AFRICA

MOROCCO

The Kingdom of Morocco is a land of legend and a melting pot of many different civilizations; a mixture of Berbers, Arabs, and the Saharan nomads. It is a complex geographical landscape from snow-capped mountains, forests of cedar, sandy plains and deserts as well as beautiful coastal vistas with both Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.

 

The soils are most generous to the people of Morocco, oil bearing argon and olive trees, palms, orange and almond trees, maze, barley and wheat and for us grapes.

Though it is predominately an Islamic country it is open to wine. Morocco is going through a renewal of wine production that stands out in the culinary world. There are five wine-producing regions in Morocco. Situated between Casablanca and Rabat, Domaine Ouled Thaleb is the oldest and most prominent winery, it is most noteworthy for its Rose. It produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Cinsault and Faranah, a white grape indigenous to the area.

Moroccan cuisine is all about embracing different styles, textures, and aromas. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. Although some spices have been imported to Morocco through the Arabs for thousands of years, many ingredients—like saffron come from Talaouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fes—are home-grown. Twenty-seven spices are combined for the famous Moroccan spice mixture ras el hanout.

Highlights

  • Follow the zig zagging ice-blue alleys of Chefchaouen in the Riff Mountains

  • Stay in a Riad in Marrakesh or at the famous palace of La Mamounia

  • Get lost in the labyrinthine of the souk in Fes, a scene out of medieval times

  • Spend a night in the desert, relax around a brush wood campfire after your camel caravan has trekked beneath soaring dunes

  • Fill your suitcase with all the different fragrant spices from the medina

  • Stand in awe of the Roman remains of Volubilis;  bronze statues, marble columns on an ancient plateau

  • Cook at Tagine after learning how to make handmade maftoul.

  • Head high in the Atlas Mountains to see verdant green valleys barely touched by time and rarely seen by tourists.

UNDER THE SOUTHER SKIES

OF AFRICA

Kenya – Namibia – Botswana – Tanzania – Zambia – Victoria Falls – South Africa

Multi-faceted Africa offers more than you can imagine with an abundance of adventures, cultural activities, magnificent landscapes and meaningful memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Beside the Big Five and so many other animals; plus the food and wine scene has gained international acclaim.

The historic winelands regions in South Africa’s Dutch influenced Stellenbosch and French Huguenots Franschhoek.  In 1685 vines were planted on 750 hectares founding what would be known as Constantia Wine Estate. Described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards, Klein Constantia is part of that original estate set amidst ancient trees and lush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg.

There is a full range of accommodations from sustainable mobile camps, glamping and downright luxurious villas among the trees, over rivers, deltas and in craters. Nothing could be more enriching then combining peoples, the food and wine, and the wildlife experiences Africa offers.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • See and hear the thunders’ smoke at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

  • Float down Chobe River and the 1,000 mile long Okavango Delta to view the wildlife

  • Morning wakeup call by lions chuffing and elephants trumpeting will send thrills through you and peak your excitement of the day to come.

  • Visit cosmopolitan Cape Town is one of the most glorious coastal cities in the world with Lions Head and Table Mountain.

  • Fly over the Riff Valley from Nairobi to Mara

  • Stay in the shadows of Kilimanjaro and sit around the Boma fire pit wrapped in a blanket sharing stories of the day.

  • Set out into the highlands and discover the magic of the Samburu people; then head to the Masi Mara traveling with the Maasai as your guides.

  • Drive along the gorgeous Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Hermanus and hopefully watch the whales breaching.

  • Paarl isn’t just known for its vineyards but as the historic spice route situated on the slopes of the scenic Paarl Mountains.

Boxed Suggestions:

Bushcamp Company

Zambia Islands of Siankaba Zambia
Kwando Safaris Botswana
Lemala East Africa

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