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Africa Tour Ideas

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.

  • The Movenpick Resort, El Quseir

    Mövenpick Resort El Quseir break

    Egypt
    • Keen scuba divers will love the splendid house reef and access to the Red Sea.
    • There are several onsite restaurants offering fine dining, lavish buffets and alfresco Italian cuisine.
    • The gorgeous sandy beach in front of the hotel is only accessible to guests.
    • Many of the Nubian styled rooms offer views out to the ocean or gardens.

    5 days from CAD710pp

  • Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada

    Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh break

    Egypt
    • Access to the unspoilt coral reefs straight from the private beach.
    • Enjoy a special dinner at the end of the pier overlooking the Red Sea.
    • Enjoy a luxurious sunset cruise on the hotel's personal boat.
    • All suites have a traditional Arabian influence with multiple rooms and sunken baths.

    5 days from CAD1,460pp

  • Riad Ilayka, Marrakesh

    Private riad stay in Marrakesh

    Morocco
    • Sample the hustle and bustle of the souqs of Marrakesh.

    • Explore the Atlas Mountains on a privately guided trek.

    • Enjoy a private cookery lesson — learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan meal.

    • Visit the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace.

    • Relax and spend time with family or friends in your own private Riad.

    8 days from CAD2,185pp

  • Karnak, Egypt

    Deluxe Luxor & the Red Sea

    Egypt
    • See Luxor's West Bank tombs with their well-preserved decoration.

    • Visit Luxor temple.

    • Relax by the Red Sea.

    • Enjoy the spa facilities at Hilton Luxor.

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

    8 days from CAD2,810pp

  • Essaouira

    Marrakesh, the High Atlas & Essaouira

    Morocco
    • 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 Berber villages.

    10 days from CAD3,505pp

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    Western Cape self-drive discovery

    South Africa
    • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.

    • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

    • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

    • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

    13 days from CAD3,720pp

  • Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal

    Battlefields & Midlands

    South Africa
    • Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.

    • Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.

    • Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.

    • Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

    11 days from CAD3,985pp

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

    Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Overland

    Egypt
    • Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.

    • Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.

    • Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.

    • Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.

    • Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.

    • Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.

    9 days from CAD4,205pp

  • 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.

    6 days from CAD4,660pp

  • Tram and cityscape, Lisbon

    Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    Portugal and Morocco
    • 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 CAD4,915pp

  • Bedouin Tent, Erg Chebbi

    Erg Chebbi desert circuit

    Morocco
    • 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 Ait 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 CAD4,995pp

  • 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.

    10 days from CAD5,165pp

  • Le Meridien, Dahab

    Cairo & Beach

    Egypt
    • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza.

    • Browse the fabulous Cairo Museum.

    • Dive on the reefs of the Red Sea.

    • Shop in Cairo's bustling souqs.

    • Explore the capital's '1000 minarets'.

    11 days from CAD5,245pp

  • 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 checkered 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.

    13 days from CAD5,265pp

  • Sahara Desert, The Erg Chebbi

    Imperial Cities & the Desert

    Morocco
    • 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 Ait Benhaddou.

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

    11 days from CAD5,435pp

  • Diademed sifaka, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

    Madagascar rainforest & island escape

    Madagascar
    • 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).

    11 days from CAD5,685pp

  • Ait Ben Haddou

    Marrakesh, mountains & desert tour

    Morocco
    • 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.

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

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

    11 days from CAD5,705pp

  • Harvest in the Middle Atlas, Morocco

    Sahara caravan trail — Marrakesh, mountains & desert

    Morocco
    • 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.

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

    • Visit Ait Ben Haddou, an iconic ksar town used as a location in many Hollywood films.

    9 days from CAD5,820pp

  • Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park

    Source of the Nile safari

    Uganda
    • 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.

    • Experience a river cruise on the original African Queen, restored from the famous film of the 1950s.

    6 days from CAD6,180pp

  • 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.

    13 days from CAD6,195pp

  • Giralda tower, Seville

    Best of Morocco & Southern Spain

    Morocco and Spain
    • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and have mint tea with a local family.

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

    • Visit the unparalleled majesty of the Alhambra Palace in Spain’s southern city of Granada.

    • Relax in the sun-drenched squares of Seville and experience a traditional flamenco performance.

    10 days from CAD6,525pp

  • Giraffe in Etosha National Park

    Namibia's wildlife highlights self-drive safari

    Namibia
    • 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.

    11 days from CAD6,655pp

  • Temple of Philae, Egypt

    Jordan & a cruise on the Nile

    Jordan and Egypt
    • Combine relaxation and culture on a Nile cruise.

    • Marvel at the antiquities of Petra.

    • View the awesome landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    • Explore the pyramid complexes around Cairo.

    • Relax by the Red Sea in Egypt.

    16 days from CAD6,660pp

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