Tours in Africa allow you to benefit from an experienced guide and the expertise of our Destination Specialists. Pair a safari holiday with a beach break, drive South Africa’s Garden Route or mix the city, beach and plains of Africa. Our tours include self drive holidays in Africa, train journeys and more than one safari on your holiday. Speak to our Destination Specialists to plan your bespoke holiday, or browse our options below.
Take a train tour of Africa on our Shongololo Express - Dune Express: Eastbound. This luxurious train takes you through South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, allowing you to see the spectacular landscapes. Dine on delicious fresh cuisine as you watch the ever changing landscapes, enjoy cocktails and fine wines in the bar and embark on expeditions and adventures by day. Day trips include a safari in Etosha National Park, ghost towns, hiking and relaxed wildlife tours in harbour towns.
To see the best of South Africa, book our Grand Tour of South Africa. Over two weeks you can take game drives in nature reserves and see Africa’s Big Five, visit the rolling green landscapes of the winelands and explore the vibrant cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town.
For safari tours of Africa, book our Discover Northern Tanzania Tour. This eight day tour begins in Arusha, from where you can drive to Lake Manyara, where you’ll find coffee and banana plantations and beautiful views from your lodge. See the Ngorogoro Conservation Area, which is located in a huge crater and is home to its own micro climate. Spend the next few days in the Serengeti, where you can see lions, wildebeest, zebra, leopards and more.
South Africa And Seychelles Holiday
Ethiopia and Seychelles Multi Centre Holiday
“Make sure to include a hot-air balloon safari in your travels across Africa. Combine breath-taking vistas with a unique birds-eye perspective on the surrounding wildlife you may have otherwise missed.”
“A Norman Carr walking safari allows you to experience the Big Five from close quarters, rather than from a vehicle. With your expert guide, you’ll have the opportunity to observe some of the lesser-known but equally fascinating wildlife unique to Africa, such as the elephant shrew or leopard tortoise.”
“Photographers should note that the locals might take offence if you photograph them without permission, with some maybe even asking for money as a result. Be careful where you aim that camera, and you’ll be able to document your travels here without difficulty.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Africa's 'Big Five'?
The Big Five consists of elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, rhinos and lions. They are referred to as such because they are widely considered to be the most difficult animals to hunt on foot, though the term has since been adopted by the travel industry to promote safari expeditions.
What is the currency of Africa?
The world’s second largest continent, Africa is comprised of 54 countries, and many have their own currency specific to their country. For example, South Africa uses the South African rand, Egypt have the Egyptian pound, and Kenya use the Kenyan shilling. Many West African countries use the West African CFA franc, including the Ivory Coast, Mali and Niger, while several Central African countries use the Central African CFA franc, such as Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic.
What is Africa known for?
Africa is home to the Sahara desert, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ (Victoria Falls), the Egyptian pyramids, and a wealth of exotic wildlife such as elephants, leopards, lions and hyena. Africa is said to be the birthplace of civilisation.
A feast for the senses – Africa is as diverse as it is expansive. Trek through vast plains in search of lions, rhinos and elephants, take in awe-inspiring vistas as you wander over endless dunes, sit around campfires listening to stories from the local people, before ascending skyward in a hot air balloon for an unhindered view of the breath-taking scenery.
Why you'll love Africa...
• Admiring Africa from above on a hot air balloon
• Tracking rhinos on foot in Saruni
• Discovering the mighty ‘Smoke That Thunders’, Victoria Falls
• Cruising down the Zambezi river
• Dining under the stars in Zambia
• Experiencing wildlife up close on a walking safari
• Wandering across unspoilt savannahs
• Trekking through the Great Rift Valley
• Visiting colourful local communities
• Immersing yourself in culture as the Masai perform traditional ceremonies
• Spotting the Big Five in their natural habitat
Did you know?
• Africa has the world’s youngest population, with more people aged under 20 than anywhere else in the world.
• The people of Africa speak over 1,000 languages, with recent studies suggesting almost 2,000.
• Ethiopia has one of the worlds’ largest alphabets at 345 words in length.
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
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