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Africa Holidays

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. History fanatics will enjoy the wonders of Egypt, with the great pyramids revealing the magnificent lifestyles of ancient times. Venture into the desert on a hiking trail in Morocco, brave the snow-capped Atlas Mountains or feed the senses with the bustling souks of Marrakech.

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.

Destination Highlights
  • Witness one of the greatest wildlife migrations in the world with a holiday in Kenya or Tanzania
  • Take a drive along the scenic Garden Route in South Africa, visit the Cape Winelands region and see the city sights of Cape Town or Johannesburg
  • Brave the Devil's Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls, take a hot air balloon at sunrise in the Masai Mara or enjoy a walking safari in Zambia
  • Sleep under the stars in a luxury treehouse or safari lodge that looks out across the savannahs of a private game reserve

Our favourite 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.

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Governors' Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara

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Governors' Il Moran Camp
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The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

Livingstone

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The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara
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Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar

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Baraza Resort & Spa
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Jock Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park

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Jock Safari Lodge

Time Zone

Africa uses six different time zones, ranging from GMT -1 to GMT + 4

Visa Information

Each country has its own Visa requirements. Please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website

Language

There are many languages, including Swahili, Arabic and French. English is widely spoken in many African countries

Health Information

Always contact your doctor before travelling

Home to the world-famous Masai Mara and the cradle of humankind, there are dozens of reasons to place Africa 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 are just some of the life-affirming experiences you can expect here.

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    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.

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    Safari

    As you’ll know, 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-place to see gorillas in the wild.

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    Taylor

    Destination Manager

    “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.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “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.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “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.”

Africa Events and 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. 

  • Afrikaburn

    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. 

Our Africa destinations

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Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique
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Africa

Kenya

Kenya
Leopard in South Africa

Africa

South Africa

South Africa
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Africa

Rwanda

Rwanda
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Africa

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe
Namib Desert

Africa

Namibia

Namibia
Leopard in Moremi

Africa

Botswana

Botswana
Lemur

Africa

Madagascar

Madagascar
Gorilla

Africa

Uganda

Uganda
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Africa

Tanzania

Tanzania
Atlas Mountains

Africa

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Frequently Asked Questions

The Great Migration generally begins around June when herds of wildebeest, zebra and impalas begin their migration from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara. You are most likely to witness the famed Mara River crossing from late July to October. However, the exact timings depend on when the rains arrive in Tanzania.

The Serengeti National Park is approximately 130 miles long from north to south, excluding the concession areas and private game reserves that surround the park. 

The type of plug used on the African continent varies between countries. For example, in some former British colonies such as Kenya, they may use the British plug Type G, while countries such as South Africa use plug Types C, D, M and N. 

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