, the evolutionary marvel that is Madagascar is home to an incredible 5% of the planet’s known plant and animal species, making it prime nature spotting territory. Look out for Madagascan lemurs and colour-changing chameleon as you trek through impressive canyons in Isalo National Park and marvel at the cascading waterfalls of Andringitra National Park.


Make for the Middle East

Cross the Red Sea and our walking holidays in the Middle East reveal thousands of years of history. Discover Jordan’s desert castles and rock-hewn cities including the architectural wonder that is Petra – the so-called Red Rose City that was the country’s first designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.

 

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