SCENIC BEAUTY

Imagine yourself staring at the awe-inspiring grandeur of Victoria Falls, relaxing on a beach in the Seychelles, trekking through the Blyde River Canyon, or visiting the Sossusvlei Dunes of Namibia. Africa has so much to offer in the way of beauty and we would be happy to show it to you.

 

Click the images below to learn what each country has to offer.

 

Botswana

Botswana is bordered by South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia and is a country of striking physical beauty contrasted by incredible bio-diversity. Botswana is a land-locked country dominated in geographical terms by the Kalahari Desert – a sand-filled basin averaging 1,100 metres above sea level. This is complemented by the Okavango Delta In the north-west, where the Okavango River flows in from the highlands of Angola and soaks into the sands, forming the 15,000 sq. km network of water channels, lagoons, swamps and islands. This land of desert and delta is one of the last untouched places in Africa, home to some of the most extraordinary eco-systems on Earth and a paradise for nature-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

 

For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
 

  • Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
  • Belmond Khwai River Lodge
  • Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
  • DumaTau
  • Egypt

    Alexandria, “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, is the second largest city in Egypt next to the famous and historic Cairo. Since its founding by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria has always been known as a capital of historic culture and Mediterranean ambiance. With a rich history on its side, Alexandria is the site of many wonders including the Library at Alexandria. Its subtle and persuasive beauty has made it a well-known tourist destination for all kinds of explorers and adventurers.

     

    The land of Upper Egypt has a lot to offer travelers and adventurers alike; however, one of the most fulfilling ways to fully explore all that ancient Egypt has to offer is to take a Nile cruise, and the best place to start is Upper Egypt. The dry and arid Western Desert lies west of the Nile in Egypt and Libya. In most of Upper Egypt, the desert comes very close to the banks of the Nile, with a flood plain only a few kilometers wide. This regions accounts for almost two-thirds of Egypt’s entire land area and spans from the Mediterranean Sea down to the Sudanese border. Uninterrupted rocks and other escarpments showcase a phenomenal rocky and harsh terrain with massive plateaus. The Great Sand Sea also lies within this region and is a popular destination for tourists.

    Kenya

    A land of exquisite diversity, explore forests, snow-capped peaks, deserts, beaches and even coral reefs. Here, there is an endless opportunity for adventure and breathtaking moments of discovery. Explore Amboseli, the land of the giants and vast stretches of savannah plains and the Great Rift Valley or beautiful Mount Kenya. Delve into her national parks, great reserves and wildlife refuges.

     

    The breathtaking Kenyan coastline is a sun-soaked region offering white sandy beaches lining the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Here on these breezy beaches, the growth and wilderness of Kenya converges with the crystal blue ocean, teeming with life and coral majesty. Ancient Lamu enchants the area with bustling markets and the sights and sounds of a different time. Lamu Island itself is not only a cultural gem, but it promises days in the sun on a peaceful tropical island in total relaxation.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Mahali Mzuri
  • And Beyond Bateleur Camp
  • Fairmont Mara Safari Club
  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Fairmont The Norfolk
  • Madagascar

    Step into the strange and magical world of Madagascar, sometimes called the eighth continent for its diversity of species found no other place on earth. Your expert guides reveal the mysterious treasures of the sacred community forests – camouflaged chameleons, prized orchids, brilliantly-plumed birds and multiple species of the island’s signature lemurs. As you track the three-foot-tall indri lemurs, source of those wailing calls from the treetops, you’ll begin to grasp why the natives called them “ghostly spirits.”

     

    Explore the contrasting lush eastern and arid southeast regions of Madagascar tracking more than a dozen species of lemurs. Northern Madagascar has some of the most interesting and diverse areas on the island, a terrain that fills the shoes of relaxing beach retreat, rough-and-ready adventureland, and naturalist discovery zone all in one.

     

    No journey to Madagascar is complete, however, without at least a few days of relaxation on the gorgeous northern shores. Stretches of coastline, barrier reefs, and remote islands all vie for attention with the promise of underwater shipwrecks, magnificent marine life, pristine sun-soaked beaches, and humpback breaching.

     

    Venturing further south and west, the landscape alters dramatically, transforming into abstract, sandstone sculpted environments often compared to the surface of the moon. This is Isalo National Park, where strange massifs create an arid, sweeping panorama, frequently interrupted by lingering rivers and natural swimming pools for rare, endemic plants and various lemurs to congregate.

    Malawi

    Aside from its animals, what immediately captures you about this vivid country is its geographical diversity. Slicing through the landscape in a trough formed by the Great Rift Valley is Africa’s third largest lake – Lake Malawi; a shimmering mass of glittering clear water, its depths are swarming with colourful cichlid fish. Whether it’s diving, snorkelling, kayaking or chilling out on one of its desert islands, a visit to the lake is a must.

     

    Suspended in the clouds in Malawi’s deep south are the dramatic peaks of Mt Mulanje and the mysterious Zomba Plateau; both are a trekker’s dream, with mist-cowled forests and exotic wildlife. Head further north and you’ll witness the otherworldly beauty of Nyika Plateau, its rolling grasslands resembling the Scottish Highlands.

    Mauritius

    Mauritius enchants the visitor from the moment they first arrive. You feel as if you are one of a chosen few when you breathe in the tropical sea air and let the scent of flowers surround you. The beaches of this island Republic are awash with history, magic, and tranquility.

     

    The friendly faces, luxurious hideaways, and some of the travel industry’s best-kept secrets lie waiting for you here in Mauritius. Visitors can find a private cove and relax on the beach or indulge in one of the many water sport activities such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, and more. Five Star luxury awaits with incredible service and friendly people and spas that renew the spirit and rejuvenate the soul. It’s the stuff that island dreams are made of.

     

    Visit this volcanic indian ocean island, surrounded by turquoise water, deepening to indigo blue, with palm-fringed beaches of white sand. Whether a romantic escape, a family escape or a respite from the rigors of a long safari, Mauritius is a tropical haven. Includes breakfast and dinner.

    Mozambique

    The Quirimbas Archipelago stretches for an astonishing 62 miles along the Mozambique coast. These sun-drenched tropical islands contain some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide an unparalleled environment for an abundant array of marine life. The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of a grand total of 32 tropical coral islands that stretch all the way from Pemba (the capital of Cabo Delgado Province) to the Rovuma River, which happens to form the natural frontier between Tanzania and Mozambique.Development here is minimal, providing a pristine experience for tourist exploration and enjoyment.

     

    Enjoy relaxing at an idyllic beach resort on Mozambique’s Lagoon coast, dubbed the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Retreat to the palm-fringed, white sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. Romantics will enjoy kayaking and sailing off into the sunset on an authentic dhow as well as the luxurious pampering at your intimate lodge.

     

    South of Mozambique’s capital city, the idyllic dune beaches of Ponta Mamoli flirt with the Indian Ocean on the edge of the South African border. This bay is part of Mozambique’s Lagoon Coast, a series of sheltered inlets carved away over time, leaving behind a series of shimmering sand havens and freshwater lakes just off the coast.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Azura on Benguerra Island
  • Namibia

    Discover the beauty of Namibia, with ancient sand dunes, legendary shipwrecks, and the big game of the Etosha salt pan. Travel by light aircraft and begin the safari of a lifetime, flying over some of the world’s highest sand dunes (some as tall as skyscrapers) and getting a close look at the wildlife that has specially adapted to living in the desert environment.

     

    Namibia is waiting to be explored, from the breathtaking Skeleton Coast with shipwrecks from legends and lore, to the Himba, an ancient and beautiful people, survivors of some of the most rugged country in the world. Accommodations range from elegant and authentic tented experiences to indulgent luxury lodges that take your breath away. There are experiences here that are unlike anything offered anywhere else in the world. This is a magical place of timeless and majestic beauty.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Little Kulala
  • Seychelles

    Seychelles may be the only country described exclusively in hyperbole. “Paradise”, “Garden of Eden” and “spectacular” seem to be among the most common terms employed, and typically the focus of these descriptions centers on the physical beauty of the islands: the multiple blue hues reflecting out of the water, the distinctive granite rock formations and the white, clean beaches.

     

    But there is much more to Seychelles than first meets the eye. A natural wonder, unspoiled and still untamed, yet delightfully charming. It is the perfect retreat – an add-on option after a dusty safari or a simple romantic escape in paradise for two.

     

    Attracting those seeking water activities like scuba, snorkeling and fishing – and those who seek solitude with nothing better to do than curl up in a beachside hammock and take another nap – the Seychelles is an island paradise that is utterly delightful.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Banyan Tree Seychelles
  • South-Africa

    Arguably the most enchanting region in South Africa, the Western Cape offers a dizzying array of experiences for the traveler. Explore the individual districts within the Western Cape, and you’ll begin to feel as if you have been transported to another world.

     

    Beginning with Cape Town, this enchanting region offers travelers a European feel and is generally considered the most beautiful province in all of South Africa. Rich veins of mountains surround the area, and it is a haven for lovers of fine cuisine, gardens, history, and natural beauty.

     

    The Winelands region holds rolling hills of vines, surrounded by volcanic mountains, and the climate here is perfect for wine production. Estates such as Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschoek are but a few of the many winery districts. Guests can explore this rich and fertile valley with the charm of Cape Dutch architecture that dots the landscape with an expert, private guide.

     

    The Garden Route can be found nestled between spectacular mountains and the sparkling warmth of the Indian Ocean. Beach lovers and trekkers will delight with privately guided walks along these ancient and picturesque beaches. The delight of the Garden Route is enhanced even more by the natural flora of the region. Protea and fynbos dot the shoreline, and the colors and dimensions of the landscape are breathtaking.

     

    The Cederburg region is considered by international visitors to be a “magical” place. After the winter rains have come, the fields of yellow daisies lay like a sunny carpet of welcome along the valley floor. The backdrop of this yellow splendor is the majestic Cederburg mountain range. Small villages with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and friendly people welcome visitors to the region.

     

    There is no South African itinerary that is complete without a visit to the Western Cape.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Royal Malewane
  • Singita Ebony & Boulders Lodges
  • Singita Lebombo & Sweni Lodges
  • One & Only Cape Town
  • La Residence
  • 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa
  • And Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • And Beyond Sabi Sand Lodges
  • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • Birkenhead House
  • Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
  • Cape Cadogan
  • Cape Grace
  • Ellerman House
  • Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Mont Rochelle
  • Savanna Private Game Reserve
  • Saxon Hotel, Villas, and Spa
  • Taj Cape Town
  • The Oyster Box
  • Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
  • Tanzania

    Named for the British monarch by explorer John Hanning Speke, the waters of Lake Victoria cover a surface area of 26,600 square miles and reach through Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The shores of the world’s second-largest lake shelter a number of marine birds as well as crocodiles, hippos, and small mammals and reptiles. Nile perch are in abundance in the lake and fishing is always an adventure.

     

    In Tanzania, several forested islands can be found on the lake’s southern edge. Perhaps the most notable of these is Rubondo Island, a jungle sanctuary which together with several smaller islets make up Rubondo Island National Park. In the late 1960s the island became a haven for animals rescued from illegal animal trading, zoos, and circuses; chimpanzees, grey parrots, and black-and-white colobus monkeys were among the first species released here. Today the fauna has reverted to a truly wild state on the secluded, uninhabited island, and a visit to Rubondo provides a unique glimpse at an untamed tropical paradise.

     

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famed site of the Ngorongoro Crater, is located west of Arusha in northwest Tanzania. This is the world’s largest unflooded volcanic caldera, formed when a volcano exploded and fell into itself, creating the depression. The Ngorongoro Crater, which formed some two to three million years ago, is 2,001 feet deep and its floor covers 102 square miles.

     

    Zanzibar is an island region and is part of the East African country of Tanzania. Laying in an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it consists of numerous tiny island and two larger islands, Unguja and Pemba. The long history of Zanzibar includes massive trade with the Arab world. Guests who come here enjoy a lovely retreat of peace and tranquility.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • And Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Singita Grumeti
  • Uganda

    Murchison Falls National Park sits in the northwestern region of Uganda, near the peaceful shores of Lake Albert. The Victoria Nile winds its way through Murchison Falls, giving life and prosperity to the rugged environment as well as the diversity of wildlife. The park itself was named for its own Murchison Falls waterfall, caused by the white waters of the Nile as they squeeze through Murchison’s landscaping.

    Zambia

    The town of Livingstone lies about six miles from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Named for the famous missionary and adventurer, David Livingstone, this town serves as a gateway to a number of exciting destinations and sites in and around Zambia. Visit Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, home of the Victoria Falls itself and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    An abundance of activities abound around Victoria Falls. Go white water rafting or ascend by helicopter over the majestic downpour of the roaring falls. Bungee jumping, body boarding, or the Zambezi Swing are just a few of the other excitements around.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • The Royal Livingstone
  • Toka Leya Camp
  • Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls remains an ever-popular tourist destination in Africa and is an experience not to missed. Lovingly known to locals as the “smoke that thunders,” there is nothing so mesmerizing as this magnificent body of water falling rapidly over the top to the canyon below. Explore the falls from every vantage point and experience incredible game viewing. Hear the birdlife, trumpeting elephants, and yawning hippos footsteps away in the river, and trek to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for sightings of zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, and more.

     

    For an outstanding African Adventure, FROSCH recommends:
     

  • Little Makalolo