There are plenty of inspiring places you might choose to spend Easter, from witnessing the Holy Week processions in Seville, to making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. But if you’re not a practising Christian, or you simply want to enjoy a totally different experience this year, leave a note for the Easter Bunny telling him where to find you and jump on a plane to Africa. It’s the ideal season to explore some of our favourite destinations, and the over commercialisation of Easter seems a million miles away.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
It’s been quite a year for Zimbabwe, and as Easter traditionally marks a period of rebirth, it seems quite fitting to go now. April is one of the best months to see the spectacular Victoria Falls: it is a multi-sensory experience which will leave you in awe of nature’s power.
David Livingstone is believed to have been the first European to witness the waterfalls in 1855. He named them after Queen Victoria, though the local Tonga name — “The Smoke That Thunders”— often seems more apt. You’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of places to stay. The Victoria Falls Hotel is the grand old lady of colonial-style accommodation, but we also love the Matetsi River Lodge, which is on a private game reserve a short distance outside the town.
Damaraland may not be a name you are familiar with, but this stunning desert region of Namibia is at its finest in April. The dry season will have only just started, and there will still be a crisp freshness in the early morning air.
The place to stay in Damaraland is Mowani Mountain Camp, is a camp like no other. Situated on a high rocky, outcrop in a picture perfect location, you will have front row seats for some of the most incredible sunsets in Africa. The tents are orientated to ensure you get the best views of the Damaraland landscapes and the fascinating desert adapted wildlife which wanders across it.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
As the long, grey months of winter are still dragging on in the UK, we can think of no better escape than to the sunshine, sand, and surf of the Seychelles. Fregate Island fits the bill perfectly: there’s only one camp on the island, Fregate Island Lodge, so your stay will not only be relaxing, but secluded as well.
The draw is Fregate Island’s crystal clear water, the pearly white beaches, and the first-rate diving and snorkelling sites. Within the lodge complex there are also two freshwater pools, integrated into a natural rock basin, and a sunset dip here is nothing short of sublime.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Our fifth and final choice for travelling this Easter is Botswana’s Okavango Delta. By April the water channels will be full, so you can get exceptionally close to the elephant, buffalo, and aquatic antelope on a mokoro canoe safari.
A perennial favourite in Botswana is Stanley’s Camp, which is situated on a private reserve. The camp is set around ancient trees, and each tent has a raised patio that gives you incredible views of the floodplains.
The wetland is one of the greatest wildlife experiences, and a real contrast to the dry savannah safaris of East Africa.
There’s still time to arrange your Easter escape, whether you’re restricted to school holidays days or can travel either side for a longer, child free adventure. Call a member of the Africa Exclusive team today and we’ll be delighted to discuss Easter travel ideas with you.
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