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Holiday in Africa like the British royal family

by Julie Delahaye

There's no denying that the British royals have a long-standing love affair with Africa. The continent has played host to many a milestone in the family's history, from the Queen succeeding the throne to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's engagement. Prince Harry recently opened up about the important role Africa has played in his life, explaining why he regularly takes trips to African countries and launched his charity Sentable there. "This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world," he admitted. "I wish I could spend more time in Africa."

With its breathtaking landscapes, exotic wildlife and sun-soaked weather, Africa continues to be a go-to for an unforgettable holiday. We take a look at how you can follow in the British royals' footsteps if you're planning an African adventure…

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Prince Harry and Prince William regularly visit Africa

KENYA

Kenya is at the heart of one of the biggest milestones for the royal family, as the Queen was on holiday there when she found out that she would be succeeding the throne. The then-Princess Elizabeth was on a trip with Prince Philip, staying in the isolated and beautiful Treetops Hotel when she received the news that she was Britain's new monarch – she later returned for a stay at the resort in 1983. Nowadays, the hotel boasts three luxurious suites as well as a host of other lodges, ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves in nature.

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The Queen returned to Kenya in 1983 to see the Treetops Hotel

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Meanwhile, for a romantic getaway, follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate and head to the breathtaking Lake Rutundu by Mount Kenya. It was here that William proposed to Kate – and the setting could not have been more idyllic. The magical Lewa Safari Camp, where the couple stayed during their trip, is home to 12 beautiful tents with verandahs that are perfect for animal-watching.

SOUTH AFRICA

Princess Diana paid regular visits to South Africa, and travelled there to meet Nelson Mandela just a few months before she tragically died in a car crash. During her trips, the mother-of-two would stay with her brother Earl Spencer at his Tarrystone Estate home, located just outside of Cape Town.

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Princess Diana travelled to South Africa and met Nelson Mandela

South Africa has also been host to a series of royal tours, with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's visiting twice – the first in 1995, the second in 1999 – as well as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's 2011 tour.

The South African city of Cape Town has always been a go-to holiday destination, boasting a series popular activities from hiking trails with a twist to beachside relaxation. For example, head to Boulders Beach where you can catch a glimpse of the colony of penguins who reside there, or take a cable car up Table Mountain for incomparable views of the striking landscapes.

LESOTHO

Prince William and Prince Harry have made many trips to Lesotho, both as part of official engagements and unofficial visits; last year Harry revealed he had paid a secret visit, only revealing photos from the trip a few days later. Lesotho no doubt holds a place close to the royal's heart, as it was there that Harry first launched his charity Sentebale, which helps the most vulnerable children and young people – many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Prince Harry often visits Lesotho where he launched his charity Sentebale

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For those wanting to take in the exotic wildlife and scenic natural trails which cover Lesotho, Bokong Nature Reserve is a great start. Not only does it offer stunning vistas of the Lepaqoa Valley, but you can enjoy everything from short walks to two-day hikes to the Ts'ehlanyane National Park, where bearded vultures and wetlands await. If you have time, we recommend one of the dinosaur trails – Lesotho is hailed for having the largest concentration of dinosaur footprints in the world!