African Safari Holidays
In Swahili, ‘safari’ means ‘journey’. Romantic and thrilling, a holiday that includes many of these journeys in search of wildlife is an experience that continues to grow in popularity.
So little and yet so much has changed in more than a century of African safaris – encounters that can also differ dramatically from country to country. Kenya’s lush Lake Naivasha could scarcely be more different to the endless plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti, nor Botswana’s vast inland Okavango Delta at greater contrast to the parched Kalahari Desert.
Recommended African safari holidays
Kruger National Park is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s highlights. Covering an area of nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it borders Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe to the north. Within its boundaries, you’ll find a huge variety of wildlife – the Big Five, 50% of the world’s black and white rhinos, 500-plus bird species and 50 species of fish (to name a few). Sharing a 12-mile unfenced border with Kruger is Mala Mala, a private family-run game reserve. It’s South Africa’s largest Big Five reserve – stay here and you’ll enjoy expertly guided game drives to the best wildlife-viewing spots.
90% wildlife focus
South African Safari Adventure
Travelling to welcoming lodges in four reserves, you’ll have the chance to see the Big Five (and more). In between, we’ll cross dramatic mountain landscapes and learn of the area’s ancient civilisations.
25% wildlife focus
Sensational South Africa
On this tour, we’ll head out to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park. We’ll then travel the Garden Route, cruise across wildlife-rich Knysna Lagoon and spend time exploring Cape Town.
30% wildlife focus
The Best of South Africa
This unforgettable tour includes a stay at Mala Mala, a Garden Route road trip and a traditional barbecue (braai). We’ll round off with three luxurious nights in Cape Town.
Ever seen photos of elephants and giraffe stalking baobab-dotted plains, with a snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the distance? It’s an iconic safari scene – and you’ll find it in Arusha, northern Tanzania. It’s just one of the country’s safari hotspots. The Serengeti is even richer in wildlife (especially during the annual Great Migration), while the natural amphitheatre of the Ngorongoro Crater is home to an estimated 30,000 large mammals.
Kenya, meanwhile, is one of the world’s foremost safari destinations. There’s the legendary Masai Mara, where you can usually expect sightings of lion prides, gazelle-hunting cheetahs, migrating buffalo and zebra herds. And the natural oases of Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha – the former is a paradise for birdwatchers, while the latter is frequented by hippos, buffalos, giraffes and rose-pink flamingos.
95% wildlife focus
Grand Safari Kenya
Enjoy ten days of wildlife magic. Watch elephants and rhinos at the watering hole beside Treetops Lodge, bird watch at beautiful Lake Nakuru and spend three nights in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
95% wildlife focus
Wild Plains of Tanzania
On this small-group tour, we’ll look for rare black rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater and drive across the Serengeti in search of the Big Five, enjoying extraordinary wildlife adventures by day and charming lodge stays by night.
You’ll find Chobe National Park in the north of Botswana. Covering an area of nearly 12,000 square kilometres, it boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Landscape-wise, it’s a bit of a watery wonderland – lush floodplains teem with wildlife, best viewed from a boat safari along the Chobe River. Keep your eyes peeled for hippos, lions and elephants, and don’t forget to look to the skies – up to 450 bird species can be seen here, including African fish eagles, cormorants, egrets and giant kingfishers.
80% wildlife focus
The Okavango Delta & Chobe Safari
Begin at thunderous Victoria Falls and end with a lengthy stay in the heart of the Okavango Delta, a pristine wetland paradise. In between, enjoy game drives in the Chobe River region.
20% wildlife focus
Tracks of Africa
Admire the Garden Route’s scenery, explore Cape Town and travel in style on a restored vintage train, before journeying north for two nights each in Chobe and Livingstone (gateway to Victoria Falls).
Uganda is one of the best places in the world to see mountain gorillas. On our holiday here, we’ll go trekking in the hope of spotting these rare creatures. We also include time to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat and game drives in a number of the country’s national parks.
95% wildlife focus
Great Apes of Uganda
Stay in beautifully crafted lodges within national parks, and enjoy game drives, nature walks and boat rides to search for the wildlife that resides here.
A highlight for any wildlife enthusiast visiting Ethiopia is likely to be a walking tour in the Simien Mountains. Here, you’ll be able to see some of the unique wildlife this highland region has to offer. Troops of striking gelada baboons live amongst the dramatic canyons. They’re indigenous to these mountains and often known as ‘bleeding-heart monkeys’ for the distinctive markings on their chest.
40% wildlife focus
Scenic and Cultural Treasures of Ethiopia
As well as spending time in the Simien Mountains National Park, we’ll discover Ethiopia’s historic and cultural gems, including ancient rock churches, island monasteries and centuries-old palaces.
It might not immediately spring to mind as a ‘classic’ safari destination, but Namibia is wonderful for wildlife. Etosha National Park, a huge area of savannah and scrub, is renowned for its game viewing, particularly during the dry season (June to November) when animals congregate at water holes.
Expect close encounters with up to 150 mammal species, perhaps including the desert elephant and endangered black rhino.
25% wildlife focus
As well as two days of game viewing in Etosha National Park, you’ll enjoy a nature drive in the Kalahari Desert, a marine cruise in Walvis Bay, and trips to Sossusvlei sand dunes and Sesriem Canyon.