Aerial view of sainte marie island, madagascar

Aerial view of sainte marie island, madagascar“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” – Brian Jackman

 

Although this beautiful continent has seen its fair share of dark days, there is no place that sounds and feels quite like Africa. It is a place that dances to its own beat and lives by its own rules. Since the beginning of time, she has enchanted the world with unreal landscapes and unique experiences that can be found nowhere else on earth.

 

Africa is the greatest masterpieces on earth and to be African is one of the most sacred things in the world.

 

And while we know your heart yearns to explore the wild backlands of Peru and dance beneath the dazzling lights of Paris and New York City (ours does too), not everyone can satisfy their desire to explore the world.  Spending 30 hours in the air is a lot of time when you only get 15 days of leave and travelling can be very expensive.

 

Except when you live in Africa of course.

 

Mozambique travel

Morocco blue town

Morocco

Madagascar lemurs

 

We live in one of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world and it remains relatively undiscovered. So, while everyone else gazes across the pond, we get to create our own unique stories and have the added bonus of cheap flights and authentic experiences untouched by mass tourism.

 

There is no better place in the world to live out your travel dreams.

 

Who needs Bali when Mozambique offers some of the most unforgettable tropical experiences. Swim beside whale sharks and dolphins or embark on dhow safaris through the glittering waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Satisfy your inner fruit fly with sweet mangoes, papayas, coconuts and avocadoes, or chase dreamy days with romance and island rum as jazz and dazzling sunsets fill the air and skies.

 

Travel inland and you will find yourself in one of the most soul-stirring places in the world – Botswana. It is a place where you can hear the heartbeat of Africa in the steady galumph of elephants and fierce roar of lions. You will hear it in the soundtrack of a Kalahari sunrise and the crackling of a campfire beneath starry skies. It is in the deep rumble of the African wilderness that you will understand what it truly means to feel alive.

 

Or follow the exotic rhythms of strings and drums to Morocco. Sunken into the glowing sands of North Africa, Morocco is a place that trembles with magic and mystery. Ancient cobbled streets hide regal riads and beckon travellers with fragrant spices the mystical tricks and charms of alchemists and street performers. It is a frontier country and offers the ultimate fusion of adventure and mystique.

 

Madagascar chameleons

Lamu old town waterfront, kenya, unesco world heritage site

Beautiful and bewitching, there is no denying that Africa has her mysteries and untold stories. But it is up to you to follow the beat of the drum and uncover them. Which African country do you actually secretly want to explore – take Travelstart’s quiz?

 

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” ― Kwame Nkrumah

 

** This post was written by the Travelstart team, I was paid for my time to publish the article.