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Africa is a land of extremes, where ancient cultures mix with enthralling attractions.
Theres perhaps nowhere better to start exploring Africa than the bustling, but friendly countries of Algeria and Morocco. Stay in Rabat and youll enjoy browsing exotic jewellery, rugs and leather goods at open-air markets.
Head south to Nigeria and its capital Abuja, and you have the perfect base to travel east to the Yankari Game Reserve. Just as unforgettable is Cameroon, where rainforests and plains lead to the bustling capital of Yaounde.
In the east of the continent is Ethiopia, with its welcoming people, glorious landscapes and the fascinating city of Addis Ababa. While Kenya is home to some world renowned wildlife parks and beautiful beaches.
For a break that is truly out of the ordinary, discover untamed nature and a mass of shimmering forests on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.
South Africa is a truly exhilarating country. Here, you can explore the natural wonders of the Krugersdorp rhino/lion reserve. Durban is home to stunning botanical gardens and beaches, while Johannesburg offers a dynamic daytime and vibrant nightlife.
Picture Egypt and youll probably think of the pharaohs and the last survivor of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World: the Pyramids. But theres a lot more to this country, as youll discover if you take a desert trek or trip down the Nile. Cairo, a world heritage site, is simply unforgettable - from the atmospheric bustle of the souks and Citadel to its world famous museum and the Mohammad Ali Mosque.