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Africa Holidays

Discover Africa

The second-largest continent on Earth, Africa is impossibly diverse. Holidays here manage to seamlessly blend exploration, relaxation and wildlife for a truly unique experience.

If you want to get back to nature, take a look at our collection of African safari holidays. In beautiful countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana, you can see amazing birdlife and go on exciting game drives in search of the 'Big Five'. See the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley become awash with pink as flamingos descend en masse. Witness the annual Great Migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Or head to the volcanic Ngorongoro Crater – widely considered one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Then, at the end of the day, take in the mesmerising sunset and watch as giraffes, elephants and umbrella-like acacia trees become silhouetted against a burnt ochre sky.

However, holidays to Africa aren’t all about safaris. If game drives aren’t your cup of tea, you’ll find plenty more to do beyond the plains. With almost 19,000 miles of coastline, Africa has some splendid beaches, as well as ample dolphin and whale-watching opportunities. And the colourful coral reefs in East Africa support an array of marine life and offer excellent diving and snorkelling.

But it doesn’t stop there. You take a helicopter ride over rolling sand dunes in Namibia; trek with mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda; sip Chenin Blanc and Pinotage in South Africa’s Winelands; or climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa's highest mountain. And, if you head to the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, you can swim to the edge of Victoria Falls – one of the largest waterfalls on the planet. Meanwhile, glittering cities like Cape Town boast spectacular dining scenes, fascinating history and exceptional hotels.

There’s not much that a holiday to Africa can’t provide. Whether you want to combine wildlife and beaches in Kenya, go on road trip along South Africa’s Garden Route, or cruise along the Nile, our experts can help you plan the perfect holiday. We offer a range of itineraries, and each one can be tailored to you.

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African beaches

With coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea, there’s plenty of scope to enjoy some sun, sea and sand on an Africa holiday. Zanzibar is perhaps Africa’s ultimate beach destination. A tiny island just off the coast of Tanzania, it easily gives the likes of the Maldives and Seychelles a run for their money. A real tropical paradise, its white-sand beaches are fringed with palm trees and lapped by crystal clear water.

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If you’re going on safari in the Masai Mara and want to turn your Africa holiday into a multi-centre, there’s no need to leave the country – Kenya also has some fabulous beaches. Diani is one of the most beautiful, but you’ll find fringing reefs and diver sites on the coast both north and south of Mombassa.

South Africa also has plenty of golden beaches, many of which offer great surfing, diving and snorkelling. Those around Plettenberg Bay are ideal for shore-based whale-watching and dolphin-spotting, while Cape Town’s Boulders Beach is famous for its protected colony of African penguins.

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African safaris

An African safari is high on many people’s bucket lists – and for good reason. They offer the ultimate wildlife-viewing experience and a real sense of adventure. Besides world-famous National Parks, like the Serengeti, Kruger and Addo Elephant Park, there are countless private game reserves dotted across the continent. Depending how independent you want to be, you can join an escorted group safari on your Africa holiday, or our experts can help you plan a private self-drive tour.

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As you bump along dusty tracks in a 4x4, you’ll encounter a menagerie that includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hippos. And, if you’re really lucky, you might even spot the infamous ‘Big Five’ – that’s lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. To make your safari holiday in Africa truly special, take to the skies. Watch animals roam from above as you soar through the clouds on a private plane, or witness the sunrise over the savannah with an early-morning hot air balloon ride.

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Outdoor Adventures

A safari may be the premier activity on offer during an Africa holiday, but it’s by no means the only one. This continent’s vast and varied landscapes allow for countless other outdoor adventures. If you’re a keen hiker, you’ll be spoiled for choice by the many mountain ranges. Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest – and most popular – peak, but the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and Mount Kenya all present their own challenges. And if you visit Uganda or Rwanda, you can trek through dense vegetation in search of mountain gorillas.

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Africa’s waterways allow for further exploits. You can relax on a gentle river cruise, canoe past hippos in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, or kayak with seals in Namibia’s Walvis Bay. Or if white-water rafting’s your thing, you’ll find Grade Five rapids on certain sections of the Nile and Zambezi rivers.

If you’re a proper adrenaline-junkie, there are a number of places in Africa where you can bungee jump. At 216 metres, Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape is one of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumps. But perhaps the most scenic jump is that off the Victoria Falls Bridge at the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

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Cities in Africa

The most striking sights in Africa may be found on the plains or along the coast, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook its urban centres. If you want to include a city break in your Africa holiday, Cape Town is a popular choice. Besides a spectacular natural setting, it boasts superb bars, innovative restaurants and plays host to many major sporting events. But it’s not the only South African metropolis worth visiting. With thriving art and music scenes, sprawling Johannesburg is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most exciting cities.

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If history’s your thing, you should also consider some of Egypt’s cities. Cairo may be chaotic but it has great museums and a remarkable number of beautiful mosques. In nearby Giza you can see the famous pyramids, while the portside city of Alexandria was founded in 331BC by Alexander the Great and was once home to the towering Pharos lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Morocco’s exotic cities, meanwhile, offer an indulgent mix of history, culture, adventure and luxury. Take in the sounds and smells of Marrakesh’s labyrinth-like souks; browse the art galleries and boutiques in atmospheric Essaouira; or head to the medieval city of Fez, where it sometimes feels like time’s stood still.

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Beaches

African beaches

With coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea, there’s plenty of scope to enjoy some sun, sea and sand on an Africa holiday. Zanzibar is perhaps Africa’s ultimate beach destination. A tiny island just off the coast of Tanzania, it easily gives the likes of the Maldives and Seychelles a run for their money. A real tropical paradise, its white-sand beaches are fringed with palm trees and lapped by crystal clear water.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re going on safari in the Masai Mara and want to turn your Africa holiday into a multi-centre, there’s no need to leave the country – Kenya also has some fabulous beaches. Diani is one of the most beautiful, but you’ll find fringing reefs and diver sites on the coast both north and south of Mombassa.

South Africa also has plenty of golden beaches, many of which offer great surfing, diving and snorkelling. Those around Plettenberg Bay are ideal for shore-based whale-watching and dolphin-spotting, while Cape Town’s Boulders Beach is famous for its protected colony of African penguins.

Show More
Show Less

Safaris

African safaris

An African safari is high on many people’s bucket lists – and for good reason. They offer the ultimate wildlife-viewing experience and a real sense of adventure. Besides world-famous National Parks, like the Serengeti, Kruger and Addo Elephant Park, there are countless private game reserves dotted across the continent. Depending how independent you want to be, you can join an escorted group safari on your Africa holiday, or our experts can help you plan a private self-drive tour.

Show More
Show Less

As you bump along dusty tracks in a 4x4, you’ll encounter a menagerie that includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hippos. And, if you’re really lucky, you might even spot the infamous ‘Big Five’ – that’s lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. To make your safari holiday in Africa truly special, take to the skies. Watch animals roam from above as you soar through the clouds on a private plane, or witness the sunrise over the savannah with an early-morning hot air balloon ride.

Show More
Show Less

Outdoor

Outdoor Adventures

A safari may be the premier activity on offer during an Africa holiday, but it’s by no means the only one. This continent’s vast and varied landscapes allow for countless other outdoor adventures. If you’re a keen hiker, you’ll be spoiled for choice by the many mountain ranges. Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest – and most popular – peak, but the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and Mount Kenya all present their own challenges. And if you visit Uganda or Rwanda, you can trek through dense vegetation in search of mountain gorillas.

Show More
Show Less

Africa’s waterways allow for further exploits. You can relax on a gentle river cruise, canoe past hippos in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, or kayak with seals in Namibia’s Walvis Bay. Or if white-water rafting’s your thing, you’ll find Grade Five rapids on certain sections of the Nile and Zambezi rivers.

If you’re a proper adrenaline-junkie, there are a number of places in Africa where you can bungee jump. At 216 metres, Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape is one of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumps. But perhaps the most scenic jump is that off the Victoria Falls Bridge at the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

Show More
Show Less

City Breaks

Cities in Africa

The most striking sights in Africa may be found on the plains or along the coast, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook its urban centres. If you want to include a city break in your Africa holiday, Cape Town is a popular choice. Besides a spectacular natural setting, it boasts superb bars, innovative restaurants and plays host to many major sporting events. But it’s not the only South African metropolis worth visiting. With thriving art and music scenes, sprawling Johannesburg is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most exciting cities.

Show More
Show Less

If history’s your thing, you should also consider some of Egypt’s cities. Cairo may be chaotic but it has great museums and a remarkable number of beautiful mosques. In nearby Giza you can see the famous pyramids, while the portside city of Alexandria was founded in 331BC by Alexander the Great and was once home to the towering Pharos lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Morocco’s exotic cities, meanwhile, offer an indulgent mix of history, culture, adventure and luxury. Take in the sounds and smells of Marrakesh’s labyrinth-like souks; browse the art galleries and boutiques in atmospheric Essaouira; or head to the medieval city of Fez, where it sometimes feels like time’s stood still.

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