Africa is a year-round destination. However, knowing where to go and when is what can take your African adventure to the next level. Our team of Travel Experts are always on-hand to help guide you so that you can make the most of your time on the continent. Here are some of their top picks for African travel in April.
1. Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Formed from the remnants of an ancient lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans are considered the largest collection of salt flats anywhere on our planet. The pans are dry for most of the year or covered in a film of algae. When the wet season’s unpredictable rainfall finally comes, the landscape’s transformation attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, with predators close on their heels. Flamingos and migratory birds also arrive in heir thousands. So, in a matter of days, the desert is brought to life.
There’s nothing quite like roaming across the desolate, hauntingly beautiful landscape by day or taking in its mesmerising night sky lit up in all its splendour. Visitors to the Makgadikgadi Pans during April who get their timing right will be able to witness one of Africa’s lesser-known natural phenomena.
Botswana’s zebra migration sees up to 30,000 animals make a 500km journey across the country in search of prime grazing areas. While often considered the “other migration”, it delivers as much – if not more – drama and excitement than the more commonly known Great Migration further north on the continent. So, if you’re planning African travel in April, then taking the opportunity to experience this is a must!
Our Favourite Property: Jack’s Camp
With accolades from Condé Nast Traveller and Jeremy Clarkson, Jack’s Camp is undoubtedly one of the world’s most extreme desert vacation destinations. Set in what feels like the middle of nowhere along the Ntwetwe Pan of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, this incredible lodge is quite unlike anything on Earth.
Jack’s Camp allows you to discover all of the magic of the Makgadikgadi Pans in luxury tented camps, a haven that stands in stark contrast to the harsh landscape surrounding you. Activities include interacting with and learning about the fascinating Bushman culture that’s fast becoming extinct, marvelling at how they live off the land and track animals.
2. Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park is a prime destination in Namibia and home to enormous dunes, some up to 325m tall.
Guests can attempt to conquer Big Daddy, one of the tallest dunes in the world. Or, they can wander along the outskirts of the Deadvlei pan’s alien-like landscape, dotted with petrified 800-year old camelthorn trees.
One of the best ways to truly experience the Namib is to take to the skies in either a scenic flight or a hot air balloon, offering a new perspective of the area. The cooler winter months between April and October are best for visiting Sossusvlei as conditions are less extreme and the sun far less potent.
Our Favourite Property: Little Kulala
You certainly won’t get bored as there are many activities, including guided quad biking, 4×4 game drives and hot air balloon rides. And, as night falls, you can head out for a walk under the star-lit sky to meet some of the fascinating local insect species glowing under UV torchlight.
Each of the 11 thatched suites is an oasis of comfort and luxury. The climate control, private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and romantic rooftop beds all ensure a memorable stay.
3. Madikwe, South Africa
Arguably South Africa’s best malaria-free safari destination, Madikwe Game Reserve, is a haven for wildlife and safari enthusiasts. Frequent Big 5 and endangered African wild dog sightings promise thrilling safaris. And this is set against an unusual backdrop of bushveld and grassland, sloping mountains and rocky outcrops.
A fascinating story of ecotourism’s role in Africa, Madikwe was once a vast tract of land used for cattle farming. Now returned to its natural state, the reserve is home to over 10,000 mammals and 350 bird species.
The park is managed by the South African government, while the private sector profits from the lodges found within it. As a result, these lodges employ locals and play a key role in initiatives that ensure a sustainable future for conservation and community upliftment.
Our Favourite Property: Jamala Madikwe
Jamala Madikwe not only promises exceptional experiences but consistently delivers them. The personal touch of an owner-managed lodge is abundantly clear, with nothing but the highest standards. Their desire for excellence is evident, from the expertise of the staff and guides to the elegant décor.
Each of the five free-standing villas overlooks the lodge’s private watering hole, luring thirsty animals and birdlife throughout the day. One of the highlights includes a dip in your private rim-flow pool, staring out at the African bush.
4. Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari, is a destination fit for the discerning safari enthusiast. The distinctive Kalahari desert ecosystem differs dramatically from conventional safari destinations. Therefore, it’s also one of the best places to see diverse and unusual wildlife. These include desert-adapted black rhino, black-maned lions, aardvark and, if you’re lucky, pangolin. Mild autumn weather and golden sunsets make Tswalu Kalahari a fantastic destination for African travel in April.
One of the top reasons we love this reserve is its flexibility and exclusivity. Each booking includes a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker. Therefore, your dedicated team offers the freedom to choose how you want to spend your day. Activities include night drives, visiting meerkat, horseback safaris, or bush picnics – the choice is yours!
Tswalu experiences dramatic changes between dry and wet seasons, affecting the landscapes and types of wildlife. Therefore, it’s the perfect destination for returning guests seeking a luxury stay in a vastly different safari destination.
Our Favourite Property: Tswalu Motse Lodge
Tswalu Motse hosts visitors in luxurious and elegant ‘Legaes’, the local Tswana word that translates to “small house”. Each ‘Legae’ is made from stone, red-sand clay, and thatch from the Kalahari. You also have a private sun deck overlooking stunning Kalahari views, the perfect spot for your morning brew.
Guests can enjoy a selection of exceptional dining experiences. From sundowners on lantern-lit dunes, boma dining and fine dining at a Michelin star chef-led restaurant, Klein Jan, it’s a feast for all your senses!
African Travel in April Awaits!
African travel in April is perfect for those looking for something a little outside the norm. Broaden your horizons and take a closer look at the array of wonders that Africa offers.
Ready to get going right away? Our team of African Travel Experts are on-hand to get the ball rolling. Or, if you’re planning further ahead, take a look at our African Travel Calendar to choose the perfect time to visit your dream destination.