Despite what the media shows you, Africa is more than poverty, struggle and South Africa. With 53 other countries making up the continent, there is so much more Africa to explore. From stunning beaches, high end shopping, tasty culinary experiences and more, Africa is full of bucket list worthy experiences you simply must try. If exploring the Motherland is on your travel wish list (which it should be!), check out these luxury African escapes that go beyond South Africa and show a side to the continent we rarely see.
Though it’s not as high on the travel wish list as its nearby cousin, Tanzania (especially with that $160 visa fee for U.S. citizens…ouch), Mozambique is an luxury African escape on the rise. The hustle and bustle in the capital of Maputo is beautiful with Portuguese-era buildings and their graceful balconies, waterside setting and wide avenues lined with jacaranda and flame trees. Head to the paradise private island of Bazaruto, a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, where you can unwind at Anatara Bazaruto Island Resort. Indulge in the luxury comforts of 44 beach, sea view and pool villas, a revitalizing spa, some of the world’s best scuba diving, and savour gourmet local and world flavors in any of the four dining options.
Ghana isn’t new to the African travel scene, but the luxe side of this bustling, yet vibrant, country is new to most. The newest standard for luxury in West Africa, the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is the largest and most luxurious accommodation available in the city of Accra, with 269 rooms including 22 luxury suites and two presidential suites, the world class luxury Resense Spa, and 24/7 concierge service to meet your every need. Located downtown Accra, the hotel is an oasis in the middle of the city, and provides easy access to stunning beaches and breathtaking waterfalls, wildlife and mouth-watering culinary experiences like pop up dinners with Midunu.
Consistently ranked as one of the best beach destinations in the world, Mauritius is synonymous with African luxury. Located just off the south east coast of Africa, natural beauty, a vibrant culture, crystal clear beaches and breathtaking vistas call Mauritius home. For the ultimate in luxury on the island head to The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, a secluded and luxurious 64 acre tropical sanctuary where you can enjoy world class fishing, golf, wildlife, watersports, full-day kids’ programs, in-villa chefs, private butlers, an on-site sommelier, and nearly every luxe wish your heart could desire, making it one of the best luxury African escapes.
Situated just a short plane ride away from its more well-known sibling South Africa, Namibia is a southwestern African country with German roots. Its interesting cultural mash-up, endless activities and natural wonders cater to every traveler’s style and makes it one of the most unique luxury African escapes. The Namib Desert is perfect for adventure junkies looking to do things like go quad biking over sand dunes or paraglide, but if you’re into total tranquility and romantic luxury, the secluded and serene oasis of &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will be heaven on earth. Spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence and the lodge offers everything from nature filled hikes and stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert. It’s the perfect getaway for honeymooners, couples and families.