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Our itinerary ideas are a good first step if you’re thinking about embarking on a safari. You might already have a destination in mind and are looking to pin down your ideas. Perhaps you’d like to compare several different options. Or, you might want to find out what you can do at different times of year in different destinations. Whichever it is, these trip ideas are designed by our safari specialists to showcase just some of the experiences you can have and the places you can explore on an African safari.

Our specialists can tailor any of these itineraries to match your interests, tastes and budget. They’ll add in experiences to enrich your safari further, pick out the camps and lodges that will most appeal to you, and advise you on how to link up a safari across destinations. Let the journey begin.

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Ideas for your safari trip

These itineraries cover some of our most popular safaris and routes that work particularly well, as chosen by our safari specialists. Some focus purely on safari, others combine time in the bush with beach relaxation or a city break. Use them simply as inspiration, because your safari will be tailored to your particular tastes and interests by your dedicated specialist.

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    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 £2,655pp

  • The Battlefields, South Africa

    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 £2,995pp

  • Rhino, Greater Kruger Park

    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 £3,105pp

  • 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 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 £3,300pp

  • Road Sign In South Damaraland

    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 £3,340pp

  • Table Mountain South Africa

    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 £3,375pp

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    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 £3,695pp

  • Zebra, 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.

    • 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 £3,800pp

  • Mobile Tented Camp, Chobe National Park

    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 £3,805pp

  • Lioncub, Lake Manyara National Park

    Classic Tanzania: Safari & Beach

    • Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Selous Game Reserve.

    • 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 £3,810pp

  • A pride of lions in the Kruger

    Classic Kruger Safari & Mozambique by road

    • Track the Big Five during morning and afternoon game drives in Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

    • Follow the Panorama Route to Hazyview, taking in valleys, waterfalls and canyons.

    • Relax on the white-sand beaches of Mozambique’s Machangulo Peninsula.

    • Have a picnic on a secluded island and go snorkeling, fishing, diving and kayaking.

    12 days from £4,115pp

  • Lion cub, Masai Mara

    Culture, villages & wildlife of the Mara

    • Explore the wildlife-rich Masai Mara on safari.

    • Spend several days interacting and learning about the rural Maasai communities.

    • Accompany local mamas as they carry out their daily chores such as collecting water from the well.

    • Witness excellent work Free the Children are doing in Kenya.

    • Half of the profits of your time at Bogani goes back into development projects in communities you visit.

    9 days from £4,265pp

  • Lion, Etosha National Park

    Northern Namibia self-drive safari to Victoria Falls

    • Get up close and personal to the big cats at the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima.

    • Enjoy a big game safari in Etosha National Park.

    • View the wonderful riverine birdlife and wildlife of the Caprivi Strip bordering Botswana's Okavango Delta.

    • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and canoe along the Zambezi.

    15 days from £4,360pp

  • 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 £4,750pp

  • The Bua River, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

    Wild bush & beach adventure

    • Enjoy game drives in the wild Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to view elephant, buffalo and lion.

    • Spend an afternoon in a local village learning about Malawi's rich culture.

    • Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi.

    12 days from £4,820pp

  • Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

    Gorilla tracking & Zanzibar adventure

    • The highlight of this trip is the gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, an unforgettable experience!

    • You can also explore more of Rwanda's beautiful countryside and search for golden monkeys on a second guided hike.

    • Finish your adventures with time relaxing on Zanzibar's white sandy beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

    12 days from £5,075pp

  • The Victoria Falls, Zambia

    Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

    • Take a guided walking tour of Cape Town and visit Robben Island.

    • Hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain for views over the city, mountains and ocean.

    • Track wildlife such as elephant, cheetah and wild dogs in Kruger’s Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.

    • See, hear and feel the spray of Victoria Falls from a boat, helicopter or micro light.

    13 days from £5,205pp

  • Crawshay's Zebra

    South Luangwa safari

    • Relax with a drink as you watch the sun set over the Luangwa River from your treehouse at Chamilandu.

    • Enjoy a night safari searching for leopard, bushbabies, honeybadgers and porcupines.

    • Head out on an early morning walking safari, following the tracks of big game and searching for smaller animals in the bush.

    10 days from £5,250pp

  • The wildebeest migration, Kenya

    Classic Kenya Honeymoon

    • Enjoy breakfast with the resident giraffes at Giraffe Manor.

    • Experience the thrill of searching for the Big Five in the Masai Mara.

    • Relax on the idyllic white sandy beaches of the Kenya coast.

    15 days from £5,345pp

  • Santorini Mozambique, deck area outside suite

    Luxury Kruger Safari and Vilanculous Beach

    • Track the Big Five on twice daily game drives.

    • Discover the 350 bird species found within the Kruger National Park.

    • Enjoy a scenic transfer and marvel at the breathtaking views on the Panorama Route.

    • Kayak, dive and snorkel in Mozambique's warm Indian Ocean waters.

    11 days from £5,775pp

  • Young white rhino, Lewa wilderness conservancy

    Kenya Safari & Zanzibar Beach

    • Explore the fascinating Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya, famous for its excellent population of rhino.

    • Visit the Sweetwaters Chimp Sanctuary and Northern White Rhino conservation project.

    • Game view in the world famous Masai Mara, an excellent place to spot predators and other big game.

    • Stay in two fantastic Kicheche Camps which offer some of the best certified guiding in Kenya.

    • Relax beside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar, staying at a boutique beach resort.

    15 days from £5,960pp

  • The Chobe river attracts a variety of game

    Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta

    • Float along the Chobe River while spotting hippo and elephant on a boat safari.

    • Look out for leopard, lion, wild dog and zebra on morning and afternoon game drives.

    • Enjoy a relaxing mokoro boat trip along the delta’s waterways, spotting a variety of birdlife.

    • Head out on foot with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the Okavango ecosystem.

    • Stay in a remote and wild area for an authentic safari experience.

    12 days from £6,190pp

  • Wild Dogs

    South Luangwa & Mana Pools Safari

    • Enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drives.

    • Join expert guides on informative walking safaris.

    • See riverside wildlife on canoe and boat trips in Mana Pools.

    • Visit one of the best places in Africa for leopard spotting.

    • Stay on the mighty Zambezi River.

    9 days from £6,455pp

  • Flying over the Great Dune Sea on a Skeleton Coast Safari

    Luxury Namibia flying safari

    • See Namibia's vast and colourful landscapes, travelling by light aircraft between luxury camps.

    • Enjoy expert guiding as you track black rhino on foot and enjoy excellent game viewing in Etosha National Park.

    • Climb the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and experience the stark beauty of Namibia's most dramatic landscapes.

    10 days from £6,640pp

  • Meerkat family, Makgadikgadi Pans

    Botswana's salt pans safari

    • Walk with the bushmen in the Makgadikgadi Pans and learn about their traditional way of life.

    • Experience the dramatic skies and incredible sunsets of the Kalahari desert.

    • See the desert regions of Botswana come to life as the rain falls and deserts bloom.

    • Enjoy Botswana's spectacular wildlife.

    11 days from £6,750pp

  • Lioness and roan antelope, Busanga region, Kafue National Park

    Secrets of Kafue National Park

    • Search for the cheetah on the Busanga Plains.

    • Look for tree-climbing lions, sable and roan antelope.

    • Take a walking safari with expert guides at Musekese Camp.

    • Enjoy fantastic birding along the river throughout your safari.

    • Relax at the idyllic KaingU Lodge at the end of your trip.

    14 days from £6,965pp

  • Leopard South Africa

    Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls

    • Enjoy views across Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain and tour Robben Island.

    • Explore the Cape Peninsula and go wine tasting in the Winelands on two private tours.

    • Spot the Big Five on a luxury safari in a private game reserve within the Kruger.

    • Admire one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, visiting Zambia’s Victoria Falls.

    12 days from £6,995pp

  • Lion in the Kalahari

    Green season safari in the Okavango Delta

    • Enjoy a peaceful mokoro trip on the Delta waterways.

    • Take a boat trip to the Kwara heronry for a birdwatching spectacle.

    • Enjoy game drives and night drives in Kwando Concession which offers excellent game viewing opportunities.

    • Visit the remote Central Kalahari National Park which is at its best for game viewing in the Emerald Season.

    • Look out for the famous black-maned lions of the Central Kalahari on the prowl.

    12 days from £7,100pp

  • Hwange National Park, Hwange National Park

    Classic Zimbabwe explorer

    • Enjoy a half day canoe trail and see hippo, crocodiles and beautiful water birds from an open kayak.

    • Enjoy a glass of wine beside Lake Kariba, watching the sun set.

    • Have tea on the terrace at the Victoria Falls hotel.

    14 days from £7,905pp

  • Young impala, South Luangwa National Park

    Ultimate Zambia Safari

    • Enjoy some of the best walking safaris in Southern Africa as you explore in the South Luangwa.

    • Game drive through the wild and remote Kafue National Park.

    • Spend time exploring the Lower Zambezi National Park.

    • Relax by the spectacular Victoria Falls.

    15 days from £8,710pp

  • Rhinos, Kruger, South Africa

    Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

    • Discover Cape Town’s history and culture on a private walking tour and Robben Island visit.

    • See African penguins and stroll through the Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Cape Peninsula tour.

    • Spend a day wine tasting in the Cape Winelands.

    • Journey across South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail, visiting lesser-known areas of the country.

    • End with a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin private reserve, bordering the Kruger.

    13 days from £8,755pp

  • Mokoro, Botswana

    Cape Town, Botswana & Victoria Falls

    • Explore Cape Town’s history and coastline and admire the city from the summit of Table Mountain.

    • Track big game in Botswana and see smaller creatures on a guided bush walk.

    • Take in the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta on a peaceful mokoro trip.

    • Admire the natural spectacle of Victoria Falls from the air and visit nearby villages and markets.

    13 days from £8,870pp

  • Chimpanzee in the Mahale Mountains

    Chimpanzees of Western Tanzania

    • Search for thousand-strong herds of buffalo in Katavi National Park.

    • Watch chimpanzees on the slopes of the Mahale Mountains.

    • Swim in Lake Tanganyika, Africa's deepest lake.

    • Unwind on one of Zanzibar's pristine beaches.

    16 days from £8,955pp

  • Lion, Masai Mara, Kenya

    Luxury Kenya safari & beach

    • Relax in a stunning lodge in Kenya's northern Samburu region.

    • Safari in the magnificent Masai Mara, home to some of East Africa's best game viewing.

    • Relax and enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches around Diani on the Kenyan coast.

    17 days from £9,100pp

  • Elephant enjoying a mud bath

    Ultimate Kenya Safari: Amboseli, Meru and Masai Mara

    • Explore three of Kenya's best safari areas: Amboseli, Meru and the Masai Mara.

    • Enjoy game drives, night safaris, bush walks and sundowners on this luxurious itinerary.

    • Relax at the iconic Giraffe Manor and visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

    • Travel by light aircraft to avoid lengthy overland drives.

    15 days from £9,960pp

  • The Ngorongoro Crater

    Luxury Northern Tanzania Safari

    • Stay in the iconic Crater Lodge for spectacular views across Ngorongoro Crater.

    • Search for Big Cats in the Serengeti.

    • Explore Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park.

    • Travel to the remote northern reaches of the Serengeti by light aircraft.

    • Enjoy excellent accommodation and safari guiding throughout.

    13 days from £11,845pp

  • Skeleton Beach with whale bones and shipwrecks

    Skeleton Coast flying safari

    • Discover the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and visit the eerie Dead Vlei.

    • Explore the incredible scenery of Namibia's remote Skeleton Coast by light aircraft.

    • Land on a Skeleton Coast beach to explore untouched areas on foot.

    • Meet Himba tribes people and search for desert-adapted wildlife.

    • Take a boat trip on the Kunene River that divides Namibia from Angola, a narrow strip of lush green running through this desert area.

    • Track rhino in the Ongava Reserve and watch the wildlife at one of Etosha's waterholes.

    12 days from £13,150pp

  • Mombo Camp,Chiefs Island

    Luxury Botswana safari

    • Experience The Delta in luxury.

    • Be guided by world class rangers.

    • Light aircraft flights between camps give you a bird's eye view.

    • A unique mixture of safari activities.

    • Opulent accommodation throughout.

    12 days from £15,305pp

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