November 10

African Travel in November

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November 10, 2021

Travel is well and truly back! We’re excited to share Africa’s treasures with tourists again, and the summer season is close to being in full swing. For those able to slip away on short notice and those who want a slightly more exclusive experience, African travel in November is the perfect way to enjoy some of the best destinations on the continent.

So, without further ado, here are our top destinations and places to stay for African travel in November.

1. Seychelles, Indian Ocean Islands

Traumhafter Strand mit Palme am türkisblauen Meer in den Seychellen
If an island paradise is what you’re after, look no further than Seychelles.

Does a luxury escape on a tropical island sound like heaven to you? Off the east coast of Africa, in the warm Indian Ocean, lies the perfect getaway. Say hello to Seychelles! In this tropical paradise, you’ll find everything you could dream of!

Azure, warm waves lapping on white sand and palm trees set the scene for the ultimate escape. And if there’s anywhere in the world to watch an island sunset, then this is the place!

Our favourite property: Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles - Traumunterkunft Inseln im Indischen Ozean
The infinity pool is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventures on the island. Image Credit: Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles awaits you, nestled on one of the world’s best beaches, Intendance Bay on Mahe island. Bask in the sub-tropical sun, sip on island-inspired cocktails or feast on fresh, locally-caught fare.

Here you can stroll along miles of white, silky sand adorning the coastline, snorkel cosy coves or dive amongst vivid tropical fish and corals. Or, sample sundowners and private dining on the beach under the stars and retreat to your luxurious villa to wallow in your private Jacuzzi or pool, with one of the world’s most unspoilt destinations as the backdrop.

2. Franschhoek, South Africa

Romantisches Lichtspiel am Himmel über den malerischen Weinbergen von Franschhoek im Kapweinland
Some of Africa’s best food experiences are found in Franschhoek, with a setting to match. Image Credit: Rhino Africa

South Africa’s ‘Gourmet Food Capital’, the Franschhoek wine valley, is a smorgasbord of delights. Stacked with award-winning restaurants and wineries, you’ll be begging for more at every turn.

And, if that isn’t enough, the setting for this gastronomic dream is just as much a feast for the eyes. Picture sun-soaked carpets of vineyards set against dramatic mountain ranges, creating the perfect backdrop.

Our favourite property: Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek
The beautiful Manor House at Mont Rochelle. Image credit: Mont Rochelle

The roots of Mont Rochelle are part and parcel of the very origins of Franschhoek itself. In the early 18th century, it began as a farm owned by one of the original Huguenots who ventured into the valley 30 years before.

Guests at Mont Rochelle can make the most of an array of on-site luxuries include two restaurants, a bar, spa, gym, heated outdoor pool and wine cellar. With an eye for detail and a penchant for luxury, Richard Branson’s Winelands retreat will have guests coming back over and over again.

3. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Les baobabs font partie du décor du parc Tarangire
Baobabs are an iconic part of the decor at Tarangire National Park. Image Credit: Tarangire.

Often overlooked by travellers, this magical wilderness has a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, Tarangire also hosts several other interesting animals. For example, the rare fringe-eared oryx and the gerenuk, which are among the more unique species to see on a visit.

Tarangire is only a two-hour drive from the nearest domestic airport or accessible by a direct flight into Kilimanjaro International. The park’s proximity to Arusha, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti makes it an ideal stop on a Tanzanian itinerary.

Our favourite property: Little Chem Chem

little chem chem elephant
Immerse yourself in nature at Little Chem Chem. Image Credit: Little Chem Chem

On the edge of an acacia forest and surrounded by the riverine landscape that Tanzanian safari-goers travel miles for is Little ChemChem. Just five exclusive suite-like tents overlook Burunge Lake and ooze the overwhelming appeal of a bygone era of safari.

The landscape surrounding Little ChemChem is dotted with plains game, abundant birdlife, and predators such as cheetah and leopard. This is among the best locations on the continent to explore Africa on foot. Other activities include night drives, photographic safaris, hot air balloon trips, helicopter flights, and private dining experiences.

4. Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The spectacular view from Hoanib
The vastness of the Namib desert spreads all around you. Image credit: C. Culbert

Where desert and ocean collide, the Skeleton Coast is a must-see destination in Namibia. Unlike anywhere on Earth, an abundance of shipwrecks give an otherworldly feel to it.

Spend time searching for incredible desert-adapted wildlife and enjoying excellent fishing opportunities.

Our favourite property: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Candle light dinner Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Sunsets are sensational on the Skeleton Coast. Image Credit: &Beyond

&Beyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has an almost surreal quality against the backdrop of the spectacular Namib Desert. With wilderness stretching out in every direction, the sense of isolation from the outside world is instant and intense.

Exploring this land and its hardy inhabitants is an experience unlike any other. Zebra, springbok, jackal and gemsbok are just some of the many fascinating creatures you may encounter during a scenic drive or nature walk. Marked hiking trails are a popular activity, as is the high-speed adrenaline rush of quad-biking across the surrounding dunes.

5. Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Phinda Game Drive at Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal
Game Drives at Phinda are full of excitement for guests. Image Credit &Beyond

If you like a bit of beach and bush away from the crowds, South Africa’s east coast is the place for you. Get in ahead of the festive rush and enjoy quiet scenes in one of the country’s most diverse provinces.

From Big 5 safaris in Phinda to the sunny coast of the iSimangaliso wetland park, there’s a world of natural wonder just waiting to be explored both above and below the surface.

Our favourite property: &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge et sa superbe vue
Enjoy views from the bath at &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge. Image Credit: &Beyond

From its perch on a cliff-face overlooking the African veld, &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge allows guests to experience the very best of both Maputaland’s bush and its beach. Whether it’s close encounters on safari or swimming with the turtles and whale sharks, &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge delivers only the best in outdoor adventures.

Phinda Private Game Reserve is regarded as an exemplary model of conservation, community upliftment, and eco-tourism. The once-degraded farmland has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and herds of game have been relocated here en masse.

Travel to Africa in November!

African travel in November offers a variety of experiences as diverse as the continent itself. If you’re ready to explore, our team of African Travel Experts are on-hand to get the ball rolling. If you’re planning further ahead, why not look at our African Travel Calendar to decide the perfect time to visit your ideal destination. 

Contact us to bring your African dream to life.

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Brad Mitchell

With a deep-set love of the outdoors and making moments count in all aspects of life, nothing makes Brad happier than taking in sunrises and sunsets. He can often be found either running, surfing or playing sports somewhere in Cape Town. Having grown up a stone's throw from Kruger, Brad jumped at the chance to live in the Cape and has never looked back since! With a background in all things Marketing, he is driven by creativity and turning crazy ideas into real-life actions!

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