Kenya

For a country of its size, Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains, deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions.

Stunning landscapes set the scene and wildlife safaris have been the main reason for Kenya’s booming tourist industry for decades. It is also rated as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the worlds.

Despite having a bad reputation, Nairobi – Kenya’s largest city – has a very interesting urban appeal with an eclectic range of eateries and nightlife

Currency: Kenyan Shilling

Flight Duration (From London): 8 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English & Swahili

Time Zone: UTC+02:00

The main Kenyan tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

During the low season, spanning from March to the end of May, things are much quieter and the wildlife is typically  harder to spot.

A visa is required to travel to Kenya but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are:  Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Tetanus-Diphtheria, MMR, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Polio

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya/health

Mauritus

Just the name ‘Mauritius’ conjures up images of tropical luxury, exotic extravagance and cobalt blue seas. It is known as a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise.

However, just like some of the other idyllic sandy beach resorts across the country, you may find yourself looking for something more exciting to do than sitting atop a beach towel. Well, in Mauritius, you don’t need to look very far! The island is loaded with historical sites, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

Currency: Mauritian rupee

Flight Duration (From London): 11 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): English & French

Time Zone: UTC+03:00

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate all year round, although the southeast trade winds means it never feels too muggy.

The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.

All in all, the best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December.

A visa is required on entry to travel to Mauritius but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/health

Seychelles

The beaches in the Seychelles are undeniably the main attraction, with exquisite ribbons of white sand with crystal clear waters and surrounded by lush hills and big glacis boulders.

The only trouble you’ll have when thinking about a trip here is which of the islands to go to; Pralin, La Digue or Mahé. But don’t despair, whether you’re going on honeymoon or just for a relaxed time away with friends, it’s not possible to make the wrong decision!

Currency: Seychellois rupee

Flight Duration (From London):  9 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): English & French

Time Zone: UTC+03:00

From May to September you can experience cooler and drier weather, but the winds whip up the waves and you’ll want to find protected beaches.

The rain generally comes in sudden, heavy bursts, with January being the wettest month by far. July and August are the driest, with temperatures reaching up to 32°C.

No visa is required to travel to Seychelles but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/seychelles/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever (certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission)

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/seychelles/health

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of southern Africa’s most beautiful countries. From the absolute wilderness of Mana Pools National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the mountains looking over Mozambique in Eastern Zimbabwe, to fine dining in Harare or bungee jumping over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe offers something for everyone.

Zimbabwe is not as cheap as it once was, but its richness in culture and colour remain. Colonialism remains etched in all sorts of ways,

Currency: South African rand, UK sterling, Euro, US dollar and Botswana pula

Flight Duration (From London):  10 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English & Afrikaans

Time Zone: UTC+01:00

Zimbabwe has a beautiful and moderate climate, with higher temperatures between November and April (its summer months) and lower temperatures between May and October (its winter months). The end of the cool, dry season, around September or October time, is your best chance of spotting the wildlife on one of their fantastic safaris.

A visa is required on arrival to travel to Zimbabwe and 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe/health

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