Being largely untouched by tourism is perhaps what makes Algeria so special. An unspoilt smorgasbord of raw natural beauty awaits exploration beyond this African gateway – from the vast and spectacular Sahara to the breathtaking coastline and rural greenery of the north. Then there is the charismatic capital city of Algiers, where beautiful colonial and modernist architecture clamours among an intriguing honeycomb of streets. Combined with the warm welcome of Algerian’s people and you have a country of underrated but great appeal.
Famous for its oil and diamonds, Angola sits on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Most visitors come for business but while here find time to explore the capital Luanda, with its colourful street vendors and ubiquitous minivan taxis blasting out kuduru music. See giraffe, elephant and zebra on a day safari to the Kissama National Park or spend sunny days swimming at the sandy beach in the bay of the southern town of Lobito.
The ancient Egyptians’ historical legacy will fill you with awe. Visit the great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Marvel at the treasures of Tutankhamun and cruise down the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Or visit vibrant Sharm El Sheikh, on the sun-drenched southern coast. Whizz through the desert on a quad bike or snorkel around magnificent coral reefs.
Visit Ghana to relax on sandy beaches along the Gold Coast or to spot elephants and lions at national parks. Immerse yourself in West African Ashanti culture in Kumasi, or feel the upbeat vibe of the cosmopolitan capital city, Accra. Away from Accra, you'll find that Ghana's star attraction is its miles of palm-fringed Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Join a safari to Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve for close encounters with leopards, lions and birds of prey. Get a big-city fix in Nairobi – a mix of modern skyscrapers, bustling markets and traditional cultural centres. Wind down on Mombasa's palm tree-fringed beaches and shop for local art in its Old Town. Take a ferry to car-free Lamu Island, home to Kenya's oldest Swahili settlement.
Moroccan holidays offer a feast for the senses, with delicious spicy dishes, beautiful views and bustling cities vying for your attention. Whether you're planning a luxurious city break in Marrakech or a rugged adventure holiday in Agadir, Morocco's fascinating cities and inspiring mountain ranges will inspire you.
Visit Nigeria’s network of national parks teeming with wildlife from primates and elephants to cheetahs and leopards. Experience the coastal highlights of former West African kingdom Benin City, and Lagos with its big-city buzz. Explore the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with a host of glittering new buildings and museums.
From the blaze of noise and colour that is Freetown to vast golden sands and thatched villages where women cook freshly caught fish over open fires, Sierra Leone is a charming surprise. It’s been a safe and peaceful democracy for over a decade, and its mix of exotic beaches, friendly people, lushly forested mountains, slave-era history and vivid wildlife make it one of the most engaging destinations in Africa.
As you explore South Africa's regions, you'll come across a diverse range of holiday experiences, all exuding a laid-back South African vibe. Whether you’re taking a safari in the Kruger National Park from Johannesburg, following the wine routes in the Cape Province or relaxing in Cape Town, South Africa has an all-round natural beauty all of its own.
Explore the revamped centre of Uganda's hilly capital Kampala or go gorilla tracking in Bwindi. Then get your binoculars at the ready to spot dazzling birds or a tree-climbing lion. If you're into adventure sports, go white-water rafting down the River Nile.
Come to experience the adventure of Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Gaze in awe as the Zambezi River plunges at the mighty Victoria Falls. Fly over the spray in a microlight, or head out to South Luangwa or Kafue National Parks, where you can mount a horse or climb onto the back of an elephant in search of lion, leopard and rhino.