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Africa to New Zealand – Exuberant Nature Across the Globe

April 18, 2023  By: Angie

Many of our past travelers regularly turn to us for all of their global travel planning needs as they know they will receive the same expertise, attention to detail and personalized service they’ve come to expect and love from Africa Adventure Consultants (AAC). It is with that in mind that we proudly offer our Out of Africa travel portfolio.

woman hiking in the mountains

Here at AAC we draw inspiration from our Africa destinations that we, and our travelers, know and love! Although worlds apart, a journey to New Zealand mirrors many of the offerings and experiences of Africa in its own unique way. Both Africa and New Zealand offer incredible opportunities to experience wildlife, engage in outdoor activities, learn about cultural history and connect with nature. Whether you’re a seasoned safari-goer and/or a first-time visitor to New Zealand, you’re sure to be blown away by its natural beauty and diversity!


Just like Africa, New Zealand offers travelers the opportunity to experience an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats. While Africa is famous for its “Big Five” game animals – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos – New Zealand has its own unique collection of native animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. These include the kiwi bird, the kea parrot and the tuatara lizard.

glow worm cave

New Zealand is a land of dramatic landscapes that range from snow-capped mountains to pristine beaches. New Zealand, like Africa, offers travelers the chance to engage in a range of outdoor activities. In Africa, visitors can go on game drives, bush walks and hot air balloon rides. While in New Zealand, travelers can hike up to glaciers on world renowned trails, tube through a cave dotted with glow worms, and take scenic flights. Both destinations offer incredible scenery and varied activities that are best experienced by getting out into the great outdoors.

Maori man posing

Both New Zealand and our Africa destinations have rich cultural histories that are closely intertwined with their natural environments. In Africa, visitors can learn about the traditions and customs of the Maasai people, who, among others, have lived alongside the continent’s incredible wildlife for centuries. In New Zealand, visitors can learn about the culture and history of the Māori people, who have a deep connection to the land and sea. The opportunity to engage and experience the relationship between humans and the natural world is high on our list of soul-shifting memories and moments.

seals on rock with mountains

Whether it’s the vast plains of the Serengeti or the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, both destinations have a way of putting things into perspective, disconnecting to reconnect and reminding us of the beauty and power of the natural world.

Are you ready to explore New Zealand?

Photos courtesy Shaun Jeffers, Miles Holden, New Zealand Tourism and Kyle Mulinder