It’s hard to name another destination that provides so much variety; boasting fine weather, breath-taking scenery, unique wildlife, idyllic beaches, luxury accommodation, plenty of activities and superb cuisine. Perfect for honeymooners, intrepid explorers and adventurous families, holidays in Africa promise an enchanting journey through a land that will leave you with life-long memories.
From lush green forests to dry, arid deserts, fertile winelands to unspoiled beaches, pristine swamps to sun-soaked grasslands rich with wildlife, Africa has it all. Drift across the Maasai Mara as the sun rises over the plains on a hot air balloon ride and witness the Great Migration, hailed ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, on a holiday in Kenya or Tanzania. Explore Kruger National Park with an off-road safari experience across dusty savannahs in search of the ‘Big 5’. Float peacefully along Botswana’s winding waterways in a traditional canoe; embark on an unforgettable mountain gorillas trek in Rwanda or Uganda; cage-dive with great white sharks in South Africa; soak up the buzz of Johannesburg or Cape Town and explore world-renowned wineries in the Cape Winelands whilst making the most of all there is to see along the world-famous Garden Route.
Back to nature
Africa’s natural wonders and breath-taking vistas are sure to touch your soul and excite anyone with a love for mother nature. Blend exhilarating wildlife adventures with a relaxing beach stay on one of Africa’s beautiful white-sand beaches such as Zanzibar or Mombasa, offering palm-adorned coasts and crystal-clear waters.
With so much to see and do in Africa, it can be difficult to know where to start, so give our Destination Specialists a call today to organise an unforgettable tailor-made Africa holiday.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Africa holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.
Victoria Falls Tours Zimbabwe
Botswana Victoria Falls Adventure Tour
Southern Tanzania Safari
Namibia Highlights Tour
South Africa Luxury Safari Tour
East Africa Safari Tour
Our favorite hotels
From luxury resorts to quaint boutique getaways, glamping tents, safari lodges, and self-catering apartments, Africa has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.
Governors' Il Moran Camp
The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara
Baraza Resort & Spa
Home to the world-famous Masai Mara and the cradle of humankind, there are dozens of reasons why Africa should be on your travel wish-list; the vivid colours of the sun setting across a Namibian sand dune; the sight of a lion stalking its prey across wide open savannahs; and the mighty Victoria Falls are just some of the life-affirming experiences you can expect here.
The Great Annual Migration
Picture this: 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle stampeding from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the open savannahs of Kenya: a sight to behold and one of the natural wonders of the world.
There are so many ways to discover Africa’s wildlife. Mozambique teems with tropical birds, Zambia is famed for its walking safaris, while Rwanda is the go-to location for trekking to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara
Take a hot air balloon safari and float serenely over the spectacular Masai Mara, as the sun rises and the wildlife below begins to stir. After this peaceful yet exhilarating experience, you'll enjoy a Champagne breakfast in the bush – a life-long memory to cherish.
Visit the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls
For the thrill-seekers, what could be more exciting than a journey into the Devil's Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls? Thousands of years of water erosion have created a series of rock pools and ledges at the edge of Victoria Falls, allowing the brave to swim out and perch precariously to look over the sheer drop of the waterfall and admire the rainbows from a different perspective.
Take the iconic Garden Route through South Africa
Witness some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa as you take the ultimate road trip along the scenic Garden Route, from Cape to Cape. .
“The view of the Masai Mara from 60 metres above in a hot air balloon brought a tear to my eye. Stay at the Little Governors Safari Camp and book your hot air balloon trip. Elephants grazing, giraffes eating, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. Something I will remember forever.”
“For the best wildlife viewing, check your seasons. The hotter and drier the better as you’re likely to have better sightings when the bush is dry. Wildlife gathers around water sources, so it is easier to find and see. On the flip side, the wet season is often fantastic for birdwatchers. Consider moving between safari locations to experience different species and landscapes.”
“A safari can be tiring due to early morning starts, so always consider factoring in some time for relaxation at the end of your holiday, such as a beach stay in the Indian Ocean, a luxury rail journey, a foodie's delight in the Winelands, or a cosmopolitan sophisticated city stay in Cape Town.”
Events & Festivals
Africa offers a wide variety of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions
Food & Wine Festivals
Cape Town is awash with various food and wine festivals throughout the year, with an extensive list of events that offer an opportunity for Cape Town’s visitors to taste the best of South Africa’s spirits, wines and local cuisine.
Festival on the Nile
Held in August, this festival offers lots of music, dance, theatre, storytelling, folklore and food.
Africa’s regional burn, a smaller version of the United States’ Burning Man held from April to May. This exotic fire festival in the desolate heart of the Tankwa Karoo will blow your mind with its crazy art, burning structures, costumes, performances, theme camps, music and more.
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