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From stunning beaches, high end shopping, tasty culinary experiences and more, Africa is full of bucket list worthy experiences you simply must try.  If exploring the Motherland is on your travel wish list (which it should be!), check out these luxury African escapes that go beyond South Africa and show a side to the continent we rarely see.

1. MozambiquemozambiqueMozambique is an luxury African escape on the rise.  The hustle and bustle in the capital of Maputo is beautiful with Portuguese-era buildings and their graceful balconies, waterside setting and wide avenues lined with jacaranda and flame trees. Head to the paradise private island of Bazaruto, a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, where you can unwind at Anatara Bazaruto Island Resort.

2. Ghana

Ghana isn’t new to the African travel scene, but the luxe side of this bustling, yet vibrant, country is new to most.  The newest standard for luxury in West Africa, the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City  located downtown Accra, the hotel is an oasis in the middle of the city, and provides easy access to stunning beaches and breathtaking waterfalls, wildlife and mouth-watering culinary experiences like pop up dinners with Midunu.

3. Mauritius 

mauritiusConsistently ranked as one of the best beach destinations in the world, Mauritius is synonymous with African luxury. Head to The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, a secluded and luxurious 64 acre tropical sanctuary where you can enjoy world class fishing, golf, wildlife, watersports, full-day kids’ programs, in-villa chefs, private butlers, and an on-site sommelier.

4. Namibia

namibiaNamibia is a southwestern African country with German influence. It’s an interesting cultural mash-up, endless activities and natural wonders cater to every traveler’s style and makes it one of the most unique luxury African escapes. The Namib Desert is perfect for adventure junkies looking to do things like go quad biking over sand dunes or paraglide, but if you’re into total tranquility and romantic luxury, the secluded and serene oasis of &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will be heaven on earth, a perfect getaway for baecationing.

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