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Travelling within Africa means fewer visa hassles, shorter flights and an opportunity to discover popular gems in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The festive deals may be over but here are incredible destinations in Africa to travel to during the first half of the year.

Kenya

This may seem like an obvious entry but hear us out. There is a reason the Kenyan coast is described as magical. From the crystal clear waters of Watamu, white sandy beaches of Diani, rich culture of Lamu and Malindi, there is so much to discover and enjoy especially when the December crowds have left. Each city or town has a number of properties that add a different level of experience to your trip. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

Botswana

You might be wondering why we’re suggesting a country that is usually in the middle of their heavy rainy season in January but don’t count them out. When it rains the desert is transformed into a green sea of wildlife, birds and seasonal plants. The Kalahari isn’t as popular a destination as the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park so you’ll be sure to have lots of space and find affordable accommodation. 

Zanzibar

Here is another entry that might seem obvious. Zanzibar soared in popularity in the past decade for a reason. A myriad of hotels and BnBs have opened up to accommodate a variety of tourists which means you will be spoiled for choice on where to stay, eat and what to do. Check out our Zanzibar issue to discover this island gem. 

Malawi 

The warm heart of Africa is an understatement used to describe this landlocked country. From deep red sunsets, friendly locals and a wide selection of international hotels, you will wonder why you never thought of travelling here in the first place. Choose to immerse yourself in their rich culture, discover life by the lake or go on a sightseeing mission and spot all the wildlife you can. There’s something for everyone here. 

Uganda

This country is more than just a festival spot. Avid hikers will be thrilled to learn that during the drier months, Bwindi National Park is the perfect spot to go hiking and spot the odd gorilla. You’d be surprised to find out how popular this is though so book early! When you’re done with all of that take an adrenaline-filled break in Jinja where you can either join in on river-based activities such as white-water rafting and kayaking or stick to dry land and go mountain biking or quad biking. 

South Africa

You may have heard about this famous tour route but if you haven’t, allow us to introduce you to your 2020 road trip. This smooth route takes you through Cape Town to Port Elizabeth filled with dozens of sights, activities and pit stops including forests, lagoons and caves. School holidays end mid-January so book your trip from the end of January for a hassle-free trip.

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