They say that variety is the spice of life, and if you're looking for a holiday adventure that combines two very different experiences in one trip, you could do a lot worse than flying from Dubai to Africa.
With air routes from the U.A.E. travel hub connecting with a number of exciting African countries, once visitors have got their shopping and entertainment fix in Dubai they can trade the towering cityscape for places of outstanding natural beauty teeming with wildlife at a number of famous sites.
African destinations you can combine with Dubai
Home to the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – the former being the most visited national park in the country – there are no shortage of places where visitors can catch a glimpse of the continent's "big five" game animals in South Africa while also enjoying some of the most luxurious accommodation imaginable. Away from the wilderness, South Africa is home to fossil-bearing caves, ancient ruins and famous wine routes to provide incredible variety for tourists.
With the diversity of game in Kenya simply outstanding, tourists can find many sites to see wildlife and a number of unique ways to experience them. Indeed, with balloon rides above national parks like Samburu and camel ride safaris available in Laikipia, visitors won't be left wanting for choice as they get as close to the country's animals as they feel comfortable with. Safari adventures aside, visitors can also enjoy the Gede Ruins, Fort Jesus and Nariobi's National Museum at their leisure.
Boasting Africa's "three natural wonders" – namely the Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater – it's no surprise that Tanzania was voted The Best Safari Country In Africa by safaribookings.com last year. With the Serengeti, in particular, being a famous site for watching spectacular animal migration, tourists will be able to take in plenty of natural phenomena while also enjoying activities like diving, boating or simply basking on the beaches of Zanzibar.
A land of stark contrasts, Namibia offers plenty of natural variety for visitors wishing to seek out a different kind of wildlife experience. From taking in the haunting silence of the Kalahari Desert and spotting one of 430 different types of bird in the Caprivi region to searching for desert elephants in Damaraland, there are amazing adventures to be had everywhere you go. With a range of exciting land, sea and sky-based activities also on offer, Namibia is a great place for adrenaline-junkies too.
Amazingly, around 30% of Zambia is reserved for wildlife – and with 20 national parks in total, you certainly won't struggle for places to experience it firsthand. With antelopes, elephants, giraffe and rhino all abundant in the country, visitors can enjoy an unrivalled safari experience while also taking in areas of outstanding natural beauty like the world-famous Victoria Falls. Here they can enjoy a range of activities, including taking a dip in Devils Pool – a natural basin on the edge of a sheer drop.
Another country sharing Victoria Falls with Zambia is Zimbabwe, a destination famous for sites like the Mana Pools, Gonarezhou National Park and the Chinhoyi Caves. With elephant-back rides, lion walks and many other activities that bring you closer to the country's wildlife, Zimbabwe has everything a safari-goer could wish for as well as a range of "extreme" activities too. When they're done with nature, guests can enjoy the capital of Harare, which is one of Africa's most vibrant cities.
Twin-centre holidays Dubai plus Africa
Having now seen how wildlife meshes seamlessly with sports and adventure in Africa, hopefully you'll have a few ideas about what sites your next trip from Dubai will allow you to take in. Remember, we've only just scratched the surface of what these destinations have to offer, so with a bit of planning you could soon be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime via the famous city.