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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 an 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.

  • 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 Jemaa 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 a Berber village.

    7 days from €1,740pp

  • Deluxe Luxor and the Red Sea

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

    8 days from €2,105pp

  • 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 Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.

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

    10 days from €2,480pp

  • Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Overland

    • 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 €2,580pp

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

    • 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 €2,765pp

  • Cairo & Beach

    • 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 €2,940pp

  • Western Cape self-drive discovery

    • 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.

    15 days from €2,995pp

  • Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    • 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 €3,145pp

  • Battlefields and Midlands

    • 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.

    13 days from €3,185pp

  • 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 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 €3,605pp

  • Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

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

    • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin 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 €3,625pp

  • Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

    • 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 €3,700pp

  • Marrakesh, Mountains & Desert

    • 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 films.

    11 days from €3,760pp

  • 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 Ait Benhaddou.

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

    11 days from €3,840pp

  • Classic Namibia self-drive safari

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

    • Kayak amongst 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 €3,935pp

  • Best of Morocco & Southern 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 €3,995pp

  • Highlights of South Africa self-drive

    • 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 €3,995pp

  • Source of the Nile safari

    • Enjoy game drives in Murchison Falls National Park.

    • Take a boat trip to the foot of the thundering Murchsion 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.

    8 days from €4,080pp

  • 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 €4,210pp

  • Discover 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 - 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 €4,405pp

  • Mobile camping in the Okavango Delta

    • Explore the Okavango Delta in a small guided group.

    • Travel with like-minded people through one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa.

    • Wake up to the sounds of the bush surrounding your tent.

    • Spend as long as you like viewing birdlife and wildlife and taking in the beautiful scenery.

    9 days from €4,485pp

  • 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.

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

    • 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.

    13 days from €4,495pp

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