Where to go
It's a big statement to make but there really is an African safari holiday for everyone; if you're wondering where to go, we can pinpoint Africa's most iconic and popular destinations as well as those hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track hideaways. We're the experts in safari travel so let us guide you on where to go in Africa.
For gorilla trekking, unique forest wildlife and beautiful rolling landscapes, we recommend Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Each country offers gorilla and chimp trekking - some of the most memorable wildlife experiences in the world - and Uganda is also home to classic savannah Big 5 Safaris game reserves as well; Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo National Park and Source of the mighty River Nile.
Kenya and Tanzania have been the classic safari destinations of choice for decades, thanks not only to their amazing wildlife but also because of their exceptional lodges and tented camps, reliable tour operators and diverse itineraries. Top destinations include the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park, home to the dramatic wildebeest migration and both set close to the exceptional Ngorongoro Crater, boasting the easiest Big 5 game viewing in the region.
Ethiopia is a land of big skies and broad landscapes. The highland plateaus reaches endlessly to a horizon and blend into blue sky, becoming an integral part of the landscape. The whole expansive view breathes of the freedom and joy that goes along with open spaces. Popularly known for its ancient stone churches, rich cultural heritage plus abundance of game in its protected reserves- an Ethiopian trip is highly recommended as a must do in Africa!
Struggling to decide between these iconic destinations? Talk to us and we'll help you make that choice.
However, if you have the time, we would recommend one of our combined Uganda & Rwanda safari tours or Uganda & Congo safari tours or Kenya & Tanzania safari tours or Kenya & Ethiopia safari tours for the full East Africa safari experience.
As diverse as their northern neighbors, the countries of Southern Africa offer safari destinations ranging from echoing deserts, teeming wetlands and Big 5 reserves to crystal-clear lakes and footprint-free beaches - a multitude of experiences from which you'll be hard-pressed to choose just a few!
For big game safaris, we recommend South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia, Hwange National Park and Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe, Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Kruger National Park in South Africa. All deliver amazing game viewing from the comfort of luxury lodges and romantic tented camps. If however you're feeling a little adventurous, a safari into Namibia's majestic deserts is highly recommended while a holiday on a remote island in Lake Malawi or a walking safari in Zambia's big game country is the epitome of getting away from it all.
For iconic destinations, look no further than Victoria Falls, shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia and boasting the title of Africa's adventure capital, or enjoy a few days in Cape Town, home to spectacular scenery, whale watching and elegant wine estates.
Like sparkling jewels, the islands of the Indian Ocean add a distinctly exotic edge to an African safari holiday. Combine your safari with a few days on a private island in the Seychelles, enjoy a family getaway at a popular Mauritius resort, or discover the remote and romantic beauty of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos in Mozambique.
For a taste of culture, why not explore Zanzibar or Lamu , islands that easily to combine with a Tanzania safari? And speaking of safari and beach combinations, it doesn't get much easier than in Kenya where you can mix the Masai Mara with mainland beaches or hideaway islands.
If you're on honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or simply enjoying a romantic getaway, an African holiday is just what you need. Our top recommendations include a 5-star safari in the Kruger Park, a spa retreat in the Seychelles or a stay on a private island in Zanzibar or the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Believe it or not but Africa was made for family holidays - there are child-friendly safari destinations, family beach resorts with kids clubs and golf courses plus independent-minded self-drive itineraries. We highly recommend East Africa’s: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the malaria-free, Big 5, Eastern Cape and Madikwe Game Reserve as well as the got-it-all Sun City Resort and ever-popular Mauritius.
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