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


  • Land of Prophets (Summer 2020)

    From $9,850.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Ancient CivilizationsGet up close and personal with the beautiful cultures, iconic antiquities, and inspiring landscapes of Israel, Egypt and Jordan on this heritage journey.


  • Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise Standard (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $4,650.00 (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...


  • GLOBUS 2020/2021: Moroccan Escape (KMAX)

    From $699.00 (USD)

    Your escorted tour of Morocco is an escape from the crowds typically found at busier times of the year. Begin your vacation with a welcome dinner in legendary Casablanca.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond (QZ)

    From $5,379.00 (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.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi & Amboseli (QKY)

    From $6,059.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.


  • Classic: Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Adventure (DTKS)

    From $4,999.00 (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.


  • Wildlife Odyssey: South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe

    From $12,490.00 (USD)

    New for 2020! Our new 12-day safari journey takes you inside national parks and private game reserves in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana for unrivaled big game viewing...


  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,459.00 (USD)

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


  • Classic: Highlights of Morocco (DCMH)

    From $1,399.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: MoroccoTrip 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.


  • 2020: South African Sojourn with Victoria Falls (IQSC)

    From $2,859.00 (USD)


  • 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...


  • 2020: On Safari in Kenya with Nairobi (3504)

    From $2,949.00 (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!


  • Jordan Experience (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.


  • Israel & Jordan (Summer 2020)

    From $5,825.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Ancient CivilizationsStep back into Biblical times, as you see iconic religious sites and uncover hidden gems across Israel and Jordan.


  • Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari

    From $10,790.00 (USD)

    This classic African safari evokes safaris of yesteryear... you'll embark on an expedition to get to know the world's most majestic animals, the 'Big Five,' in their natural habitats within the magnificent national parks of Kenya and Tanzania.


  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Summer 2020

    From $3,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Europe & Britain PremiumA kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.


  • 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 ...


  • Egyptian Voyager

    From $2,775.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: North Africa Preview 2020A 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 Aswan to Luxor.


  • Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

    From $6,990.00 (USD)

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


  • Magic of Morocco

    From $6,190.00 (USD)

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

Cruises

Tours

  • Wildlife Odyssey: South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe

    From $12,490.00 (USD)

    New for 2020! Our new 12-day safari journey takes you inside national parks and private game reserves in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana for unrivaled big game viewing...

  • Elegance of the Pharaohs - Royal Suite, Summer 2020

    From $5,495.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2020 Luxury Gold WorldwideAn inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs.

  • Israel and Jordan

    From $6,990.00 (USD)

    On this multi-dimensional journey through Jordan and Israel, explore historical and cultural connections that define modern day life; in Israel travel from Tel Aviv to the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem, and into Jordan to the Dead Sea, Petra and more.

  • Jordan Experience (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • 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 ...

  • Botswana, South Africa & Zambia

    From $12,990.00 (USD)

    Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth take you on a celebration of Southern Africa's natural world.

  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,459.00 (USD)

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

  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: North Africa Preview 2020The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt.

  • Classic: Highlights of Morocco (DCMH)

    From $1,399.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: MoroccoTrip 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.

  • 2020: 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.

  • Jordan Experience (Summer 2020)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Summer 2020

    From $3,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Europe & Britain PremiumA kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

  • Classic: Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Adventure (DTKS)

    From $4,999.00 (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.

  • Elegance of the Pharaohs - Pyramid Deck, Summer 2020

    From $5,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2020 Luxury Gold WorldwideAn inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs.

  • 2020: On Safari in Kenya with Nairobi (3504)

    From $2,949.00 (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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  • Elegance of the Pharaohs - Pyramid Deck, Summer 2020

    From $5,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2020 Luxury Gold WorldwideAn inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs.


  • GLOBUS 2020/2021: Moroccan Escape (KMAX)

    From $699.00 (USD)

    Your escorted tour of Morocco is an escape from the crowds typically found at busier times of the year. Begin your vacation with a welcome dinner in legendary Casablanca.

 
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