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ROAR AFRICA is the luxury African specialist dedicated to delivering the kind of life-changing luxury experiences that are entirely customizable and utterly authentic. Led by Zimbabwean/South African born and New York-based CEO and founder Deborah Calmeyer, ROAR AFRICA’s ability to match clients to once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that inspire adventure is made possible by her team’s extensive insider knowledge and an armada of on-the-ground contacts. ‘Our trips are the curation of a comfortable yet intimate lens through which our guests get to experience the untouched majesty of the Africa,’ says Deborah. "I am sharing Africa from its roots — a culmination of over 300 years of my family living here and traversing this land.” And in 11 years of business she's proud that they have never done the same itinerary twice – proof positive that paradise is entirely personal.

Botswana

Botswana

Home to the world’s largest inland wetland system, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is something of a natural phenomenon thanks …

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Kenya

Kenya

With an abundant array of rich landscape and diversity of wildlife, Kenya is arguably East Africa’s most popular luxury …

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Madagascar

Madagascar

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is not only the oldest geological island on earth, it’s also the 4th …

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Mauritius

Mauritius

‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven,’ said Mark Twain in 1896. With its beautiful sandy, and in parts black volcanic …

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Mozambique

Mozambique

Whether it’s swimming with whale sharks, giant manta rays and the rare dugong, or escaping to the relative isolation …

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Namibia

Namibia

With just 2,4 million inhabitants spread across a landmass twice the size of California, there’s an awful lot of isolation …

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Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda gets our vote for rising above its war-torn past to become one of the safest countries in Africa and …

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Seychelles

Seychelles

Escapism is taken to new and heady heights in the Seychelles, an Indian island nation of some 115 coral and granitic …

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South Africa

South Africa

The sheer geographical, cultural and experiential diversity of this country on the southernmost tip of Africa cannot be adequately described …

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Tanzania

Tanzania

From hot air balloon rides above the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken and unflooded volcano caldera in the world, to …

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Uganda

Uganda

Often overlooked in favor of Kenya or Tanzania, Uganda is not called the ‘pearl of Africa’ for nothing. Located at …

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Zambia

Zambia

Probably best known for its spectacular view of Victoria Falls, Zambia is blessed with more natural water resources than any …

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

The kindness of locals will set your Zimbabwean experience apart from any other travel in Africa. Along with some truly …

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Botswana

Home to the world’s largest inland wetland system, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is something of a natural phenomenon thanks to 15,000 square km of desert that is transformed annually into a luxuriant wilderness of flood plain, forest, streams, and lagoons. As such Botswana is the only country in Africa where you can experience a luxury African safari on both land and water in luxury safari or tented camps. Here, an incredible 38% of the area is reserved for wildlife and nature conservation. Don’t miss the sheer magic of the Kalahari, a semi-desert area covering some 900,000 square km where you might spend a night under the stars beneath an ancient baobab. Or the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt pans in the world and an important habitat for migrating wildebeest, Africa’s biggest zebra population, and greater flamingos.

Why go?
Thanks to Botswana’s progressive attitude towards the protection and conservation of wildlife, a visit here is an opportunity to witness wildlife in a pristine wilderness setting. Set within an environment committed to low-density, low-impact tourism, Botswana has the highest concentration of elephants on the planet, the greatest variety of mammals in Africa and a huge predator population that makes for a truly unsurpassable luxury African safari experience.

Botswana
Travel Time
The winter months from May to October are best with warm days but chilly nights.
Forecast
Summer rainfall, temperatures reaching 90°F and up. Winter temperatures 78°F on average.

Kenya

With an abundant array of rich landscape and diversity of wildlife, Kenya is arguably East Africa’s most popular luxury African safari destination. As such it’s home to iconic attractions such as the Great Rift Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the much celebrated Maasai Mara National Reserve; the Amboseli National Park, and Tsavo National Park to name but a few. Don’t miss Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa nor the annual Wildebeest migration, one of the most breathtaking natural spectacles on Earth. Kenya’s ability to captivate the most seasoned of travelers with friendly locals, multi-cultural cities and world-class game reserves and lodges makes this a must-visit luxury African safari destination. Make sure you see the Maasai, Kenya’s most authentic ethnic tribe whose distinctive decorative dress and customs have become a symbol of Kenyan culture.

Why go?
When seen as a microcosm of Africa, Kenya is ‘hands down’ the best luxury African safari destination, for the sheer of variety of experiences on offer, along with exceptional wildlife, palm-lined beaches, and fascinating indigenous culture.

Kenya
Travel Time
The dry months from late June to October are good for wildlife and the migration.
Forecast
75°F during the day, dropping to 50°F at night.

Madagascar

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is not only the oldest geological island on earth, it’s also the 4th largest having broken off from Gondwana some 165 million years ago. Since then it’s developed its own unique ecosystems where freaks of nature have survived due to an absence of large predators. With over 200 000 species of wildlife and more than 10 000 plant species, of which 90% are found nowhere else on earth, you may get to see giant moths with super-long tongues, leaf-tailed geckos and a bug-eyed lemur once thought to occupy an evolutionary spot between a squirrel and a woodpecker. Madagascar is also home to more than 100 types of lemurs and 50% of the world’s chameleon population. A visit here is nothing short of other-worldly with visits to the spectacular mineral forest of the Tsingy de Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a must. There are many excellent nature reserves and parks to explore on the mainland, as well as the Lokobe National Park and The Tanikely Reserve on the island of Nosey Be, just off the northwest coast.

Why go?
It truly is one of most jaw-dropping and fascinating wildlife hotspots on earth where animals and plants have evolved in isolation for more than 60 million years. As the late British Naturalist Gerald Durrell who travelled here many times said: ‘It is an island filled with magic.’ Prepare to be awed.

Madagascar
Travel Time
The dry months from May to September.
Forecast
Temperatures vary from the north to the south of the island, but average daytime temperatures peak at about 72°F from May to September, dropping to around 50°F at night.

Mauritius

‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven,’ said Mark Twain in 1896. With its beautiful sandy, and in parts black volcanic beaches, it is an adage that still holds true today. As an island destination, Mauritius boasts wild waterfalls, lush forestation, and a rich cultural and culinary heritage derived from the island’s various periods of Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, French and British rule. And as the original Indian Ocean island destination, Mauritius has a tried-and-tested hotel scene offering world-class accommodation as well as activities ranging from designer golf courses (by the likes of Gary Player, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer and more) to spa retreats and shopping experiences. It’s also a windsurfing mecca and it has some great surf spots.

Why go?
It’s just a short flight from South Africa and a wonderful beach breakaway after a luxury African safari. The hotel industry has long enthralled travelers and the entire island is surrounded by healthy coral reef, with clear blue lagoons out of reach of predatory fish that allow for great snorkeling and diving. You are likely to be rewarded with sightings of whales and dolphins.

Mauritius
Travel Time
All year is good but the winter months from May to December are pleasantly mild.
Forecast
Moderate temperatures vary from mid-70°F at sea level, to upper 60°F on the high plateau.

Mozambique

Whether it’s swimming with whale sharks, giant manta rays and the rare dugong, or escaping to the relative isolation of the Niassa Reserve, Mozambique gets our vote for its ability to offer authentic African bush and marine safari experiences in world-class game reserves and beach lodges. Highlights of a visit to this truly African destination include Bazaruto Archipelago, and the Quirimbas archipelago, a group of 32 islands in Quirimbas National Park where you can island-hop between the nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ibo Island, once a historic trading center, to the less developed but no less fascinating and relaxing Qualilea Island and Vamizi Islands.

Why go?
Undeveloped, off-the-beaten-track and definitely untamed, Mozambique offers incredible luxury safari experiences on both land and sea, as well as true immersion in an intoxicating mix of Portuguese and African culture.

Mozambique
Travel Time
The dry season, May to November.
Forecast
The average temperature is about 82°F.

Namibia

With just 2,4 million inhabitants spread across a landmass twice the size of California, there’s an awful lot of isolation in Namibia…and therein lies its appeal. Home to one of the oldest deserts in the world, Namibia offers an otherworldly experience from the rugged beauty of the Skeleton Coast Park with its eerie shipwrecks to the 130km long, game-rich Etosha National Park and the Etosha Pan that can be seen from space. Not forgetting the Namib-Naukluft Park, Namiba’s largest conservation area and home to the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the spectacular Sesriem Canyon. Cultural highlights include interactions with the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer societies, the San People; as well as the Himba Tribe, who still live a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle in the remote northwest of the country. Not to mention the plethora of luxury tented camps and safari lodges, where the stark beauty, endless landscapes, and desert-adapted wildlife take center stage.

Why go?
For solitude and silence amidst incredible landscapes, geology, rock-art
an unmatched stargazing.

Namibia
Travel Time
Weather is good all year round but June to October is good for warm days and cool nights.
Forecast
During the winter months, average daytime temperatures reach about 72°F, while at night the temperature drops to 45°F. Summer temperatures peak at an average 88°F.

Rwanda

Rwanda gets our vote for rising above its war-torn past to become one of the safest countries in Africa and the 9th safest country in the world (according to the World Economic Forum). Combining wildlife and adventure with a high-value, low-impact eco-tourism model, a trip to Rwanda is experiential travel at its best, with world-class eco hotels, an incredible food scene and that most essential of holiday factors: good coffee.

Why go?
Rwanda is also one of only three countries globally where you can still see mountain gorillas in the rainforests of the Virunga Mountains. The Nyungwe Forest National Park, known as the Amazon of Africa, is another must-see for the opportunity to track chimpanzees or spot the elusive golden monkeys and troops of the white colobus monkeys.

Rwanda
Travel Time
During the long dry season from June to mid-September.
Forecast
Temperatures hover around 75°F in the lower areas, but are a much cooler 55°F in the higher mountains during the day.

Seychelles

Escapism is taken to new and heady heights in the Seychelles, an Indian island nation of some 115 coral and granitic islands, located just a few degrees south of the equator. Defined by picture-perfect boulder-strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Aldabra and Vallée de Mai. With a plethora of world-class eco-retreats and hotels on offer, the Seychelles is a must-visit beach breakaway after a luxury African safari experience.

Why go?
The Seychelles transcends new heights of sybaritic pleasure with eco-retreats that marry haute couture with barefoot luxury in pristine marine conservancies where nature takes centre stage.

Seychelles
Travel Time
Temps are good all-year round but optimum weather is June to September.
Forecast
Average daily temperatures in the winter months reach highs of about 82°F.

South Africa

The sheer geographical, cultural and experiential diversity of this country on the southernmost tip of Africa cannot be adequately described by its ever-changing landscapes, statuesque mountain ranges, pristine beaches, spectacular wilderness areas (home to the Big Five), lush winelands and world-class cities. From deserts to wetlands, savannah to forest, the only constant in South Africa is change.

Why go?
From Cape Town to Johannesburg, you will discover world-class cities, fabulous food scenes, game-rich wilderness areas, award-winning winelands, spectacular natural scenery, pristine coastal reserves and eight World Heritage Sites, no wonder it is known as ‘the world in one country’.

South Africa
Travel Time
Safaris are good during the winter months from May to September while the coastal cities are good in summer from September to March.
Forecast
Average daytime temperatures of 73°F in winter, dropping as low as 43°F at night.

Tanzania

From hot air balloon rides above the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken and unflooded volcano caldera in the world, to the Serengeti National Park, the venue for the annual migration of more than a million zebra, wildebeest and antelope, to the spectacular scenery of Kilimanjaro and Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania’s much more than just a premier safari destination. As is evidenced by Tanzania’s oft-overlooked Zanzibar Archipelago where some 50 uncrowded islands await with their electric blue waters and white sandy beaches.

Why go?
This premier safari destination truly has it all and in close proximity with easy access to the Big Five, the annual migration, adventure expeditions on Kilimanjaro and the rich cultural and marine life of Zanzibar’s coastline and the archipelago of islands.

Tanzania
Travel Time
The dry season from late June to October.
Forecast
Average temperatures of 72°F during the day and around 48°F at night.

Uganda

Often overlooked in favor of Kenya or Tanzania, Uganda is not called the ‘pearl of Africa’ for nothing. Located at the confluence of East and West Africa, the landscape transforms from lush, primate-friendly rainforest to arid savannah and is home to a large variety of plains game, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants and the like. In recent years, cultural immersion with the launch of the Batwa ‘Pygmy People’ Cultural Trail, provides fascinating insights into the lives of these nomadic hunter-gatherers who were the first residents of the forests that stretch across much of Uganda.

Why go?
This tiny landlocked country lays claim to Africa’s largest lake, part of its highest mountain range and the source of the world’s longest river. We also like that it’s somewhat off the beaten track.

Uganda
Travel Time
The dry seasons from June to August and December to February.
Forecast
Consistent temperatures year-round averaging 80°F during the day and 62°F at night.

Zambia

Probably best known for its spectacular view of Victoria Falls, Zambia is blessed with more natural water resources than any other southern African country. This is also the country that started walking safaris way back in the 50s – certainly the purest and most thrilling way to experience wildlife. A visit to Zambia promises an uncrowded, deeply authentic and down-to-earth safari adventure.

Why go?
Over 33% of the country is designated to national parks and Zambia has some of the best guides in the world.

Zambia
Travel Time
The dry season from May to October.
Forecast
Average daytime temperatures of 75°F, dropping as low as 48°F at night.

Zimbabwe

The kindness of locals will set your Zimbabwean experience apart from any other travel in Africa. Along with some truly magnificent natural scenery and remarkable wildlife. Whether you are experiencing the magic of Victoria Falls (one of the seven natural wonders of the world) or the magnitude of Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake. Don’t miss Mana Pools National Park and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Why go?
In the 80s, Zimbabwe was the original safari destination with the finest
hotels and lodges to its credit. Since then, the country’s political and economic woes have made their mark but since the adoption of the American dollar as the country’s currency, things have started to turn. Don’t miss adventure activities such as white-water rafting, gorge swinging, house boating and bungee jumping.

Zimbabwe
Travel Time
The dry season from May to October.
Forecast
During winter, the average daytime temperatures are 80°F, while at night the temperatures can be as low as 44°F.