While the continent's diverse and unique wildlife is often all that is mentioned in regards to African travel, as home to the oldest civilizations on the planet, Africa has equally impressive cultures and history. The most famous civilization on the continent, and arguably in the world, is that of ancient Egypt. From the southern city of Abu Simbel to Luxor and all the way north to Alexandria and Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most iconic symbols of this ancient kingdom. Sites from the Nubian-Kushite Kingdom that broke away from Egypt can be found in Sudan, such as Gebel Barkal and many other pyramids in Meroe.

Ethiopia offers many ruins from the ancient Axumite Kingdom where the Queen of Sheba ruled. The obelisks and Dungur ruins in Axum were built prior to the kingdom's conversion to Christianity, while many other great monuments, such as the Ezana Stone and the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, where the Arc of the Covenant is said to be stored, were built after the conversion as religious sites. Other famous Christian structures built later by the kingdom's successor, the Abyssinian Empire, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries, can also be found in Lalibela.

In West Africa, structures from the ancient Mali Empire can be found in Timbuktu and Djenne. Although there are Islamic influences, the architectural style of the Malian Kingdom's mosques are still quite unique and recognizably African. The cliff dwellings in Mali's Dogon Country, built by the Dogon people, are also impressive ancient structures in Mali. Often overshadowed by Africa's other monuments, Sungbo's Eredo in Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, built by the Yoruba people, is actually the largest pre-colonial structure remaining on the continent. Today it towers over the city, covered in vegetation.

Ruins from the ancient Swahili culture can be found in the coastal areas of East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. The Swahili structures combines elements of African architecture with Islamic architecture, which was quite prominent around the 14th century. Some of the most famous Swahili structures include the Gedi Ruins and Pillar Tombs around Malindi and Kilwa Kisiwani. Zanzibar's Stone Town features Swahili structures spanning hundreds of years from its early days to the 18th century.

In Southern Africa, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe have fascinated visitors ever since Europeans discovered them. No one had believed that the inhabitants of black Africa were capable of creating any great monuments on their own until the ruins of this ancient culture were discovered.

Roman structures are scattered throughout North Africa, with the ancient city of Carthage being the most well-known abroad. Many cities, such as Leptis Magna, Timgad, and Dougga feature Roman ruins as impressive as those in Europe itself. Many other European structures can be found throughout the continent, dating back to the earliest days of imperialism.

Tours


  • GLOBUS 2018: Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience (QB)

    From $6,429.00 (USD)

    East Africa-a land of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature's great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania.


  • GLOBUS 2018: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana (QSE)

    From $6,289.00 (USD)

    This South Africa tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


  • GLOBUS 2018: Iberian Vacation with Barcelona (ZWE)

    From $3,741.00 (USD)

    This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco guided tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.


  • South African Adventure Summer 2018

    From $7,125.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Family ExperienceBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018Bundle up your brood and come face-to-face with Africa's magnificent Big 5 on this epic adventure through the wilderness and wonderlands of South Africa.


  • GLOBUS 2018: Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona (ZUE)

    From $4,571.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco escorted tour, you'll experience these three glorious countries with overnights in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.


  • 2018: On Safari in Kenya (3500)

    From $2,849.00 (USD)

    Imagine seeing wildlife-lion, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, flamingo, elephant, and more-in their natural habitat. On this Kenya safari for value-minded travelers, you can!


  • Best of Egypt Summer 2018

    From $2,475.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018Awaken your inner explorer on this expedition through the lush river valleys and golden desert landscapes of Egypt.


  • 2018: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (6830)

    From $1,919.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures.


  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt Summer 2018

    From $3,025.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt, cruising down the life-source of this land to the Graec...


  • GLOBUS 2018: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

    From $3,389.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco guided tour, you'll experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture!

  • Spectacular South Africa

    From $2,999.00 (USD)

    South Africa's cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this fascinating tour.


  • GLOBUS 2018: Iberian Vacation (ZW)

    From $2,559.00 (USD)

    This fantastic escorted tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.


  • 2018: South Africa from the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,139.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour with Victoria Falls has it all!


  • Europe Costsaver 2018: Highlights of Spain Morocco and Portugal Summer 2018

    From $2,075.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostSaverBrochure Type: Europe Costsaver 2018Wander down Madrid's Gran Via, learn the art of haggling in the labyrinthine Medina and travel to the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon.


  • Egyptian Voyager Summer 2018

    From $2,550.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018A tale of a great emperor and beautiful queen are the highlights of this journey past temples, tombs and antiquities, cruising the mighty river Nile from Luxor to Aswan.


  • 2018: Highlights of Morocco (6780)

    From $999.00 (USD)

    Exotic and fascinating, the Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travelers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery that is perfect for value-minded travelers wanting to explore and learn about a new ...

  • Highlights of Morocco

    From $2,449.00 (USD)

    Get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Dine at Rick's Cafe, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film 'Casablanca.' Spend time in the ancient imperial city of Meknes.

  • The Plains of Africa

    From $4,619.00 (USD)

    On a fascinating safari adventure, explore the scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife of Kenya. During your exploration, discover the thriving culture and natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit.


  • GLOBUS 2018: Tanzania The Serengeti & Beyond with Selous (QZE1)

    From $7,769.00 (USD)

    'Karibu!' - welcome in Swahili. Looking for a new adventure? Have you dreamed of seeing wildlife in its native habitat? Do you desire to learn about new cultures? If so, this quintessential Tanzania safari is for you.


  • Egyptian Voyager Summer 2018

    From $2,495.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018A tale of a great emperor and beautiful queen are the highlights of this journey past temples, tombs and antiquities, cruising the mighty river Nile from Luxor to Aswan.

Cruises

Tours

  • GLOBUS 2018: Iberian Vacation (ZW)

    From $2,559.00 (USD)

    This fantastic escorted tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

  • GLOBUS 2018: Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience (QB)

    From $6,429.00 (USD)

    East Africa-a land of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature's great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • GLOBUS 2018: Kenya & Tanzania The Safari Experience with Nairobi (QBQ)

    From $6,799.00 (USD)

    East Africa-a land of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature's great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Treasures of Egypt

    From $2,199.00 (USD)

    The mysteries and treasures of Egypt unfold before you on your journey along the intriguing Nile River. Begin by spending time at the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.

  • GLOBUS 2018: Iberian Vacation with Barcelona (ZWE)

    From $3,741.00 (USD)

    This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco guided tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Best of Egypt Summer 2018

    From $2,475.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018Awaken your inner explorer on this expedition through the lush river valleys and golden desert landscapes of Egypt.

  • South African Adventure Summer 2018

    From $7,125.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Family ExperienceBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018Bundle up your brood and come face-to-face with Africa's magnificent Big 5 on this epic adventure through the wilderness and wonderlands of South Africa.

  • 2018: South Africa from the Cape to Kruger (3800)

    From $2,539.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour has it all! Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment.

  • GLOBUS 2018: Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona (ZUE)

    From $4,571.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco escorted tour, you'll experience these three glorious countries with overnights in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.

  • GLOBUS 2018: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana (QSE)

    From $6,289.00 (USD)

    This South Africa tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  • Highlights of Morocco

    From $2,449.00 (USD)

    Get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Dine at Rick's Cafe, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film 'Casablanca.' Spend time in the ancient imperial city of Meknes.

  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt Summer 2018

    From $3,025.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2018The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt, cruising down the life-source of this land to the Graec...

  • GLOBUS 2018: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls (QS)

    From $3,919.00 (USD)

    This South Africa tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  • Spectacular South Africa

    From $2,999.00 (USD)

    South Africa's cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this fascinating tour.

  • The Plains of Africa

    From $4,619.00 (USD)

    On a fascinating safari adventure, explore the scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife of Kenya. During your exploration, discover the thriving culture and natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit.

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Cruises

Tours


  • GLOBUS 2018: Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience (QB)

    From $6,429.00 (USD)

    East Africa-a land of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature's great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania.


  • 2018: On Safari in Kenya (3500)

    From $2,849.00 (USD)

    Imagine seeing wildlife-lion, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, flamingo, elephant, and more-in their natural habitat. On this Kenya safari for value-minded travelers, you can!

 
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