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Africa Guided Tours, Safaris and Rail Tours

If an off-the-beaten-track adventure is calling you, our Africa tours are for you. If exploring is what you’re after from a holiday, we’ve got trips to national parks and unforgettable African safari tours that’ll keep your feet happy. Or maybe you’re more in favour of chilling on the beach alongside penguins? You really are spoilt for choice.

Animal lovers, our African safari tour packages bring you as close as possible to some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, from spotting the Big Five in Kenya to catching the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania. Taking the family? Our family African safari tours are as exciting for us adults as they are for the kids.

Not quite found what you’re looking for? Take a look at our other fantastic holidays in Africa.

 

Essential Botswana

Essential Botswana

A great overall trip around the key safari destinations within this vast and beautiful country. The Essential Botswana tour has been designed to combine the wilds of the Chobe National Park, with huge herds and abundant big cats with the peaceful relaxation of the Okavango Delta. On this shorter flying safari we stay at Xugana Island Lodge, a spectacular island site which allows guests to not only do land based 4x4 safaris but also boat and mokoro trips to get the most out of the Okavango Delta.

From £2939pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Tanzania Discovery

Tanzania Discovery

Visit the rolling grass plains of the Serengeti, the ancient baobab trees of Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.

From £2199pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Best of Botswana

Best of Botswana

Our Best of Botswana flying safari offers you a complete overview of this beautiful safari destination, combining different must-see destinations by the luxury of light aircraft transfers. We begin the adventure at Chobe Game Lodge with its famous wooden deck overlooking the mighty Chobe river, famed for its huge herds of elephants; then onto Savute, home to the big cats immortalised in NatGeo’s award-winning Savage Kingdom; then lastly to the Okavango Delta where we combine a stay in two camps to get the very best land and water based safari activities including an afternoon safari in the unique mokoro.

From £3379pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Born Free Safari

Born Free Safari

The Born Free Safari combines the lesser known park of Shaba and Ol Pejeta, the ‘Big Five’ destination of the Masai Mara and the luxury of staying in iconic Serena and Sarova hotels, lodges and camps. A country so vast, rich in culture and enjoying an abundance of wildlife, Kenya has so much to offer. Experience dramatic scenery and close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ in Nairobi’s best game reserves.

From £1585pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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South Africa Highlights

South Africa Highlights

This fantastic tour combines all of the must-see destinations of South Africa, from the wildlife of Kruger National Park to the scenic Garden Route, and of the spectacular beauty of Cape Town.

From £1849pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Majestic Victoria Falls

Majestic Victoria Falls

Staying on the Zimbabwe side, famed for the most spectacular views, enjoy a few nights exploring Mosai-ao-Tunya – the mighty Victoria Falls. Claimed to be the largest waterfall on the planet and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, you can view it from air, boat or foot and learn about the flora and fauna as well as the history of David Livingstone and his discovery of the falls.

From £389pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari

Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari

The Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari combines two of South Africa’s finest lodges with exciting transfer by light aircraft and it’s such an amazing offer, the flights are free. Hop between Johannesburg and the Madikwe Game Reserve and Marakele National Park spotting the 'Big Five' and enjoying some of South Africa’s best cuisine. Experiences are key in these lodges, relax by the pool at Madikwe, while elephants and giraffe enjoy the water-hole just steps away or enjoy a cruise on Lady Mara spotting hippos snorting along the river with a backdrop of the magnificent mountains beyond.

From £2669pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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A Taste of Kenya

A Taste of Kenya

An exciting lodge-based safari taking you from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the dramatic Rift Valley lakes and the rolling plains of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

 

From £1535pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Inspirational Garden Route

Inspirational Garden Route

An inspirational guided tour of South Africa’s natural landscape and rich flora and fauna. From the Cape Floral Kingdom world heritage site to the stunning coastline of Walker Bay, you’ll explore nature trails, walk along cliff paths, meet marine mammals and visit one of South Africa’s newest wine regions.

From £1039pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Okavango Adventure

Okavango Adventure

This short 3 night fly-in is the perfect choice for those just wanting to tick off a safari in the world renowned Okavango Delta. Making the most of Xugana Island Lodge’s private concession, this spectacular lodge allows guests to not only do land based 4x4 safaris but also boat and mokoro trips to get the most out of the Okavango Delta.

From £1489pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Saltlick Safari

Saltlick Safari

A perfect addition to a charming beach stay, this short 3-day safari experience offers you the chance to visit two popular wildlife sanctuaries, overnight stays in authentic lodges and the opportunity to spot shyer nocturnal animals as well as the famous 'Big Five'.

From £499pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Blue Train

Blue Train

Climb aboard this magnificent, mobile, 5-star hotel for the journey of a lifetime! For over half a century, South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s premier travelling experiences. Taking luxury in motion to the highest levels, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that starts as soon as you set foot on board. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and appetising delicacy served from the butler’s silver tray while your luggage is labelled and discreetly whisked away. Afterwards, settle into your own private suite and let the journey begin!

From £999pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Rail Tours
Cape, Safari and The Falls

Cape, Safari and The Falls

This fascinating tour of Cape, Safari and The Falls will give you a true flavour of Southern Africa’s history, culture and natural beauty. Experience the hustle and bustle of South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town, rub shoulders with the furry and feathery at Kruger National Park and experience the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. 

From £1525pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Spectacular South Africa

Spectacular South Africa

One of our favourite tours, the Spectacular South Africa combines the incredible scenery of this beautiful country with the very best of its wildlife, including a safari in a traditional lodge and seasonal whale watching. Staying in upgraded hotels and boutique properties, see the very best that this unique country has to offer.

From £3065pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Kruger Explorer

Kruger Explorer

Occupying the most enviable location, overlooking the Kruger National Park, the Protea Kruger Gate by Marriott offers guests a traditional lodge feel with all the comforts of a hotel. When you are not on safari you can spend your days lazing by the pool or enjoying spotting wildlife from the bar which offers a unique deck and treehouses overlooking the National Park.

From £699pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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From Mara to Mombasa

From Mara to Mombasa

This popular one-way safari allows guests to experience some of Kenya’s finest game reserves while witnessing the diverse landscapes and changing vistas of this beautiful country. Our ‘From the Mara to Mombasa’ safari takes you one way from Nairobi to the Kenyan Coast, spotting the ‘Big Five’ along the way, before relaxing at one of Mombasa’s beach hotels.

From £1459pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Masai Explorer

Masai Explorer

This fantastic safari takes you to Kenya’s premier wildlife reserves, from the stunning Rift Valley to the vast plains of the famous Masai Mara. Our only safari that travels north to Samburu and the famous Aberdares.

From £1499pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara Safari

An excellent introduction to the safari world, this 5-day itinerary takes in Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha en route to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

From £885pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Magnificent Garden Route

Magnificent Garden Route

A great introduction to the Garden Route with some fantastic stops on-and-off the beaten track. Heading through the vineyards of the Western Cape, you travel via the historic town of Swellendam to the beginning of the Garden Route. Continue to Port Elizabeth through magnificent scenery and locations with a chance to discover Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Tsitsikamma.

From £599pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

Guided Tours
Kruger and the Kingdoms

Kruger and the Kingdoms

The majesty of Africa is yours to behold on this fabulous tour, kick-starting in Johannesburg and taking you deep into the wilderness. Taking the panoramic route, there’s unrivalled game viewing in Kruger National Park, spotting the ‘Big Five’ and other wonderful wildlife. Swaziland and Zululand offer plenty of cultural insight before enjoying a taste of cosmopolitan Durban, completing what has to be the trip of a lifetime.

From £1025pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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The Ultimate Okavango

The Ultimate Okavango

For those with a bit more time why not try our Ultimate Okavango safari which offers guests a complete experience of land and water based activities within the Okavango Delta. Enjoy afternoon mokoro rides through the peaceful lagoons and channels from stunning Camp Okavango then spend a few days on dry land looking for the big cats in the Mopane forests of the Moremi Game Reserve.

From £2230pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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A Taste of Tanzania

A Taste of Tanzania

Staying in small, authentic lodges, you’ll get a real flavor of this magnificent land on this 4-night safari which takes in Lake Manyara, the ‘Big Five’ haven of Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire. A great safari for first timers or those who wish to spend a bit more time on the beaches of Zanzibar.

From £1375pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Pride of Tsavo Safari

Pride of Tsavo Safari

The Pride of Tsavo Safari offers you the chance to explore some of Kenya’s most magical sights as it takes you on a 4-day journey of discovery! Taking its name from the Masai word for ‘river,’ Tsavo is located at the crossing of the Uganda Railway and is home to a whole host of flora and fauna, most of which can be seen during the game-drives included in this fantastic safari tour. 

From £649pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Big Five Flying Safari

Big Five Flying Safari

You are practically guaranteed to see the 'Big Five' in all their natural glory on this incredible flying safari. Samburu Nature Reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River is your first port of call, with game-drives in 4x4 vehicles, bush breakfasts and sundowners very much the order of the day. Hop on-board a light aircraft for the short flight to your second holiday home in the mighty Masai Mara, another national park bursting at the seams with sights to see. Luxury lodge accommodation, delicious food and expert guides add up to a once in a lifetime experience.

From £2365pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Madaraka Safari

Madaraka Safari

If you are looking for a safari with a difference then look no further. The Maradaka Express is one of the newest train lines in Kenya offering travellers with a sense of adventure a fantastic new perspective on the country. Travel from Nairobi through the rugged Rift Valley, the wilds of Tsavo and onto the magnificent Indian Ocean coast at Mombasa, spotting wildlife and experiencing local life as you roll along.

From £799pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Wildlife, Wine and the Garden Route

Wildlife, Wine and the Garden Route

This unique tour departs from Cape Town and travels through the Karoo to explore the area around Oudtshoorn, and the coastal region of the Garden Route. Travel back via the magnificent Cape Winelands and the spectacular Whale Coast. The highlight? An overnight lodge experience in a 'Big Five' game reserve.

From £899pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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Kruger Wildlife Safari

Kruger Wildlife Safari

The Kruger National Park is the heart of South Africa's big game country. This magical tour offers wonderful wildlife encounters in the Kruger National Park and the contrasting landscapes of the Northern Province. With game-drives in 4x4 vehicles, you'll enjoy the opportunity to escape the crowds.

From £759pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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A World in One Country

A World in One Country

A wonderful tour where you’ll see and savour the immense richness of this beautiful region. From the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you’ll come to understand why South Africa is dubbed ‘A World in One Country’.

From £1999pp (excluding flights)

Call to book: 0203 668 8616

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