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Unspoiled beauty and wildlife safaris

From the mesmerising shores of Tanzania to thundering Victoria Falls in Zambia, the beaches of South Africa's Garden Route to the magnificent vistas of Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa is a continent that will provide a variety of fantastic experiences and stunning scenery. We love Africa's raw, unspoiled beauty and easy access to wildlife safaris. Watch the wildebeest migration in Kenya, go on safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park, or take an elephant safari in Zambia. A holiday in Africa is fascinating, enlightening, and surprising.   

Things to do

Highlights of Africa

Wildlife Safaris

The wildlife safaris of Africa are as diverse and extensive as this magnificent continent. We love getting closer to nature at Kariega Game Reserve and discovering the wild side of South Africa in true luxury at Pumba Game Reserve. On the Cape Whale Coast, head for Grootbos Nature Reserve to experience the thrill of shark cage diving and see pods of dolphins or watch whales breaching the water. The Rufiji River in Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve is filled with slick-skinned hippos, huge, knobbly-skinned crocodiles, and herds of stamping buffalo. Keep your binoculars ready throughout the open savannahs of Masai Mara in Kenya to see lions hunting zebras or the thrilling chase of hyenas pursuing wildebeest. 

Captivating Cities

The cities of Africa are a surprising blend of modernism and age-old culture. For perfect relaxation on the powdery shores and warm, blue waters head to dazzling Zanzibar in Tanzania. Watamu in Kenya has three spectacular reef-protected lagoons and a stunning coral garden to explore. For a bit more culture head to the spice-scented streets of Mombasa, where you can wander past Swahili, African, Arabic, and European-influenced architecture. The picture-perfect location of Cape Town is ideally placed to show you the culture and history of South Africa. Or head to Nairobi, Kenya, to see wildlife just outside the city at Nairobi National Park.        

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Africa Tours (12)

Let us show you the world on our group and private tours.

Africa Safaris (24)

See the Big Five roam free on a journey into the wild.

Africa Cruises (5)

Broaden your horizons on a voyage of discovery.

Africa Self Drives (3)

Create your own adventures with our hotel and car hire holidays.

Africa Rail Journeys (1)

Watch the world go by on a classic train journey.

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Barbara

I remember sitting on the train to school looking at an advert for travel to China and being mesmerised by pictures of fishing junks and sampans, never imagining that I would have the opportunity of going to such exotic places. Working for Hayes and Jarvis for the last eleven years has enabled me to fulfil some of these childhood dreams and enhance my love of travel and adventure. One of my favourite places has been Vietnam - whether you want a relaxing chilled out holiday or a cultural extravaganza, Vietnam is an exciting choice for the inquisitive mind. I will never get blasé about travel - it still gives me a buzz every time I arrive at the airport!

What has been your favourite travel experience?

I rode the rapids on the Colorado River.

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Always pack an open mind

Which destination has surprised you the most?

Cambodia

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Elephant fish in Vietnam

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

Anywhere new!

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

We met Mr Chum Mey who was one of only seven survivors of the Tuol Slen prison in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He signed a copy of his book entitled ‘Survivor’ which is his life story.

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Shamir

I’ve had the travel bug ever since I completed my studies, and have been lucky enough to travel to many parts of the world, including India, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Brazil. Working in travel has enabled me to fulfil my dream of seeing the world and I truly love my job as it gives me the opportunity to share my experiences with other people and help turn their travel dreams into fabulous reality. One of my most memorable experiences was standing on The Great Wall of China. Only from there can you get a real sense of how long it actually is as you can see it snake through the hills for miles and miles, one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have ever seen.

What has been your favourite travel experience?

A nature walk in Periyar, India – me and animals with more legs than me do not get on!

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Take an iron – in case there isn’t one in the room because I always need to look sharp!

Which destination has surprised you the most?

India – especially the contrast between North and South.

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Non Veg Thali – a mixture of different meats in curry based sauces served in banana leaf.

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

Peru.

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

While in transit in Mumbai, I bumped into a friend of mine who I haven’t seen since he moved to Zambia seven years ago!

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Harriet

I have travelled to lots of interesting places in my time, stepping on to a plane not knowing anything much about where I was going and coming back an expert and having fallen in love with the people, culture and cuisine of the place I've visited. When I first went to South Africa it was different, I thought I had it all sussed in my mind, but let me tell you I was surprised and delighted at every turn! South Africa offers something for everyone, from the wonderful range of cuisine and fine wines to the huge diversity of wild animals clients can see on safari.

What has been your favourite travel experience?

The Great Wall of China, we were walking for around 2 hours and walked about 6 miles.  It was an amazing experience but very hard work.

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Take your camera!

Which destination has surprised you the most?

China, as I could not believe how much of a diverse country it was, there is such contrast of historic and modern attractions. Also the food was so much better than expected.

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Seafood from Cape Town is the best in the world.

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

South Africa, I went for 3 weeks and still didn’t do everything it had to offer. Would love to drive the Garden Route and do another safari.

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

I met one of the Chinese farmers who discovered the ‘Terracotta warriors’ in Xian.

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Steph

Ever since I was little, holidays have been my favourite part of the year, jetting off to somewhere new and exciting always gives me butterflies of excitement! As a travel expert at Hayes and Jarvis I have had the chance to go to places further away and more exotic than I could have ever dreamed of, like India, a country that can't be done justice with words alone. It is a country that offers something for everyone, whether you want a luxury 5 star hotel on the beach, fascinating sightseeing, or an amazing adventure to somewhere off the beaten track.

What has been your favourite travel experience?

I experienced an overnight sleeper train in China.

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Take a pair of decent walking shoes.

Which destination has surprised you the most?

China.

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Crispy Chinese fried ice cream.

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

South Africa.

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

I met a lovely old lady who let us have tea with her in her siheyuan house in Hutong in Beijing.

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Thomas

I have always enjoyed travelling and ever since my very first holiday I have been hooked! I’ve been to some amazing places including the Galapagos Islands, India and Ecuador, where I spent time with the people of a local village which really brought home how different their lives are from ours. I think it’s important to immerse yourself in the local culture and get a real feel for the destination. In India, I took an early morning bike ride through the streets of Udaipur and watched the locals setting up the street markets for the day. I love working in travel as I can share my experiences with people who have something in common with me - a passion for travel!

What has been your favourite travel experience?

A two hour trek in the Ecuadorian Amazon and then tubing down the river, back to the hotel. The trek was well worth the views although it was so hot and humid and jumping into the river at the end and relaxing whilst tubing was an incredible experience!

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Take a decent camera to capture great memories.

Which destination has surprised you the most?

The Galapagos Islands as I was not expecting to see so much diversity in terms of wildlife. It was such a peaceful place to visit and there is so much to do and is a great destination for wildlife lovers.

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Whilst in Ecuador, we visited a local community and had lunch with them. They cooked freshly caught fish, barbequed in a vine leaf. It was really fresh, tasty and really healthy!

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

I would love to go to Costa Rica and tour around and then a beach stay at the end. I enjoy holidays where there is lots to do and also the chance to relax.

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

When in Ecuador at the local community, I met an orphan who had been adopted by the local family and he keeps a pet snake! To say thank you to the family for adopting him, any tips he gets from tourists, he pays back to the family to help with food.

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Vanessa

Travel is in my blood! As a child I was lucky enough to experience many places around the world, so what better job than working in the travel industry? My favourite destinations are South Africa and Colombia.

What has been your favourite travel experience?

A jungle walk and zip wiring in Colombia.

What's your best piece of travel advice?

Take a piece of home with you - I took Hossie, my teddy bear.

Which destination has surprised you the most?

South Africa.

Which local delicacy have you enjoyed the most?

Kudu steak.

If you could get on a flight tomorrow where would you go?

Namibia

Have you bumped into anyone interesting whilst abroad?

Nobody famous – but our ranger in Kruger was a really interesting person.

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Namibia

Vast, golden sand dunes

Namibia

Vast, golden sand dunes

  • Awe Inspiring Sights
  • National Parks
  • Safaris
  • Swakopmund
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Rwanda

Land of a thousand hills

Rwanda

Land of a thousand hills

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Egypt

Wonder of the ancient world

Egypt

Wonder of the ancient world

  • Incredible Sights
  • Activity and Adventure
  • Nile Cruises
  • Diving
  • Souk Shopping
  • Evening Flavour
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Kenya

Safari capital of Africa

Kenya

Safari capital of Africa

  • Safaris
  • Stunning Sights
  • Giraffe Manor
  • Tribal Village Visits
  • Mombasa

Combines well with Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Tanzania

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South Africa

African landscapes, cities, and safaris

South Africa

African landscapes, cities, and safaris

  • Eastern Cape Safaris
  • Awesome Adventures
  • The Garden Route
  • The Cape Winelands
  • Cape Town

Combines well with Mauritius, Seychelles

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Zambia

A real African adventure

Zambia

A real African adventure

  • Victoria Falls
  • Game Viewing
  • Adventure Sports
  • Walking Safaris
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Tanzania

Thrilling safaris and seductive shores

Tanzania

Thrilling safaris and seductive shores

  • Safaris
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Zanzibar
  • Diving

Combines well with Zanzibar

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Botswana

Pristine African wilderness

Botswana

Pristine African wilderness

  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
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Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

Combines well with Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh

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Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

Combines well with Sharm el Sheikh, Cairo

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Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

Combines well with Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh

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Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

Combines well with Sharm el Sheikh, Cairo

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Amboseli

Elephants grazing under Mount Kilimanjaro

Amboseli

Elephants grazing under Mount Kilimanjaro

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Masai Mara

Migrating wildebeest and stalking lions

Masai Mara

Migrating wildebeest and stalking lions

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Meru

Wild side of nature

Meru

Wild side of nature

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Naivasha

Spectacular golden hour

Naivasha

Spectacular golden hour

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Selous Game Reserve

River boats and walking safaris

Selous Game Reserve

River boats and walking safaris

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Stellenbosch

Historic heart of the Winelands

Stellenbosch

Historic heart of the Winelands

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Franschhoek

Africa's chic culinary capital

Franschhoek

Africa's chic culinary capital

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El Gouna

The Red Sea's yacht-lined harbour town

El Gouna

The Red Sea's yacht-lined harbour town

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Soma Bay

Relaxation by the Red Sea

Soma Bay

Relaxation by the Red Sea

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Sharm el Sheikh

Fun in the year-round sun

Sharm el Sheikh

Fun in the year-round sun

Combines well with Cairo, Luxor, Aswan

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Taba

Sun, sea, peace, and quiet

Taba

Sun, sea, peace, and quiet

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Zanzibar

Leave the world behind

Zanzibar

Leave the world behind

  • Snorkelling and Scuba-diving
  • Dhow Cruises
  • Seafood and Spices
  • Stone Town

Combines well with Kenya, Tanzania

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Pemba Island

Barefoot Luxury

Pemba Island

Barefoot Luxury

  • Reef Diving
  • Mangrove Canoeing
  • Dolphin Safari
  • Dhow Cruise
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Garden Route

South Africa's Garden of Eden

Garden Route

South Africa's Garden of Eden

  • Elephant Parks
  • Diverse Towns
  • Shamwari Game Reserve
  • Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
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Cape Winelands

Tempting wines and stunning landscapes

Cape Winelands

Tempting wines and stunning landscapes

  • Wineries and Vineyards
  • Franschhoek
  • Afrikaans Language Monument
  • Stellenbosch
  • Cape Town
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Cape Whale Coast

Spectacular whale-watching

Cape Whale Coast

Spectacular whale-watching

  • De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Hermanus Whale Festival
  • Shark Cage Diving
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Eastern Cape

Game reserves, wild beauty

Eastern Cape

Game reserves, wild beauty

  • Game Reserves
  • Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Spectacular Beaches
  • Cities
  • Frontier Country
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Tsitsikamma National Park

Unspoiled beauty and lush vegetation

Tsitsikamma National Park

Unspoiled beauty and lush vegetation

  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature's Valley
  • Bungee Thrills
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Aswan

Jewel of the Nile

Aswan

Jewel of the Nile

  • Island Hopping
  • Unfinished Obelisk
  • Aswan High Dam
  • The Nubian Museum
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Naivasha

Spectacular golden hour

Naivasha

Spectacular golden hour

  • Elsamere Lodge
  • Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
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Pretoria

South African history

Pretoria

South African history

  • The Union Buildings
  • Pretoria Botanical Gardens
  • Church Square
  • Nature Reserves
  • Transvaal Museum
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Sun City

The South African Las Vegas

Sun City

The South African Las Vegas

  • Golf
  • Casinos
  • Game Reserves
  • Make a Splash

Combines well with Cape Town, Garden Route

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Grootbos Nature Reserve

See the Marine Big Five

Grootbos Nature Reserve

See the Marine Big Five

  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Klipgat Cave
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shark Cage Diving
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Watamu

Stunning coral gardens

Watamu

Stunning coral gardens

  • Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
  • Gede Ruins
  • Mida Creek
  • Bio-Ken Snake Park
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Soma Bay

Relaxation by the Red Sea

Soma Bay

Relaxation by the Red Sea

  • Spa and Relaxation
  • Beaches and Water sports
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
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Amboseli

Elephants grazing under Mount Kilimanjaro

Amboseli

Elephants grazing under Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Balloon Safaris
  • Maasai Villages
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Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

Cairo

Wonder of the ancient world

  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • The Citadel
  • Khan el-Kalili
  • Ibn Tulun Mosque
  • Golf

Combines well with Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh

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Oudtshoorn

Close encounters with nature

Oudtshoorn

Close encounters with nature

  • Ostrich Capital
  • Nature Reserves
  • Cango Caves
  • Wine Tour
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Arusha National Park

A true African beauty

Arusha National Park

A true African beauty

  • Diverse Wildlife
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Aberdare National Park

Like Scotland with lions

Aberdare National Park

Like Scotland with lions

  • Treetops Night Game Viewing
  • Kikuyu Village
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Knysna

Jewel of the Garden Route

Knysna

Jewel of the Garden Route

  • Oysters and Beer
  • Golf
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Knysna Elephant Park
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Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

Luxor

Egypt's open-air museum

  • Luxor Temple
  • The River Nile
  • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Museums

Combines well with Sharm el Sheikh, Cairo

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Hermanus

South Africa's whale watching capital

Hermanus

South Africa's whale watching capital

  • Shark Encounters
  • Wineries and Vineyards
  • Sandy Beaches
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Meru

Wild side of nature

Meru

Wild side of nature

  • Game Drives
  • Rhino Sanctuary
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Masai Mara

Migrating wildebeest and stalking lions

Masai Mara

Migrating wildebeest and stalking lions

  • Visit a Tribal Village
  • Game Drives
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Nairobi

Photograph wildlife with skyscrapers

Nairobi

Photograph wildlife with skyscrapers

  • Nairobi National Museum
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Matutus
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Plettenberg Bay

Gem of the Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay

Gem of the Garden Route

  • Whale Watching
  • Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
  • Beaches
  • Bird Watching
  • Interacting with Elephants
  • Activities
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George

Gateway to the Garden Route

George

Gateway to the Garden Route

  • Golf
  • The Slave Tree
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Outeniqua Power Van
  • Khulani Xhosa Village
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Taba

Sun, sea, peace, and quiet

Taba

Sun, sea, peace, and quiet

  • Water Sports
  • Pharaoh's Island
  • Diving
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Johannesburg

South Africa's beating heart

Johannesburg

South Africa's beating heart

  • Apartheid Museum
  • Constitution Hill Museum
  • Soweto
  • Johannesburg Lion Park
  • Lesedi Cultural Village
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Franschhoek

Africa's chic culinary capital

Franschhoek

Africa's chic culinary capital

  • Cooking Classes
  • Local Wines
  • The Cape Winelands
  • Golf
  • Cape Town
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Cape Town

Beautiful setting, beautiful city

Cape Town

Beautiful setting, beautiful city

  • Table Mountain
  • The Cape Winelands
  • Camps Bay
  • The V&A Waterfront
  • Robben Island
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Nakuru National Park

Rhinos and flamingos

Nakuru National Park

Rhinos and flamingos

  • Bird Watching
  • Hippo Pools
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Mombasa

Where Africa's heritage converges

Mombasa

Where Africa's heritage converges

  • East African Rift Valley
  • Fort Jesus
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Stunning Beaches
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Mossel Bay

No hurry, no worry

Mossel Bay

No hurry, no worry

  • Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex
  • Seal Island
  • Cape St. Blaize Cave
  • Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
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Tsavo National Park

Africa's wild side

Tsavo National Park

Africa's wild side

  • East versus West
  • Lugard Falls
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Livingstone

On the banks of the Zambezi

Livingstone

On the banks of the Zambezi

  • Extreme Sports
  • Livingstone Island
  • Zambezi River
  • Wildlife Encounters
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Pilanesberg National Park

Game reserve in extinct volcano

Pilanesberg National Park

Game reserve in extinct volcano

  • Game Drives
  • Culture
  • Bird Watching
  • Sun City
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Stellenbosch

Historic heart of the Winelands

Stellenbosch

Historic heart of the Winelands

  • Golf
  • Village Museum
  • The Cape Winelands
  • Cape Town
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KwaZulu Natal

Gateway to Zululand

KwaZulu Natal

Gateway to Zululand

  • Durban
  • Natal Sharks Board
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • uShaka Marine World
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park
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Port Elizabeth

Doorstep to the Garden Route

Port Elizabeth

Doorstep to the Garden Route

  • Donkin Heritage Trail
  • Shebeens
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park
  • Hobie Beach
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Kigali

Rwanda's heartwarming capital

Kigali

Rwanda's heartwarming capital

  • Genocide Memorial Centre
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Selous Game Reserve

River boats and walking safaris

Selous Game Reserve

River boats and walking safaris

  • Wildlife
  • Walking Safaris
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El Gouna

The Red Sea's yacht-lined harbour town

El Gouna

The Red Sea's yacht-lined harbour town

  • Golf
  • Water Activities
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
  • Days Out
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Sharm el Sheikh

Fun in the year-round sun

Sharm el Sheikh

Fun in the year-round sun

  • Desert Adventures
  • Water Activities
  • Mount Sinai
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife

Combines well with Cairo, Luxor, Aswan

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Kruger National Park

The true Africa

  • Game Drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Four-Wheel Driving
  • Spectacular Safaris
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Braii
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