Top 10 Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacations in Africa and the Middle East
Spend your money in expensive hotels, hang out with mountain gorillas or take some amazing railway journeys. There’s a lot of choice here for all budgets and soft and hard core adventurers.
- Dive with sharks, Cape Town
Jackass penguins and seal populations make the seas here their home but there is also a channel separating two islands known as shark alley and a prime spot for encountering the Great White Shark.
- Hot air ballooning, Tanzania
Get the ultimate view of African wildlife ballooning over the Serengeti.
- Ski Touring in Morocco
Ski the remote piste of the Atlas mountains.
- The world’s most expensive hotel, Saudi Arabia
Consider a night in the Palace Suites of the Emirates Palace. It will only set you back £8,000 per night but you’ll get a bouquet of chocolates on your bedside table at night and a choice of scented liners for your pillowcase. Palatial, exquisite and your wallet will definitely only handle it once in a lifetime.
- Journey to Timbuktu, Mali
Sail down the Niger River in a pirogue to the legendary city of Timbuktu or take a camel journey overland from Morocco on the old salt trade route.
- Rail journeys, Africa
These steam train journeys recapture the romance of a by-gone era and also allow you to experience some of the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed fashion. A series of journeys link highlights of the region from Cape Town to Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania, from the desert of Namibia to KwaZulu-Natal and along the magnificent Cape South Coast.
- Iron ore express, Mauritania
At 1.5 miles in length this is the world’s longest train and also one of the world’s most spectacular as it winds 420 miles through the Sahara desert shunting people and ore from the desert to the coast on a single-track railway line.
- Dakar car rally
You don’t have to be a rally car driver or top motor biker to complete the famed Dakar rally. There are a number of charity events that take similar routes every year allowing you to experience all the sun, sand, nomads and fun without a vehicle that costs the earth.
- Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti
The Annual Wildebeest migration is one of the must-sees of Africa. Over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their way across the vast Serengeti plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of new grass every year.
- Mountain gorillas, Uganda
Get up close but not too personal with the mountain gorillas of Uganda. There are only about 650 left in the wild.