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Holiday style

Whatever your style or specific interests, we’ll create the perfect African trip for you with handpicked lodges, camps and hotels.

Browse the below to get inspired then get in contact to start planning your tailor made safari with the experts.


Family holidays

Family holidays

With the best family-friendly camps, child-focused activities and talented guide, there's nothing quite like a family safari in Africa.

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Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Secluded candlelit canvas tents with elephants ambling by and castaway Indian Ocean islands. There's nothing as romantic as a honeymoon in Africa.

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Private villas & houses

Private villas & houses

For those travelling in a larger group or simply seeking a little extra privacy and luxury, these trips stay at the finest exclusive-use properties.

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Solo Travel

Solo Travel

A combination of economical rates, fantastic atmospheres and enjoyable shared activities make these holidays great for a solo traveller.

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Choose from our range of holiday types

Follow your passions, from experiencing unique cultures and indulging in a little luxury to exploring the wilderness on horseback or diving on vibrant coral reefs.


Beach holidays

Beach holidays

Discover Africa's coast and tropical Indian Ocean islands, leaving only footprints in the sand on these beautiful beach holidays.

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Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Discreet hides, superb guiding and richly diverse habitats for fantastic sightings on our top African birdwatching holidays.

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Cultural experiences

Cultural experiences

Africa is all about its people. Get an insight into the cultures and history of this wonderfully rich continent with these carefully chosen experiences.

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Diving & snorkelling

Diving & snorkelling

Explore beneath ‘the big blue’ for more unforgettable wildlife encounters on these underwater adventures, whatever your experience level.

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Luxury

Luxury

Trips staying in Africa's finest luxury properties.

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Photography holidays

Photography holidays

Chosen for great guiding, stunning scenery and access to rich wildlife, these holidays are well suited to the keen photographer.

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Riding holidays

Riding holidays

Experience safari from a new perspective with riding trips into the bush to encounter game on horseback. 

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Walking

Walking

Hike Africa's most scenic trails to summit mountains, follow epic coastal paths and cross ancient deserts.

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Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Reconnect to nature and encounter wildlife with expert guides – there's no better way to experience Africa's wilderness than on foot.

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Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Peaceful locations, stunning views and relaxing treatments enhance the tranquillity of these wellbeing destinations.

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Wildlife safaris

Wildlife safaris

These trips include hard-hitting game and fascinatingly elusive species alike, as well as superb guiding and a variety of diverse ecosystems.

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Key wildlife species

Many of our travellers come to Africa for the wildlife.
Find the best locations for Africa’s iconic species.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

79% SUCCESS

1,424 sightings from 1,792 observations

Where to see lion in Africa

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

45% SUCCESS

917 sightings from 2,031 observations

Where to see leopard in Africa

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

29% SUCCESS

458 sightings from 1,567 observations

Where to see cheetah in Africa

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

31% SUCCESS

412 sightings from 1,318 observations

Where to see wild dog in Africa

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla

Gorilla beringei

The world’s most impressive primate, the mountain gorilla inhabits a handful of locations in Africa’s equatorial cloud forests, where guided treks offer an intense wildlife experience.

95% SUCCESS

21 sightings from 22 observations

Where to see mountain gorilla in Africa

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes

The chimpanzee is our closest living relative. This highly intelligent great ape is a forest animal with a sophisticated social life. Any encounter in the wild is a memorable experience.

100% SUCCESS

18 sightings from 18 observations

Where to see chimpanzee in Africa

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

3% SUCCESS

48 sightings from 1,695 observations

Where to see aardvark in Africa

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

29% SUCCESS

283 sightings from 973 observations

Where to see black rhino in Africa

Brown Hyena

Brown Hyena

Parahyaena brunnea

This largely solitary scavenger is one of the more elusive and little-known of Africa’s carnivores. Shaggier than its spotted cousin, it occurs only in the arid southwest of the continent.

16% SUCCESS

122 sightings from 761 observations

Where to see brown hyena in Africa

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

1,217 sightings from 1,459 observations

Where to see buffalo in Africa

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

45% SUCCESS

664 sightings from 1,474 observations

Where to see eland in Africa

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

90% SUCCESS

1,728 sightings from 1,910 observations

Where to see elephant in Africa

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Litocranius walleri

With its slender frame and extraordinarily long neck, this unmistakable East African antelope resembles an attenuated impala and often stands on its back legs browse high shrubs.

77% SUCCESS

40 sightings from 52 observations

Where to see gerenuk in Africa

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

83% SUCCESS

1,647 sightings from 1,978 observations

Where to see giraffe in Africa

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

1,265 sightings from 1,421 observations

Where to see hippo in Africa

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

695 sightings from 996 observations

Where to see oryx in Africa

Meerkat

Meerkat

Suricata suricatta

These highly sociable little mammals have an endearing appearance and comical antics. Found in the drier areas of Southern Africa, close encounters are a sought-after experience.

19% SUCCESS

40 sightings from 206 observations

Where to see meerkat in Africa

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

31 sightings from 1,610 observations

Where to see pangolin in Africa

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

252 sightings from 1,041 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Africa

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

217 sightings from 1,028 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Africa

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

20% SUCCESS

26 sightings from 131 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Africa

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

51% SUCCESS

995 sightings from 1,951 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Africa

Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena

Hyaena hyaena

The striped hyena is the most widespread of the world’s hyenas, but absent from southern Africa. A rarely-seen nocturnal scavenger, it is shyer and more solitary than its spotted cousin.

16% SUCCESS

60 sightings from 384 observations

Where to see striped hyena in Africa

White Rhino

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

The white rhino is the largest and most numerous of the world’s five rhinoceros species. They are larger, easier to see and generally more approachable than the black rhino.

42% SUCCESS

232 sightings from 550 observations

Where to see white rhino in Africa

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

64% SUCCESS

1,152 sightings from 1,806 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Africa

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

83% SUCCESS

1,861 sightings from 2,231 observations

Where to see zebra in Africa

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