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Always dreamt of seeing the Big Five, yet also craving some time on the beach? Bringing the family but not sure how to keep everyone safe and entertained? Or are you hoping to combine vineyards and gardens with beaches and whale watching?

Africa is such a vast and diverse continent, but our specialists have put together a series of sample itineraries to give you an idea of what’s possible there.

Drawing on their in-depth knowledge, they’ll help you shape a trip based on your interests, whether you want to track the Great Migration, discover Namibia’s starkly beautiful desert landscapes or relax on the white-sand beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

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Ideas for your trip to Africa

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Africa, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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  • Djemaa el Fna

    Luxury highlights of Marrakesh

    • Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.

    • Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.

    • Spend a day with an Amazigh family in the High Atlas Mountains.

    • Visit the women's weaving centre in the Atlas Mountains and support the charitable efforts of the Assafou Foundation, who support rural mountainous communities.

    5 days from £2,270pp

  • Errachidia Oasis, High Atlas Mountains

    Marrakesh & the High Atlas Mountains

    • Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.

    • Watch street performers and sample Moroccan street food in Djemaa el Fna square.

    • Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.

    • Go trekking with a private guide in the High Atlas Mountains and visit an Amazigh village.

    7 days from £2,345pp

  • Karnak, Egypt

    Luxury Luxor & Red Sea beaches

    • Tour Luxor's West Bank tombs privately with their well-preserved decoration and hieroglyphics.

    • Visit the vast temple complexes at Luxor and Karnak.

    • Enjoy the infinity pool at Hilton Luxor which overlooks the Nile.

    • Snorkel among tropical fish in the Red Sea's coral reefs.

    • Relax and unwind at the most luxurious hotel on the Red Sea, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.

    8 days from £2,745pp

  • M.S. Sonesta St. George I

    Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Nile cruise

    • Privately tour the Giza pyramids, the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World.

    • Enjoy the scenery of the Nile Valley on a romantic cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

    • Discover ancient and incredibly well-preserved tombs and temples on Luxor's West Bank.

    • Explore lesser-known and lesser-visited temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo.

    7 days from £2,995pp

  • Franschhoek vineyards

    The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive tour

    South Africa
    • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.

    • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.

    • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.

    • Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

    • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.

    11 days from £2,995pp

  • Statue of Hatshepsut at her temple, West Bank at Luxor

    Classic Cairo, Luxor & Aswan overland

    • Privately tour the Pyramids of Giza, the last surviving wonder of the Ancient World.

    • Decipher hieroglyphics in the impressive and well-preserved temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.

    • Visit the lesser known and lesser visited temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo dedicated to Ancient Egyptian Gods.

    • Take a relaxing felucca ride to a Nubian village in Aswan and experience this unique culture first-hand.

    9 days from £3,245pp

  • The Battlefields, South Africa

    Classic KwaZulu-Natal self-drive tour

    South Africa
    • Visit local artisans and sample some of the excellent food on offer in the Natal Midlands.

    • Follow hiking trails independently or with a guide in the striking Drakensberg Mountains.

    • Discover the history of the Battlefields area on a guided tour of two battle sites.

    • Spot the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

    12 days from £3,305pp

  • Essaouira

    Marrakesh, the High Atlas & Essaouira

    • Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.

    • Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.

    • Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.

    • Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouira's historic medina and fishing port.

    • Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Amazigh villages.

    10 days from £3,395pp

  • Leopard in Kruger National Park

    Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

    South Africa
    • Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.

    • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

    • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.

    • Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.

    8 days from £3,415pp

  • Le Meridien, Dahab

    Cairo & the Red Sea family adventure

    • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and take a camel ride across the iconic Giza plateau for some memorable family photos.

    • Take a food tour through downtown Cairo and sample delicious local street food as well as hearty Egyptian classic dishes.

    • Take a trip through time as you privately tour the National Egyptian Museum and see fascinating artefacts including Tutankhamun's iconic death mask.

    • Take the family snorkelling or diving on the amazingly colourful reefs of the Red Sea.

    • Stay at the Movenpick El Quseir which offers a range of activities and fun for all the family.

    8 days from £3,745pp

  • Diademed sifaka, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

    Madagascar rainforest & island escape

    • Hear the haunting call of the indri across the Andasibe rainforest at dawn.

    • Search for a variety of lemurs and other wildlife while hiking through the rainforest.

    • Take a bike ride through the small villages of Île Sainte-Marie.

    • Enjoy a picnic on one of the island’s idyllic deserted beaches.

    • Go whale watching off Madagascar’s eastern coast (seasonal).

    13 days from £4,080pp

  • Table Mountain South Africa

    Highlights of South Africa self-drive tour

    South Africa
    • Hike up to the summit of Table Mountain for sweeping views over the city and ocean.

    • Learn about Cape Town’s chequered history on a private guided walking tour.

    • Indulge in wine tasting at some of the award-winning estates in the Winelands region and go on a walking tour of the historical town of Stellenbosch.

    • Take relaxing strolls along Plettenberg Bay’s golden sands and enjoy whale and dolphin spotting.

    • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife species on safari in Addo Elephant National Park.

    15 days from £4,080pp

  • Dead Vlei

    Namibia self-drive family safari

    • Climb up the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

    • Kayak among the hundred-strong seal colony at Pelican Point.

    • Sit up late into the night around the floodlit waterhole in Etosha and watch the animals come to drink.

    15 days from £4,110pp

  • Penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Town

    The Cape Triangle

    South Africa
    • Take in a combination of Cape Town’s greatest highlights by heading to the top of Table Mountain by cable car before joining a privately guided tour of Cape Point Peninsula, alongside a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

    • Sample South Africa’s renowned food and wine scene by tram, hopping between estates and award-winning restaurants for wine flights and pairings in the Cape Winelands.

    • Explore the Cederberg Mountains rugged landscapes on foot, while discovering ancient San rock art.

    11 days from £4,290pp

  • Rhino in Etosha

    Classic Namibia self-drive safari

    • Watch an incredible sunrise and sunset over Sossusvlei’s orange dunes.

    • Kayak among hundreds of seals at the Pelican Point seal colony near Swakopmund.

    • Head out with a guide to track desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland.

    • Admire Twyfelfontein’s rock art, carved by hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago.

    • Enjoy a safari in Etosha National Park, watching lion, zebra and elephant drinking at waterholes.

    15 days from £4,435pp

  • Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park

    Source of the Nile safari

    • Enjoy game drives in Murchison Falls National Park.

    • Take a boat trip to the foot of the thundering Murchison Falls.

    • Go chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest.

    • Search for rhino at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

    8 days from £4,550pp

  • Tram and cityscape, Lisbon

    Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    Morocco and Portugal
    • Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.

    • Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.

    • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.

    • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

    • Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

    8 days from £4,835pp

  • Chameleon, Amber Mountain National Park (Montagne D'Ambre), Madagascar

    Rainforests & beaches of northern Madagascar

    • Walk to the waterfalls in Amber Mountain National Park, finding chameleons as small as your thumbnail on the way.

    • Lie on Nosy Komba's white sandy beaches watching the local fisherman paddle past in their pirogues.

    • Explore the Ankarana Special Reserve at night, looking for sportive lemurs, chameleons and more.

    15 days from £4,890pp

  • Giraffe in Etosha National Park

    Namibia's wildlife highlights self-drive safari

    • Enjoy a self-drive safari or guided game drives in Etosha National Park.

    • Watch lion, giraffe and elephant drinking from waterholes vital to their survival.

    • Admire the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, created up to 10,000 years ago.

    • Spend time on the coast and exploring the dune wildlife close to Swakopmund.

    • Track desert-adapted elephant in the red-rock landscape of Damaraland.

    13 days from £4,895pp

  • Temple of Philae, Egypt

    Jordan & a romantic Egyptian Nile cruise

    Jordan and Egypt
    • Marvel at the antiquities of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

    • Take a 4x4 tour across the vast, rocky, awesome landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    • Explore the pyramid complexes at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur with your private guide.

    • Cruise down the Nile and combine relaxation and culture whilst visiting awe-inspiring, ancient temples.

    • Snorkel among the first class, pristine reefs of the Red Sea.

    16 days from £4,945pp

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Discover South Africa

    South Africa
    • Tour the Cape Peninsula with a private guide — explore Cape Point and spot African penguins on Boulders Beach.

    • Drive through incredible scenery and visit charming towns along the Garden Route.

    • See whales off Plettenberg Bay (July to November) and spot seals and dolphins all year round.

    • Enjoy guided game drives on an Eastern Cape safari, looking out for the Big Five.

    15 days from £4,950pp

  • Bedouin Tent, Erg Chebbi

    Erg Chebbi Desert Circuit

    • Discover the main sights of Marrakesh, including the bustling main square, Djemaa El Fna.

    • Drive through beautiful Atlas Mountain scenery, visiting the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou.

    • Ride a camel through the Erg Chebbi dunes and camp under the stars in the desert.

    • Visit the remote Saharan town of Zagora, exploring the surrounding palm groves.

    • Relax in the oasis of Skoura, visiting some of the area's ruined and restored kasbahs.

    8 days from £4,995pp

  • Tsavo West, Kenya

    Kenya by train

    • Visit Nairobi National Park, which boasts spectacular wildlife including large numbers of rhino.

    • Take a picnic in the Ngong Hills for spectacular views across Kenya.

    • Enjoy a wildlife-rich safari both by private vehicle and also on foot.

    • Snorkel in the Kisite Marine Park, with the chance of seeing dolphins and enjoy a delicious Swahili lunch.

    13 days from £4,995pp

  • Lion cub, Lake Manyara National Park

    Classic Tanzania: safari & beach

    Tanzania and Zanzibar Archipelago
    • Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Nyerere National Park.

    • Enjoy a sunset boat trip along the Rufiji River, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and waders.

    • Follow animal tracks and learn about smaller wildlife species on guided bush walks.

    • Relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and explore the island’s spice farms.

    12 days from £5,080pp

  • Aït Benhaddou, High Atlas Mountains

    Marrakesh, mountains & desert tour

    • Embark on a 'tasting trail' through vibrant Marrakesh, discovering the country's delicious cuisine.

    • Spend a night in a luxury tented camp in the Sahara Desert.

    • Visit Aït Benhaddou, an iconic ksar town used as a location in many films.

    • Hike through the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and meet a local Amazigh family.

    11 days from £5,245pp

  • Sahara Desert, The Erg Chebbi

    Imperial cities & the desert

    • Relax in a traditional hammam in Marrakesh.

    • Enjoy a camel ride through the dunes in the Erg Chebbi.

    • Marvel at the ancient Roman ruins and well-preserved mosaics of Volubilis.

    • Visit the historic kasbahs — Telouet and Aït Benhaddou.

    • Perfect your bartering skills in Fez's labyrinthine souqs.

    11 days from £5,425pp

  • Serengeti National Park

    Classic northern Tanzania safari

    • Search for the Big Five on private game drives in northern Tanzania's best-known reserves.

    • Experience the dramatic scenery of the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Highlands, and explore the Serengeti’s sweeping plains.

    • Track endangered black rhino and see lion, hyena and buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater.

    • Watch flamingos and hippo around the shores of Lake Manyara.

    9 days from £5,990pp