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.

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  • 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: Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD)

    From $4,199.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, 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 lo...


  • 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.


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

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture! Overnight in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.


  • Classic: Zanzibar Independent Adventure (TDTZDN)

    From $839.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: 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 cultures.


  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Delta & Falls Overland (Eastbound) (DNFO)

    From $1,349.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, 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 transport to out...


  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Europe Britain Presale 2021 TTUSASThe enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt.


  • Active: Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Zanzibar Adventure (DTOZ)

    From $4,679.00 (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.


  • Elegance of the Nile - Pyramid Deck, Summer 2021

    From $6,050.00 (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...


  • Classic: TailorMade Southern Africa: Cape Town, Safaris & Victoria Falls (DSLTM)

    From $2,859.00 (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.


  • Classic: Cape and Namibia Adventure (DACD)

    From $2,199.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Namibia, South AfricaTrip 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.


  • Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari

    From $8,690.00 (USD)

    Join us on an 10-day family safari in Tanzania, for the ultimate family safari adventure across the African landscape where you'll have an opportunity to view Africa's Big Five on daily game drives in a few of the region's national parks.


  • Classic: Kilimanjaro, Serengeti & Zanzibar (DTTZ)

    From $5,699.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: 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 cultures.


  • GLOBUS 2021: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana (QSE)

    From $6,709.00 (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.


  • National Geographic Journeys: Kruger, Victoria Falls & Namibia (DSVNG)

    From $6,399.00 (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...


  • Classic: Delta & Falls Discoverer (DZDF)

    From $1,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, 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.


  • Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

    From $8,390.00 (USD)

    Enjoy a grand safari adventure in Tanzania plus a visit to the tropical island archipelago of Zanzibar.


  • 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.


  • South Africa: An Elegant Adventure

    From $9,990.00 (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...


  • Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

    From $8,690.00 (USD)

    Enjoy a grand safari adventure in Tanzania plus a visit to the tropical island archipelago of Zanzibar.

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  • 2021: On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania (3550)

    From $3,739.00 (USD)

    Explore magnificent national parks and reserves on this exciting Kenya and Tanzania safari. Your expedition begins in Nairobi as you depart for the Maasai Mara National Reserve-Kenya's most famous game area.

  • 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: 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...

  • Classic: Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKMT)

    From $3,399.00 (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...

  • National Geographic Journeys: Explore Kruger National Park (DSENG)

    From $2,399.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: South AfricaTrip 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...

  • Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids

    From $10,390.00 (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.

  • Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

    From $8,390.00 (USD)

    Enjoy a grand safari adventure in Tanzania plus a visit to the tropical island archipelago of Zanzibar.

  • Magic of Morocco

    From $6,290.00 (USD)

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

  • Wildlife Odyssey: South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe

    From $12,990.00 (USD)

    Our 12-day safari journey takes you inside national parks and private game reserves in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana for unrivaled big game viewing… plus excursions to South African vineyards and wine estates, and the cutting edge of ar...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Moroccan Desert Adventure (DCKK)

    From $729.00 (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...

  • 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.

  • Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari

    From $8,690.00 (USD)

    Join us on an 10-day family safari in Tanzania, for the ultimate family safari adventure across the African landscape where you'll have an opportunity to view Africa's Big Five on daily game drives in a few of the region's national parks.

  • Active: Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Zanzibar Adventure (DTOZ)

    From $4,679.00 (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.

  • 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...

  • 2021: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (6830)

    From $2,099.00 (USD)

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

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  • 3 Continents Cruise Premier

    From $2,659.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Cruise or RailBrochure Type: AWS Europe and Britain 20 21Combine your passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.


  • 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...

 
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