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North Africa

at its finest

Medina Hotel



Editors Letter



Kenzi Menara

Palace & Resort



Cape Verde


Splendours of

Southern Africa


Meet the team


Always Sailing

Cape Royale Luxury


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Welcome to [name] Africa Guide 2017. This

magazine is brimming with ideas for luxury travel

across Africa; whether you’re seeking exciting

cultural adventures, natural landscapes to lose

yourself in or destinations rich in history, our Africa

Travel Guide is the perfect tool for building your

dream African escape.

Every traveller has, I am sure, felt the lure of a safari,

but Africa has so much more to offer than ‘the big

five’. This year, we offer an in-depth exploration of

the islands of Cape Verde, the hottest destination

for luxury travel in 2017. In keeping with our desire to

bring you’re the latest on-trend travel experiences,

we also present wine tours in South Africa, River Nile

cruises in Egypt and diving off the coast of Morocco

for your consideration. And of course, because no

trip to Africa would be quite complete without it,

we’ve also tracked down the best safari experiences

available, in addition to our usual offering of the very

best restaurants, spas and hotels Africa has to offer.

Whether you want luxury tented realness or five-star

cosmopolitan accommodation, we’ll definitely help

you find the Africa you’re looking for.

Katherine Lozell


Dennis Mayhew


Sam Yates


Katherine Lozell


Marcs Bacera


Craig Alexander


Zoe Watkins


Mark Tierney


Emma Jade

Jacqui Irvine

Joseph Wilton


Antoine Jackson

Dave Chen


Zack Ford

Peter Clement

Lindsay Evans


Brian Anson


Stanley Lucas

Costin Marcel

Sarah Patel


Harry Singh


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North Africa

at its finest

Northern Africa boasts incredible links from Europe,

meaning a luxurious African getaway is within

easy reach. Here you can indulge in a dizzying

range of incredible vistas, from snow-capped

mountains to stunning beaches, immerse yourself

in ancient civilisations and learn about thriving,

beautiful cultures.


It may be a cliché, but Morocco truly is the

gateway to Africa. Visible from Gibraltar,

Morocco offers a dizzying land of contrasts,

from bustling souks to vast desert landscapes

and the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

No visit to Morocco is complete without a trip

to intoxicating medina of Fez or the charming,

wind-blown sea port of Essaouira, but nature

lovers will also be tempted by the incredible

surfing conditions of Taghazout or the chance

to climb the Atlas peaks.



Home of the Nile, the great Pyramids of Giza

and the splendour of Luxor – you may think you

already know what Egypt has to offer, but we

implore you to keep an open mind and you’ll

certainly be surprised. Lose yourself in the stars

on a night safari across the Western Desert,

discover the ancient world at the areological

sites of Saqqara or dive to the depths at the

Blue Hole of Dahab – Egypt certainly has a lot

more to offer than you may first surmise.


Libya is an ancient crossroads of different

civilisations, creating a cultural melting pot that

is sure to satisfy even the most ardent traveller.

Here visitors can indulge in the full spectrum of

wonders that Africa has to offer – whether you

want to go whale watching on the northern

coast, explore Roman and Greek ruins in Leptis

Magna or bask in the palm-fringed lakes at

Ubari Sand Sea, you’ll be hard pressed to find

an activity that doesn’t introduce you to the

best Africa has to offer.

Algeria, like Morocco, benefits from a

temptingly close location to Europe. It also

serves as Africa’s largest country,

meaning you’d need ample time to

truly see all it has to offer. However,

highlights include the spectacular

ruined city of Djemila, the dusty

desert city of Timimoun and of course,

the famed architecture of Algiers.

Natural wonders include the Botanical

Garden of Hamma and the vast beauty of

the Algerian Sahara.


You may be surprised to know that Sudan

has more pyramids than Egypt, but Sudan is

a country abundant in surprises. It is also less

popular among tourists than its neighbours – but

those who take a chance of Sudan will be richly

rewarded, especially as an absence of tourists

means you’ll be able to indulge in its historical

and cultural riches in relative privacy. Highlights

include the Meroe Pyramids, the souk of Kassala

and the ancient site of Karima – but we’ll leave

it to you to discover the full range of attractions

on offer.

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Relax on the

Bank of the River

The Fairmont Nile City boasts a truly impressive location. Nestled on the

banks of the Nile, the hotel embodies the spirit of Egyptian culture and

hospitality and invites guests to enjoy a world of supreme luxury.

With sweeping views of the River Nile – and

the great pyramids rising up in the distance

– Fairmont Nile City provides a perfect base

for those who wish to discover the historical

and cultural pleasures of Cairo. However, when

not exploring the sites, guests will find that

the hotel’s amenities are more than enough

to keep them entertained; Fairmont Nile City

boasts eight restaurants and bars, including the

breathtaking Sky Pool rooftop bar which offers

panoramic views of the river below. The hotel’s

signature restaurant, Saigon, offers Asian fusion

cuisine while traditional Middle Eastern delights

can be indulged in at Bab El Nil.

Those who seek a little pampering after a long

day beneath the scorching Cairo sun can relax

in the Willow Stream Spa. Inspired by the hotel’s

natural environment, available treatments

include individual and couple’s massages,

body scrubs and salt baths, traditional beauty

treatments and pioneering Phytomer products.

Conveniently located as part of the prestigious

Nile City corporate complex, Fairmont Nile

City is the ideal location for business events or

beautiful private parties. The space consists

of 9,100 square feet, plus an additional 4,800

square feet of outdoor space, dedicated for

meetings and conventions.

Fairmont Nile City offers 540 beautiful rooms

and suites that blend art deco architecture with

a clean and contemporary décor. All guest

rooms offer beautiful views and feature an

open concept bathroom with sliding shutters,

rain showers and exclusive bathroom amenities

by Le Labo, in addition to such technological

advancements as digital climate control

systems, interactive TVs and high speed wireless

internet. These modern touches are perfectly

offset against the backdrop of Ancient Egypt,

making for a hotel that perfectly captures the

past and the present and one that can take

guests on a magical journey.

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A tour

to suit you

Emo Tours are a company of trusted, passionate travel specialists who

create customised luxury tours across the length and breadth of Egypt.

The sheer scope of experiences and trips on

offer is quite impressive; guests can choose

from half-day, full-day, multi-day or night

excursions to Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria,

Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, meaning there

is no stone left unturned when it comes to really

seeing this country so rich in historical and

cultural heritage. If you seek something a little

bit out of the ordinary, Emo can also arrange

romantic River Nile cruise experiences or

adventurous port excursions. They also provide

a dedicated airport transfer service to and from

all major airports.

No matter how much time you have to spare

– be it a few hours or 14 days to fill at your

leisure – Emo Tours will work tirelessly to create

an experience with you in mind. All tours are

completely based on their guests’ interests and

schedule, guaranteeing customised itineraries

and one-of-a-kind journeys tailored to your

every desire. Not just content with offering

trips to some of Egypt’s best known tourist

attractions, Emo Tours are also happy to take

their visitors off the beaten track and show

them the hidden side of the country. Book a

private tour if you really wish to travel in style

or live like a local; your private guide will be

on hand to offer a highly personalised and

trusted service. Emo Tours Egypt have carefully

cultivated excellent relationships with hotels,

transfer companies and tour guides, meaning

all guests can be sure of outstanding quality,

authentic experiences and memories of Egypt

that will last a life time.


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A Stay Fit For Royalty

A regal setting – that’s the first thing that comes to mind when guests

first arrive at Kenzi Menara Palace & Resort. Situated directly opposite

the Agdal Royal Gardens, visitors are treated to sweeping views of the

manicured lawns dappled citrus groves, with the Atlas Mountains standing

resplendently in the distance – the hotel is truly a priceless jewel set in the

crown of a privileged location.

Inspired by the Arabo-Andalusia tradition,

all 236 rooms feature impressionist-style

architecture and a warming mix of Moroccan

colours and textures to create a relaxing

environment steeped in luxury. All rooms and

suites are equipped with air conditioning with

individual climate control, interactive flat screen

TVs with 100 TV channel, and a choice of films,

games, and social media sites, wireless internet,

tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial

telephones. Family rooms and senior suites are

also available for larger parties.

The hotel staff go to extraordinary lengths to

foster a peaceful atmosphere and deliver

seamless service; guests are offered such

services as transfers, a baby-sitting service,

a boutique shopping centre and 24-hour

concierge team – small but thoughtful touches

that add another layer of refinement and

relaxation to your stay.

For those in need of a pampering session,

O-Spa by Kenzi offers six decadent treatment

rooms, male and female Turkish baths, a sauna,

a hydra cure Balneotherapy room and three

scrub rooms, in addition to a hair salon and

relaxing lounge. Guest services at Kenzi Menara

Palace & Resort also include a gym, indoor

and outdoor pools and fully-equipped business

centre. You may not actually be royalty, but

you’re guaranteed the royal treatment at this

sublime Moroccan hotel.

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Travel your way

The possibilities are numerous: explore the

busy, winding streets Marrakech, discover the

historical gateway of Tangiers or plan your

own trip and go wherever you heart desires

– Said Private Day Tours offer visitors to

Morocco the chance to ‘travel their way’.

Catering exclusively for those who seek luxurious, VIP

experiences, a Said private tour is characterised by luxury

vehicles, five-star dining experiences and out of the ordinary

experiences. They provide you with your own local driver

and guide and the best hotels – all you have to do is sit

back, relax and explore at your own pace.

With a focus on catering for travellers visiting Morocco from

Spain, Said is particularly popular among those who wish to

discover the exotic delights of Marrakesh’s bustling streets or

the natural wonders of Tangiers.

Said Private Day Tours is committed to providing the very

highest levels of customer satisfaction; guides are multilingual

and go above and beyond to show their guests

a side of Morocco beyond the usual tourist experiences.

Customisable trips, including overnight stays, can also be

arranged; the company is happy to suggest routes and

activities that will best match your desires.

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The best stay

in Hammamet

The Medina Solaria Hotel is a luxury five-star all-inclusive Hammamet

resort, and is highly regarded for it’s incredible selection of guest rooms,

amenities, and unrivalled facilities; the great location and unmatched

Tunisian service will make your Medina Hotel Solaria experience truly

unforgettable, whether you’re travelling on business, with a family, or on a

romantic getaway.

All 239 rooms and suites are fully furnished and

tastefully appointed with the finest details to

make you feel at home. Facilities include airconditioning,

satellite TV and stylish bathrooms.

‘View’ rooms also offer beautiful balconies and

spectacular sea and pool views, inviting guests

to enjoy their own personal haven of peace

and serenity.

Leisure services include a premiere

thalassotherapy centre and fitness centre, an

outdoor pool, golf and dedicated children’s

entertainment services, ensuring there is

something for everyone to enjoy. A variety of

cuisines can also be found at Medina Hotel

Solaria, with six restaurants and bars serving

everything from traditional African delicacies

to casual poolside snacks. The hotel also

offers a dedicated conference centre, further

cementing its promise to offer every guest the

perfect stay.

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Cape Verde

Floating adrift of the coast of Africa, around

500km off the coast of Senegal, Cabo Verde is

a collection of tiny islands where the peaceful

temperament seeps into everyday life. This

chain of ten islands is a relatively new addition

to the luxury travel circuit, meaning that visitors

can enjoy the out-of-this-world beaches and

lunar-like landscapes without the views being

hampered by throngs of tourists. Although each

island has its own distinct personality, you will

find a mix of African, Brazilian and Portuguese

influences, music and food, left over from Cape

Verde’s colonisation by the Portuguese in the 15th

Century. Take the time to explore each island

carefully and find the one that is perfect for you.




The largest island in the chain, Santiago is

home to the capital city of Cape Verde, Praia.

It is also where you’ll find the most diverse

landscapes in the archipelago; from fine sandy

beaches to mighty mountains and dry steppe

areas, as well as fertile valleys, any nature

lover will feel at home on Santiago. When

not exploring the natural surroundings, visitors

should take the time to explore the historical

attraction of Praia and indulge in its restaurants

The easternmost and third-largest island of

Cape Verde definitely does justice to its name

– Boa Vista: beautiful view. While mass tourism

has already reached the smaller neighbouring

island of Sal, visitors will find that life on Boa

Vista is a little bit more more authentic. The

landscape here is also characterised by deserts

of sand – over 55 kilometres – and excellent

conditions for watersports enthusiasts. It is highly

recommended that visitors explore the sleepy

capital of Sal Rei and admire the colourful

historic buildings and African markets.

Even although Brava is the smallest populated

island of Cape Verde, it should not be

underestimated. A visit (especially if timed to

follow the rainy season) will be rewarded with

a sea of flowers. As the Fontainhas Mountains

are located in the slipstream of Fogo, low-lying

clouds form throughout the entire year above

Brava, providing the perfect conditions for a

plant-friendly climate. On this tropical island,

date and coconut palms thrive, as well as the

colourful oleander bushes, species of hibiscus,

almond trees and bougainvillea. If you are

looking for a change of pace from the larger

islands, Brava is the island for you.


Sal is known as the sunniest, sandiest island

in the chain, and the strong trade winds that

buffer the coastline from November to June

makes it a paradise for surfers. The island is also

very flat, which means that rain is highly unlikely

to hamper your holiday. Of all its cities and

towns, Predra Lume (‘fiery stone’) is one you

should seek out. Sitting in a low volcano crater

that lies below sea level, the town is known

for its salt seas where visitors can indulge in a

curative salt bath.

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Nestled on a clifftop overlooking the sea, Oasis Atlantico Praiamar Hotel

offers breathtaking views of a landscape rich in history and cultural

importance. The hotel is located in Praia, the largest city in Cape Verde,

on the island of Santiago.

Guests of the hotel can get back to basics

and enjoy simple luxury and a laid-back

atmosphere; all guest rooms (including 119

standard rooms, three deluxe suites and a

presidential suite) are all characterised by

a bright and fresh décor and thoughtful

amenities, including king-sized beds, airconditioning

and satellite TV. Connecting

rooms are also available for families or larger

parties, while the presidential suite offers

a jacuzzi bathroom and a large living and

meeting space for added comfort and superior


The simple yet chic design of the guest rooms

is mirrored throughout the hotel, enhancing

an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity and

reflecting the serene, seaside surroundings.

The best views can be found in the Panorama

Bar – the perfect place to watch the sunset

and indulge in a delicious cocktail or two – or

in Prainha Restaurant, where you can dine on

traditional Cape-Verdian gastronomy and an

exquisite range of fresh sea food. When not

soaking up the views, guests can enjoy such

services as a swimming pool and jacuzzi, a gym,

soothing massages or excursions around the

historic landmarks of Praia – relax and let your

worries float away on the cool ocean breeze.

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Sail away


Few can visit Cape Verde and escape the lure of sun, sea, and ideal yearround

sailing conditions – so indulge in your fantasies of sailing the high

seas and book a private charter with Alwaysailing.

Guests are invited aboard ‘White Time’, a

Grand Soleil 52 luxury ocean racing yacht,

to indulge in a high-class experience. White

Time offers sailing trips around the west coast

of Sal Island from the bay of Santa Maria, but

the beautiful views are just one of the many

delights to be enjoyed. Full day sailing trips are

led by the highly-experienced Captain Eugene

and his crew, who are all dedicated to meeting

the personal requirements of every guest.

To provide a truly exclusive service, parties

are limited to a maximum of 14 guests. An

all-inclusive service can be found on board,

from hotel pick up and drop offs, an open

bar, use of the snorkelling equipment to the

delicious lunch served at your leisure. Guests

can lie back and enjoy the ride or take a more

hands-on approach and learn the basics of

sailing. If you’re lucky, you may be joined on

your journey by Santa Maria’s resident dolphins,

turtles or even whales.

The vessel is also out-fitted to the highest

standards and offers incredibly comfortable

guest quarters. Interior accommodation

includes a large saloon and kitchen, (with a

fridge freezer, oven and microwave) three

double cabins (with separate crew quarter)

and two bathrooms with showers. On board

amenities include wi-fi, air conditioning, TV and

a barbeque.

An Alwaysailing trip is the perfect way to

celebrate an anniversary, treat your loved ones

to some quality time together or inject a little

romance into your holiday. With a captain,

sailors and a hostess at your disposal, there is

nothing for you to do but lie back and admire

the view as you sail over the clear waters of

Santa Maria.

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Splendours of

Southern Africa

A trip across Southern Africa will tick all

the boxes. Here you’ll find ancient culture,

stunning landscapes, incredible wildlife and of

course, exquisite cuisine.


Cape Town’s famed Table Mountain;

Namibia’s striking Fish River Canyon; the

arid floodplains of Namibia; the stunning

beaches of Mozambue

There’s famous Table Mountain rising

high above Cape Town, that mighty gash

hacked out of the earth’s surface at Fish River

Canyon, and the desertscapes of the Kalahari,

but the lonely rural tracks that take you out into an

otherwise trackless wilderness are just as memorable.

In Namibia, huge slabs of flat-topped granite rise

from mists of wind-blown sand and swirling dust. And

Zambian floodplains are dotted with acacia trees

and flanked by escarpments of dense woodland.

Want to see all the landscapes the region has to

offer? Put aside a lifetime.


For insight into extraordinary rock art left by

ancestors of the San, an ancient people whose

origins lie in the Stone Age, visit Tsodilo Hills in

Botswana and the extensive rock-art galleries

in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Step

back through the centuries in the cultural

melting pot of Mozambique Island; stay in a mud

hut in Zimbabwe and watch Shona sculptors at work;

prop up the bar at a shebeen in Soweto; or mingle

with Basotho people in highland villages in

Lesotho. Southern Africa has so many

different takes on African culture, both

ancient and contemporary, that it can

be difficult to know where to begin.

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Gaborone’s premier hotel, AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino, perfectly

blends African style with modern luxury. As part of the AVANI global

chain, guests can guarantee high standards of service and outstanding


The resort is located close to the Central Business

District and the beautiful Gaborone Golf Course,

making it a particular favourite among those

visiting the city on business. However, it also

provides an attractive offering for those travelling

for pleasure. Guest accommodations include

196 luxury rooms and suites and a spacious

presidential suite, all designed to capture a

home-away-from-home feel thanks to a tasteful,

African-inspired décor. Amenities include free wifi,

tea and coffee making facilities and satellite

TV, aiding rest and relaxation in the heart of a

busy city.

The resort is also pleased to offer the largest

casino in Botswana – enjoy the thrill of the

tables and inject a little excitement into

your holiday. For those with other pastimes,

additional facilities include a fully serviced gym,

a unisex hair salon, children’s entertainment,

and several outstanding restaurants. Dine

on international favourites at Mahogany

Restaurant, enjoy a fantastic buffet at the

Savuti Grill, and try the full range of in-between

sip or snack options at the Pool and Casino


If you wish to explore the sights of Gaborone

and beyond, the resort offers an exciting range

of tours and excursions, such as a romantic

Mokoldi Game Drive for two, the local artist

experience or the illustrious diamond tour. No

matter that your interests, you are sure to find

something that intrigues your interests at AVANI

Gaborone Resort & Casino.

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Luxury at its finest

Cape Town is world renowned as a food lover’s paradise and nowhere is

this more evident than at Cape Royale Luxury Hotel. The hotel boasts

eight spectacular restaurants and bars, all conveniently located on one floor,

inviting guests to take a culinary journey around the world.

A dazzling range of cuisines is on offer, including

French, Thai, Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern,

allowing visitors to enjoy their favourites or

discover new tastes or indulge the senses.

Visitors will find an eatery to suit every occasion;

the laid-back Shift Espresso Bar is perfect for

unwinding after a long day of sightseeing, while

an evening at the Zenith Sky Bar will add a

touch of romance to special holiday.

When not exploring the full range of

gastronomic delights on offer, guests can also

take advantage of such fantastic amenities.

Indulge in luxurious finishes, opulent design and

decadent sophistication at Casuarina Wellness

Centre, with the famous Table Mountain as

a backdrop to your lavish experience. If you

wish to take advantage of the hotel’s stunning

location, test your skills on the golf course or

relax on the beautiful private beach.

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel offers a selection

of stunning one-three bedroom suites which

feature panoramic views across the city or the

ocean. Amenities include queen size beds,

separate lounge and dining areas, Juliet

balconies and beautiful granite and porcelain

bathrooms with free-standing showers. For

a truly spectacular stay, opt for the deluxe

penthouse suite. Guests of the two-bedroom

rooftop suite are afforded every luxury,

including breakfast, a personal butler, a chef

at your disposal, free parking and a private

terrace and swimming pool overlooking the

Atlantic Ocean.

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Beachfront luxury

What do you picture when you think of an establishment that offers fivestar

beach-front luxury? Whatever image you conjure up, African Oceans

Manor is sure to exceed your every expectation. A stay here is defined by

uninterrupted sea and mountain views, and a peaceful yet sophisticated

atmosphere – the stunning, seaside setting is woven into everyday life,

inspiring a stay that is inspired by the sights and sounds of ocean-front


Guest accommodation is offered in either

African Oceans Manor or the exclusive African

Oceans Villa, the latter providing direct beach

access. All spacious rooms are categorised by

light and airy décor and luxurious amenities,

adding a touch of splendour to your stay.

Facilities include king-size beds, air-conditioning,

flat screen TVS and DVD players and fully

equipped private kitchenettes with microwave

ovens, bar-fridges and coffee and tea making


At African Oceans Manor on the Beach, guests

are encouraged to make the most of the

incredible South African landscape; enjoy a

game of golf, take a family bike ride, relax in

the Jacuzzi, swim in the ocean or enjoy a picnic

at sunset, specially prepared by the hotel’s


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South African wine is renowned the world over, and now visitors can explore

the country’s oldest and most established wine routes with Cape Town

Wine Tours. A trusted wine tour operator, Cape Town Wine Tours offers

day tours to the famed winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Your

tour will include four wine tastings, a walk through historical Stellenbosch

or Franschhoek, pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in central Cape Town,

Sea Point and Camps Bay and a delicious lunch.

For an experience a little more active, opt

instead for the Cape of Good Hope &

Constantia Winelands Tour, which offers a full

Cape Peninsula tour in the morning, followed

by lunch, and wine tastings at two of South

Africa’s oldest and most famous wine estates in

the afternoon.

In addition to group tours, a number of private

excursions are also available. The ‘wine and

dine’ tour combines the best sights of the

winelands (and four tastings) with world-class

cuisine, while the three-day wine tour offers

a flexible schedule, two nights in four-star

accommodation in Franschhoek and a number

of tastings at the best wineries Cape Town has

to offer. For those that truly wish to enjoy an

exclusive introduction to South African wines,

Cape Town Wine Tours can organise tailormade

experiences that offer the chance to

uncover the wine regions not included on the

standard tours.

All tours are led by a knowledgeable team

of guides whose passion for the winelands of

South Africa – and the desire to share their

expertise – shines through.

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