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Africa, a continent of remarkable diversity, offers stunning landscapes, thriving ecosystems, and abundant wildlife. From the Sahara Desert to Mount Kilimanjaro, the allure of East and Southern Africa beckons luxury safari seekers. Further south, Zambia and Botswana offer water-focused safaris. South Africa promises “Big Five” sightings in stunning reserves. Beyond safaris, unique experiences like gorilla trekking and hot air balloon rides await. Africa’s rich cultural tapestry unfolds with vibrant nightlife and culinary delights.

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Africa is a treasure trove of unique safari experiences, from mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, to hot air balloon rides over the Masai Mara and heart-pounding diving in Zanzibar. Beyond safaris, Africa’s cultural tapestry unfolds with iconic Victoria Falls, the calm waterways of the Okavango Delta, and Cape Town’s culinary delights.

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Gemma

Africa Specialist

African safaris provide a unique opportunity for experts and wildlife enthusiasts alike to forge profound connections with the continent’s diverse and awe-inspiring wildlife. These safaris are not just about witnessing animals in their natural habitats; they offer a chance to immerse oneself in the intricacies of the animal kingdom, observing animal behaviors and interactions up close. For experts in fields like ecology, biology, or conservation, this hands-on experience can be invaluable, offering a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of ecosystems.

Best Places to go in Africa

Discover Africa’s captivating destinations, from the wildlife-rich Serengeti to the lush landscapes of Victoria Falls.

  • Kenya

    Kenya

    Kenya is synonymous with the great wildebeest migration, an awe-inspiring wildlife spectacle that takes place in Maasai Mara National Reserve. The country’s diverse ecosystems also encompass striking landscapes, including Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks and pristine beaches along the Indian Ocean.

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  • Rwanda

    Rwanda

    Rwanda is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” due to its picturesque, hilly terrain. It’s renowned for its mountain gorilla trekking experiences in Volcanoes National Park, offering a chance to encounter these magnificent creatures up close. The country has made remarkable strides in conservation and is a prime destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

    Rwanda
  • South Africa

    South Africa

    South Africa is a nation of extraordinary diversity, with stunning landscapes ranging from the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town to vast savannas teeming with wildlife. Kruger National Park is a top safari destination, while Cape Town offers a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty along its coastline.

    South Africa
  • Tanzania

    Tanzania

    Tanzania is a land of remarkable diversity, featuring Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the iconic Serengeti National Park. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and Maasai Mara is a wildlife spectacle of epic proportions. The country also encompasses the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, where a vast array of wildlife congregates.

    Tanzania
  • Uganda

    Uganda

    Uganda, often called the “Pearl of Africa,” boasts diverse landscapes, including lush forests, savannas, and the stunning Lake Victoria. Visitors flock to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla tracking, while Queen Elizabeth National Park provides excellent safari opportunities, showcasing Uganda’s rich wildlife.

    Uganda
  • Botswana

    Botswana

    Botswana is known for its pristine wilderness and low-impact tourism, offering exclusive safari experiences in the Okavango Delta, home to abundant wildlife. Chobe National Park is famous for its large elephant herds, while the Makgadikgadi Pans provide a unique desert adventure.

    Botswana
  • Zambia

    Zambia

    Zambia offers a more off-the-beaten-path African experience, highlighted by the mighty Victoria Falls. The country boasts incredible walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and wildlife.

    Zambia

First time planning a safari?

Is this your first time planning a luxury safari tour in Africa? You’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help answer any questions you may have. If you haven’t already, why not check out our dedicated first time safari page, where you can find answers to commonly asked questions and start planning an adventure of a lifetime!

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Best time to visit Africa

The best time to visit Africa varies depending on the specific regions and activities you have in mind. Generally, the dry season, which typically falls between June and October, is an ideal time for safaris and wildlife viewing in countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Southern Africa also offers a great period between June and October, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it is winter in South Africa, so the temperatures are cooler. For those looking for specific experiences – like gorilla trekking or witnessing the great migration – then our in-house Africa specialist, Gemma, offers country and region specific recommendations as Africa’s vast size and diverse climates mean that optimal travel times can differ widely.

 

What to do in Africa

Experience the thrill of a safari in East Africa, explore the stunning landscapes of Southern Africa, or indulge in cultural adventures across the continent’s diverse regions.

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    Trek with mountain gorillas, Uganda

    One of the country’s highlights is trekking to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This immersive experience allows you to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat for one hour, fostering a deep connection with our closest relatives.

  • Botswana

    An Okavango Delta safari, Botswana

    Botswana is a premier safari destination known for its pristine wilderness and exceptional wildlife encounters. A safari in the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas, allows you to navigate through its labyrinthine waterways by traditional mokoro canoes. Enjoy game drives within the Delta, with an abundance of wildlife.

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    Witness the Great Migration, Tanzania

    Tanzania beckons travelers with its stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife. Witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle as millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the plains in search of greener  pastures. Whether it’s the calving season in the Ndutu Plains, or river crossings in Kogatende, you’re in for a treat.

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    Immerse in local culture, Kenya

    Kenya’s rich cultural heritage can be explored by visiting Maasai villages and interacting with the indigenous communities. Safaris in the Masai Mara National park are often guided by local Maasai, who have been trained to become professional, exceptional safari guides. For adventure enthusiasts, perhaps do a hot balloon ride over the savannah provide adrenaline-pumping activities.

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    Wine and dine in Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town is South Africa’s cosmopolitan gem, and rightly so. The city has everything – mountains, beaches, history, culture, art, wildlife, and some of the best restaurants and fine dining in the world. Spending a few days in Cape Town is the perfect destination to combine with the Cape Winelands and a safari.

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    Watch elephants cross the Zambezi, Zambia

    The Lower Zambezi National Park is one Zambia’s most treasured parks. Opposite Zimbabwe side, the Lower Zambezi’s position on the Zambezi River allows you to do boat and canoe safaris, enjoying a sundowner, observing crocodiles basking on the banks, hippos beneath the water, and elephants gracefully cross to higher islands.

 

Africa advice from the experts

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    Best national parks in Tanzania to visit

    If you have never been on a safari to Tanzania before, the choice of which national park, reserve, or conservancy can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Whether it’s the northern, southern, or western parks, the sights you see and safari activities you experience will be truly unforgettable. For many, a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It often features at the top of the list when it comes to a travel bucket list, and rightly so. Tanzania offers sightings of the Big Five, the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park, habituated chimpanzees in Mahale Forest, as well as a variety of unique safari activities like fly camping and bush walking. With all this in mind, we’ve put together a guide of the best national parks in Tanzania.
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    Best Time to Visit Botswana

    Unlike some destinations, the best time to go to Botswana is a bit complex as it really depends on why you’re planning a visit, where you want to go and what your interests are. For some, the best time to go can be the worst time for others. Keep in mind that weather patterns across Africa and many other places across the globe have become increasingly unpredictable. There have been downpours in deserts when it should be dry, and droughts in places where it should be raining. That said, this overview of the seasons can provide you with a general ideal of the best time to visit Botswana for your dream trip.

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    Gorilla Safaris

    There are only around 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world today. These gorillas can be found in the dense rainforests in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wherever you head to for your gorilla trek, the experience will be simply magical. When you are in the presence of a mountain gorilla – be it a whole family, or a huge Silverback gorilla – you will feel vulnerable and humbled at the same time. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although there is constant threat to these incredible primates, conservation and tourism initiatives is what keeps them protected. The cost of gorilla permits may seem quite high ($750 per person in Uganda, and $1,500 per person in Rwanda) but this money goes directly towards the protection of the mountain gorillas, contributing to ranger salaries and sustaining their efforts. We regularly get asked “What is the difference between a Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trek?” Our travel experts have done both experiences so we are happy to discuss the differences with you over the phone but, as a short overview, the main difference is the logistics behind the treks.
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    Best Time to Visit Kenya

    Kenya is a beautiful and diverse country – home to mountain ranges, the African Rift Valley, forests, lakes, savannahs and extended coastlines. Although each of the specific destinations have best times to visit, Kenya enjoys warm temperatures and good conditions year round.
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    11 bucket-list safaris in Africa

    An African safari is on so many travelers bucket lists, and rightly so. There are so many fantastic destinations to do a safari in Africa - with Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia to name a few. Each destination offers a unique experience and our safari specialists can advise and organize a trip that suits you perfectly. Whether it’s vast open savannahs or dense forests, sightings of a wildebeest migration or a family of endangered mountain gorillas whilst gorilla trekking, Africa offers something for everyone. For some inspiration, we’ve put together our top 10 bucket-list safaris in Africa.
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    Best Time to Visit South Africa

    South Africa is incredibly diverse, offering something for everyone from nature and wildlife lovers to adventurers, foodies and history enthusiasts. While it can be visited year-round, the best time to visit South Africa depends on your budget and the type of experience you’d like to enjoy.
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    Best Restaurants in Cape Town

    Cape Town has a vibrate food scene, there are so many restaurants to choose from! There is everything from food street markets to award-winning, fine dining establishments. Many of the places on our list are in stunning locations; overlooking the sea, on the slopes of Table Mountain or in a Vineyard. Food in South Africa tends to focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared in a variety of ways. South Africa is a nation of carnivores, 'having a braai' or bbq is the national pastime, but vegan and vegetarian cooking is becoming more popular and can be easily catered for. Many restaurants offer traditional South African dishes, for example, a Cape Malay Curry or Bobotie which is a minced beef bake. Other restaurants are looking for modern ways to create dishes and fuse new flavours. For guests coming to Cape Town the strength of your currency makes eating out very affordable and most of the wine is homegrown and very reasonably priced.

    Your consultant will be able to discuss adding restaurant bookings to your itinerary to create the ultimate foodie experience.

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    When to visit Victoria Falls

    If you're planning a trip to Victoria Falls, you’ll first want to consider the best time to visit. The volume of water that powers over Victoria Falls differs throughout the year which in turn changes the landscape and experience of the falls. This guide gives you an insight into how Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Wonders of the World - looks each month.

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    Best Time To Go On Safari

    Africa is a vast continent and the best time to visit varies hugely depending on the area, the weather patterns are specific to each country. The dry season is normally the best time for safari as the animals congregate around waterholes and the vegetation is less dense, making game viewing easier. Having said that, every season is special in Africa. The arrival of the rains will often result in the birth of many baby animals which is a wonderful thing to see on safari. Generally, in East Africa the dry seasons are January to March and June to October. For Southern Africa, the dry season is May to October. There are many local variations to this, often travelling just outside the peak dry season offers great value for money.

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    Guide to the Masai Mara

    Kenya is located in East Africa and, as a destination, it is renowned for being one of the best safaris in Africa. With over 20 national parks and game reserves to choose from, you could quite easily spend a numerous weeks on safari in Kenya, with exceptional game viewing every day. That said, the most famous and popular national park to enjoy a Kenya safari in is the Masai Mara National Reserve. This park is located in the south of the country, on the border of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Both parks share the same ecosystem, and were both used as inspiration for Disney’s The Lion King (1994). The main difference is that the Serengeti is five times larger than the Mara. As a result, the wildlife is, to some extent, denser, especially in the Mara Triangle. Banner image: Karen Blixen Camp
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    Safari Hacks for Family Safaris

    A safari is an immersive travel experience and children usually love it for this reason. They can spot wildlife, ask the safari guides as many questions as they like, they can take part in nature walks and bush schools, and many more. For these reasons alone, children tend to be kept entertained throughout your safari but, as parents ourselves, we know that this is not always the case! The safari guides are usually fantastic at keeping the children entertained throughout the safari, even when there is less wildlife to see than usual. They do all they can to make sure the children and family have the best experience. Our Africa specialist, Gemma, was told by a safari guide that he sometimes hides small frog toys around the safari vehicle or their safari room for them to find when they are getting a little bored. She also explains that the key to a great family safari is not only to keep the children entertained, but also the parents! At the end of the day, it is their safari too so keeping the whole family engaged and entertained is the main aim. With that in mind, both our specialists have put together some safari hacks for keeping kids entertained together: Image credit: Young Explorer Ker & Downey
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    Best Time To Go On Safari

    Africa is a vast continent and the best time to visit varies hugely depending on the area, the weather patterns are specific to each country. The dry season is normally the best time for safari as the animals congregate around waterholes and the vegetation is less dense, making game viewing easier. Having said that, every season is special in Africa. The arrival of the rains will often result in the birth of many baby animals which is a wonderful thing to see on safari. Generally, in East Africa the dry seasons are January to March and June to October. For Southern Africa, the dry season is May to October. There are many local variations to this, often travelling just outside the peak dry season offers great value for money.

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FAQs

What is the best time to visit Africa?

Although there are local variations depending on which country you visit in Africa, generally speaking, Africa offers warm and pleasant temperatures year round because of its proximity to the equator. Countries in North Africa like Morocco and Egypt tend to get very hot in the middle of the summer, so shoulder seasons like May or September are attractive. For safari destinations, the period between June and October is generally the best time to visit because it offers a longer, dry season with good game viewing. That said, each national park will have its own microclimate so we can be more specific if you have a destination in mind.

Which country in Africa is best for a first safari?

All safari destinations will provide that ‘wow-factor’ to somebody who has never been on safari before, however, there are a few destinations we’d recommend for first-time safaris in particular. Kenya is a great choice and this is because of its ease and accessibility into the Masai Mara. For those traveling from the UK or the US, there are direct flights to Nairobi, and from there, you take a one-hour flight into the Masai Mara to start your safari. The game viewing is also very reliable and offers exceptional guiding, accommodation, and culture too. The second is South Africa. This is because many of the game reserves offer very high chances to see the Big Five (the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). It’s also great value for money and less expensive than other safari destinations.

Where can I go gorilla trekking in Africa?

This is certainly a bucket-list experience and one that is becoming more popular which is great. The mountain gorillas live across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo across the Virunga mountain range. You can trek to see the habituated gorillas in both Uganda (Bwindi Forest) and Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park). The cost of a gorilla permit is $700 per person in Uganda, and $1,400 per person in Rwanda and this money goes directly back into the conservation and protection of the mountain gorillas. A gorilla trek can be combined with a safari too for those looking to extend the trip. 

 

Which are the best safari destinations in Africa?

Where do we start!? There are so many unique and ‘bucket-list’ destinations across Africa. Some of the most iconic parks for a safari include the Okavango Delta (Botswana), the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), the Masai Mara National Park (Kenya), the Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania), and the Kruger National Park (South Africa). Some parks are better suited for different people – such as honeymooners, families, and solo travelers. Other parks are better for specific wildlife species – like wild dog, rhino, or birding. Our experts will recommend destinations that are suited to you – your likes, dislikes, desires, and budget among others. 

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