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


  • Egypt: Jewels of the Nile

    From $8,190.00 (USD)

    New for 2020! Cruise the Nile in search of ancient Egyptian temples and antiquities on a 10-day journey that includes 4 nights aboard a luxury riverboat, and shore excursions in Aswan, Luxor, and Old Cairo.


  • Wonders of Egypt - Preview 2021

    From $3,025.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Beyond PreviewIncredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this trip only gets better.


  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Coastal Morocco (DCKE)

    From $529.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: MoroccoTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and privat...


  • Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids

    From $10,790.00 (USD)

    New for 2020! Explore the awe-inspiring wonders of ancient Jordan and Egypt on this 13-day journey from the Dead Sea to Cairo, including a 3-night cruise on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor aboard a luxury riverboat.


  • GLOBUS 2021: Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Zanzibar (QBE)

    From $8,219.00 (USD)

    Africa conjures up dreamy images of mystical mountains, savanna grasslands, and endless plains, but for the adventure seeker, it's where the wild things are.


  • GLOBUS 2021: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls (QS)

    From $4,299.00 (USD)

    Want the lion's share of colorful cities, private game reserves, natural wonders, and wondrous wildlife? Point your compass south for the diverse and enchanting sights of South Africa and Zimbabwe.


  • Classic: Classic Serengeti & Zanzibar (DKWZ)

    From $3,169.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic ofTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cu...


  • South Africa: An Elegant Adventure

    From $10,890.00 (USD)

    From exploring private game reserves with outstanding wildlife viewing to wine tasting, a private game reserve to a historic colonial hotel, amazing waterfalls and cosmopolitan chic...


  • 2021: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger (3800)

    From $2,679.00 (USD)

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


  • National Geographic Journeys: Tanzania Safari Experience (DTTNG)

    From $3,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Tanzania, United Republic ofTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Upgraded All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and p...


  • Active: Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route (DTKR)

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Tanzania, United Republic ofTrip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the worldHungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinationss No sweat.


  • Spain, Morocco and Portugal

    From $3,475.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional ExplorerBrochure Type: Europe & Britain 2021Every day is an adventure on this Spain, Portugal and Morocco trip, whether you're enjoying a traditional barbeque with the Albaserrada family at their farm in Andalusia, celebrating Por...


  • National Geographic Journeys: Southern Africa Highlights (DSTNG)

    From $7,099.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Namibia, South Africa, ZimbabweTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Upgraded All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded an...


  • National Geographic Journeys: Morocco Journey (DCMNG)

    From $1,899.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: MoroccoTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Upgraded All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, inc...


  • 2021: Jewels of Africa with Chobe National Park Area (IQBF)

    From $4,469.00 (USD)


  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Ultimate Africa (DSUA)

    From $8,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia, ZimbabweTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Camping Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Camping most ni...


  • GLOBUS 2021: Iberian Discovery & Morocco (ZW)

    From $2,499.00 (USD)

    Variety is the spice of life-and of every great vacation. In addition to the flavorful ports, sherries, and sangrias Spain and Portugal are famous for, this tour of the Iberian Peninsula adds the tantalizing taste of Morocco to your rich itinerary.


  • Best of Morocco

    From $2,325.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Preview Europe and Britain 2022An in-depth Morocco trip featuring all the exciting sights, sounds and flavours befitting of its status as the gateway to Africa.


  • Mountain Gorilla Safari: Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda

    From $20,690.00 (USD)

    From the Big Five to silverbacked Mountain Gorillas, wildlife is the draw on this 16-day safari through Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda where game drives and mountain treks reward you with once-in-a-lifetime encounters with animals, both endemic and endan...


  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Dunes, Deltas and Falls (Southbound) (DZLD)

    From $2,849.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, ZimbabweTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Camping Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout Private tr...

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  • Active: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure (DTKZ)

    From $3,549.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Tanzania, United Republic ofTrip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the worldHungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinationss No sweat.

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: East Africa Overland (DUGZ)

    From $4,449.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of, UgandaTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Camping Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout Private ...

  • Classic: Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ)

    From $2,749.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Mozambique, South Africa, SwazilandTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cu...

  • Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids

    From $10,790.00 (USD)

    New for 2020! Explore the awe-inspiring wonders of ancient Jordan and Egypt on this 13-day journey from the Dead Sea to Cairo, including a 3-night cruise on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor aboard a luxury riverboat.

  • Magic of Morocco

    From $5,990.00 (USD)

    Morocco... ancient cities, medinas, kasbahs, and souks... windswept coastline and desert treasures...

  • Classic: Classic Serengeti & Zanzibar (DKWZ)

    From $3,169.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic ofTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cu...

  • Elegance of the Nile - Pharaoh Deck, Winter 2021-2022

    From $5,750.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021-2022 WorldwideThe father of African rivers the Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the cen...

  • 2021: 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 ...

  • Athens & Three Continents Cruise Standard (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,425.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Northern Morocco on a Shoestring (DCCK)

    From $699.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: MoroccoTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and privat...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Serengeti to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV)

    From $3,499.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia, ZimbabweTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Camping Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and t...

  • The Plains of Africa

    From $4,299.00 (USD)

    An unforgettable safari adventure waits for you in Africa. In Swahili, 'Safari' means Journey. To you, it will mean that - and so much more. Explore the magnificent vistas of Kenya, home to incredible wildlife, from cheetahs to wildebeests.

  • Classic: TailorMade Southern Africa: Cape Town, Kruger & Zimbabwe (DSCZTM)

    From $3,259.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: South Africa, ZimbabweTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.

  • 2021: South African Sojourn with Victoria Falls & Chobe Area (IQSG)

    From $3,849.00 (USD)

  • Spectacular South Africa - Summer 2021

    From $7,325.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021-2022 WorldwideA showcase of beautiful wilderness, eclectic cultures, warm hospitality and rich heritage, this journey will take you from cosmopolitan Cape Town into the heart of Big Five territory.

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  • GLOBUS 2021: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    Embark on this gripping tour through the dramatic landscapes of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.


  • Elegance of the Nile - Pharaoh Deck, Winter 2021-2022

    From $5,750.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021-2022 WorldwideThe father of African rivers the Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the cen...

 
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