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Africa is a bucket-list continent for many travelers. While lots come for the chance to glimpse its exotic animals like elephants, lions and zebras, there’s a whole lot more on offer, from dazzling jewel-like islands with pristine white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters to mountains for hiking, magnificent cities and much more. With Airbnb now featuring listings in just about every corner of the globe, you’ll find plenty here too – these are some of the top wish-list options to choose from.
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These two-bedroom cottages are located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy of Laikipia, Kenya and have an open-plan living room, fireplace and dining area with flaps that unzip onto a large private veranda that overlooks acacia trees. They provide easy access to the wilderness area, including views of animals and the river where elephants, lion and other creatures pass by. While each one is independent and self-catering, a chef is on call for guest requests. Fully-inclusive options are available too which cover game drives, a guide, a vehicle, full board meals and drinks.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, often referred to as the “eighth continent,” due to its distinctive ecology that has allowed a unique and endemic island to evolve. It’s the only place on the planet to see lemurs, and one of the best ways to experience it is to stay at this luxe family villa located in the private residential area known as “Cap Doré” in Madagascar’s north-west region. It’s just five minutes from stunning Andilana Beach and provides a spectacular panorama of the Indian Ocean and surrounding islands. There’s an infinity pool with incredible views and lots of other desirable amenities like a fully-equipped kitchen that opens to a large outdoor terrace.
This beautiful apartment faces the gorgeous white sands of Kiwengwa, with its own private beach area framed by the Indian Ocean’s cerulean waters. It has a mix of Italian and African decor with lots of high-tech amenities. There’s a 55″ HDTV, DVD player, Play Station 3, satellite Wi-Fi and satellite TV with more than 1,000 channels from across the globe. It also features digital temperature control, emergency lights indoors and out, and an impressive DVD library. Other highlights include the Italian kitchen, high-quality bathrobes and a private laundry room.
Glen Beach Villa sleeps up to six in three bedrooms, located in a suburb of Cape Town, Camps Bay, opposite Glen Beach. You’ll be just a two-minute walk from the beach while enjoying breathtaking 360 degree views of the sea and mountains from the property, along with a swimming pool, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. There are floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open across the entire the width of the property onto a spacious balcony in the living and kitchen area, while the master bedroom has a modest balcony. Other bedrooms open to the large deck/pool area that faces Lions Head.
This luxurious beach bungalow boasts a stunning 360-degree view with glass windows on every side showcasing Table Mountain and the sea. From just about every vantage point you’ll be able to enjoy impressive landscapes along with high-end perks like a Jacuzzi, outdoor hot shower and BBQ, flat-screen satellite TV in all rooms with built-in speakers for music throughout. There’s a fully-equipped open plan kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, accommodating up to six guests.
Morocco’s “Blue City,” Chefchaouen, is a famously beautiful blue dream, with its brightly colored architecture nestled in the Rif Mountains. Row after row of buildings in its center are covered in blue paint in shades that range from baby blue to aquamarine, and one of the best ways to experience it all is to stay at this Airbnb in the heart of the medina. While it’s all about location, the comfortable house with two bedrooms, sleeping up to six, comes with a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, a/c and a balcony with a mountain view.
The Seychelles are made up of 115 small islands that are surrounded by clear aquamarine waters off the east coast of Africa. An off-the-beaten-path destination, the isles are filled with jaw-dropping beauty, including chalk-white sand beaches, tropical flora, marine and birdlife. The Garden Cottage sits in one of the most picturesque regions of Mahe, the largest of the Seychelles, close to beaches, shops and restaurants. It boasts a beautiful swimming pool, spectacular views and tranquil gardens along with a fully equipped kitchenette. It accommodates up to two guests with one bedroom that has a king-size bed, making it especially ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway.
This colorful Victorian home in Cape Town, just a five-minute walk from the beach promenade, is filled with charm and character, featuring a glass mosaic plunge pool and a Moroccan-style courtyard. It accommodates six with three bedrooms and includes a large open plan kitchen and original Oregan pine wood floors throughout. The front ‘stoep’ area offers a sea view for gazing out at the ships that pass by, and from the back of the house, you can watch the paragliders take off from Signal Hill.
Located along the banks of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe near the border of Zambia, Acacia Lodge is an ideal Airbnb for enjoying Africa’s famous wildlife. It’s made up of 22 lodges, each of which includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping up to six. There’s a splash pool for cooling off and the lodge also comes with a great chef who will not only do your cooking but cleaning and ironing too. Elephant traffic jams are a possibility here and other animals commonly spotted include dozens of bird species, hippos and zebras.