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The variety of holiday destinations for exploration is astounding. From amazing West African music festivals to watching lions on the endless plains of the Serengeti; the boundless expanse of the Kalahari Desert and the luxury of our opulent African private houses, there truly is something for everyone.
Botswana is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure.
The best 'bush and beach' destination in the world? In our humble opinion - without question.
The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.
Bizarre beasties and loco landscapes put the 'mad' in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe is resurgent. Visit this safari classic.
Ethiopia is a country of contrasting landscapes and an absorbing cultural heritage. The north is a treasure trove of historical capitals where religious customs from the Middle Ages continue to thrive - the Queen of Sheba's Axum, Lalibela with its 13th century rock-hewn churches, and Gondar, capital in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here too is Lake Tana, home for hundreds of years to several island monasteries and also the source of the Blue Nile, which makes its way over the nearby Tissisat Falls and all the way to the White Nile at Khartoum.
Three times the size of France, Tanzania is blessed with a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems and on the vast stage of the Serengeti's short grass plains, the greatest animal migration on earth plays out each year.
Mozambique is the ultimate holiday destination thanks to mile upon mile of palm-fringed coastline, warm turquoise waters and now a national park that allows for the ultimate 'bush and beach' combination.
Small but perfectly formed, Djibouti is a fascinating and beautiful country with wonderful desert scenery and fabulous snorkelling and diving.
We are now offering trips to Egypt's southerly neighbour, where history and culture are the order of the day.
Prime primate spotting, some of Africa's most dramatic landscapes and incredibly friendly people at every turn. What's not to like about Uganda?
Not to be confused with its far larger (and borderline basket case) neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo is a one-time French colony that just happens to have – by far – the world’s largest population of Western Lowland Gorillas.
Landlocked Malawi is a small but stunningly varied country, lying within the Great Rift Valley in southern Africa. Known as 'The Warm Heart of Africa' Malawi's people are as friendly as its name suggests
Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.
If there is one word to describe Namibia its 'cool.' Namibia, its fair to say, is one of the most sophisticated, individual and downright original countries on earth.
Egypt is rightly famous for its extraordinary ancient world heritage: the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel are among the world’s great cultural attractions.
The Rwandans have put civil war and genocide behind them and, united as a nation, they are keen to show visitors the beauty of their tiny landlocked country.
Welcome to the 'Galapagos of Africa'.
A perfect introduction to the wonders of West Africa, Senegal is a fascinating country that is very close to our hearts.
Zambia is the home of the walking safari, and one of our favourite places in Africa.
Underestimate Tunisia at your peril - this is perfect short haul sun territory, with the fascinating Carthage and Sahara to explore as well.
Botswana was the birthplace of riding safaris, with the perfect combination of terrains to tackle. Do you want to ride through savannah, desert, wetlands or salt pans? The choice is yours.
Botswana offers a truly unique experience. It is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure and for those with a longing to recreate the original African safari.
For those with even the slightest active inclination, walking safaris are one of the best ways to see the great wildlife of Botswana. Get up close and personal with the animals, never missing a sight. Original Travel know the best of the best guides who make the experience all the more wonderful.
Donate your roll mats to the boy scouts, forget deflating air mattresses and expect a hot shower at the end of the day. When it comes to mobile camping, boy do they know how to do it on a Botswana camping safari.
Due to the sheer variety of its landscapes and places to stay, Kenya remains an unsurpassed riding safari destination.
The appeal of South Africa’s horseback safaris is that everyone from the tiniest tot to the deeply experienced riding traveller will find something here.
Explore Ethiopia hosted by Amelia Stewart of Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) on this Expert-Led Journey, once home to some of the greatest civilisations of the ancient world such as Gondar, with its medieval castles and fairytale palaces, and Lalibela with its extraordinary rock hewn churches.
Enkutatash, Ledet, Meskel, Timkat, Hidar Tsion, Faskia, Debra Damo… the list of Ethiopian festivals is endless, so plan your trip to coincide with one of the many vibrant and colourful celebrations and experience this wonderfully hospitable country.
Guided by Jacobo Gnisi and our own Amelia Stewart from Simoon Travel, discover the spectacular northern region of Ethiopia, once home to some of the greatest ancient civilisations such as Gondar, with its medieval castles and palaces, and Lalibela with its extraordinary rock hewn churches. This trip also takes in Timkat, the most joyous occasion in the Ethiopian calendar.
ETHIOPIA This special Omo Valley tour hosted by Amelia Stewart from Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) is focused on the fascinating and little explored south of Ethiopia, and involves travelling into remote tribal villages in some of the most wild, beautiful, and untamed landscapes in Africa.
Whether you’re an adventure junkie or just like a little bit of a kick now and again, Tanzania has plenty of adventure options, from climbing Kilimanjaro to walking with Bushmen.
Rising from the plains of northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border, Mt Kilimanjaro dominates the surrounding landscape and on a clear day can be seen from almost one hundred miles away.
We can arrange private or set departure traditional dhow safaris and kayak safaris between some of the country’s most remote islands, accessible only by boat.
The wildlife (and primarily the primates) often grab the headlines, but Uganda’s landscapes are equally stunning, from the vastness of Lake Victoria (the size of Ireland) to the intensely farmed and intricately terraced hillsides outside the National Parks. And on the subject of National Parks, Uganda’s offer a huge diversity of landscapes and wildlife experiences making it perfect for safaris.
As desert-lovers ourselves, we've been scouring our Big Short Break destinations to come up with the ultimate short break desert experience. Now, dear reader, we think we've cracked it with our Sahara helicopter safari.
Join Amelia Stewart of Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) on a Christmas getaway recce tour to the fabled Festival of the Sahara in Douz, Tunisia.
We strongly recommend taking advantage of some of the excellent privately guided tours that we can arrange during your stay in Cape Town. There is nothing more frustrating than staying in a city and only scraping the surface of what it actually has to offer, particularly a city as vibrant and exciting as Cape Town.
Rovos Rail evokes the style and old age glamour of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – minus the murder – with subtle modern touches bringing the train into the 21st Century.
Enhance a safari with a night or two fly camping in the bush.
Quad biking is just one way to experience a Botswana safari, and by far one of the most exhilarating. Our five night departure includes two nights under the stars on Kubu Island, and we recommend combining it with three nights at either Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari to make the most of a quad biking adventure.
Starting out from Imlil, the ascent of 13671-feet Jebel Toubkal is a non-technical climb that requires an overnight stay in a basic but comfortable refuge on route.
Kite-surfing is surprisingly easy to pick up, and with an enormous beach and consistently powerful wind, Essaouira offers the perfect environment to learn this adventurous new sport.
Laikipia is rugged, undulating, rocky, beautiful, wild and remote. The climate is perfect, high altitude makes it cool at night and warm during the day. Basically perfect walking country. Then there is the game. Elephant, giraffe, lion, African wild dog, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, zebra, warthog, hippo and all the quirky different antelope species. This is simply one of the best places in Africa to go on a walking safari.
Want to 'pimp' your Kenyan safari experience? Then there's no better way than with a helicopter ride across the savannah or, even better, to two of Kenya's most iconic mountains, Mt Kenya and Ol Lolokwe.
A camel safari is the ideal way to travel through the wilds of Northern Kenya, escaping the constraints of a vehicle (cars can't get here anyway) and where the camel train is the only traffic for miles around you.
Fulfil any lingering 'Out of Africa' or Biggles fantasies with a biplane flight over the Kenyan savannah.
Original Travel now offers Kenyan helicopter safaris way beyond the tourist trail and deep into the remote heartlands of the Northern Frontier District.
The Victoria Falls has long had a reputation for being the adventure capital of Africa and for the more adventurous visitor there are plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities for you to try your hand at between touring the Victoria Falls and taking a gentle sunset cruise along the Zambezi River from your luxury lodge.
As Liuwa Plain is so remote and difficult to get to, the only way to access this National Park is by travelling with an experienced safari guide who knows the area and his team of well trained camp staff. To make it more affordable, they run set departure safaris which run on fixed dates and take a maximum of six guests or will take up to eight guests if one wants to book a completely exclusive safari.
Think walking safari, think Zambia, or more specifically South Luangwa - still undoubtedly the best place to go for the most authentic and memorable experience.
OK, we’ll admit it – this is not a hotel of great aesthetic beauty, but the Djibouti Palace Kempinski is comfortably (in all senses of the word) the best hotel option in Djibouti, and the perfect place from which to explore the desert or beneath the waves.
Nubian Rest House is a boutique hotel located in Karima at the foot of Jebel Barkal, the holy mountain that was known as Napata in ancient times.
Located in Bagarwyia - some 140 miles north of Khartoum - the Meroe Safari Camp overlooks the Royal Necropolis and its many pyramids.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located on the Ntungwe River in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Apoka is the only lodge in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park in the heart of the Narus Valley.
Bwindi Safari Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore the forests of Bwindi for their elusive inhabitants, habituated gorilla and chimpanzee groups.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is situated high on Nteko Ridge in Nkuringo, bordering the South Western corner of the Bwindi National Park. At 8500ft the views from the lodge are glorious, looking out to the Virunga mountain range of Rwanda and the Congo and across the Great Rift Valley.
Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge boasts one of the finest views in all of Africa, situated as it is overlooking the 300ft deep Kyambura Gorge and the beautiful savannah and craters of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the Rwenzori Mountains as a brooding backdrop.
Mihingo is a peaceful lodge on a kopje adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park and is the perfect stop off point on the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Ndali Lodge sits on the edge of Lake Nyinambuga – a flooded volcano crater in the Bunyaruguru crater lake region of Western Uganda, and is the perfect overnight stop for anyone heading from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Murchison Falls National Park.
Lango Camp is situated on the edge of an expanse of savannah overlooking the Bai River.
Ngaga Camp is situated in the depths of a tropical marantaceae forest, facing the forest canopy.
A stylish boutique hotel, Omali Lodge is the only 4* hotel on São Tomé and sits right on a lovely beach just outside São Tomé Town centre. The lodge has just undergone a change of management and we are extremely excited about their plans for the future.
As sweet and moreish as its confectionary namesakes, Bom Bom Island Resort is a dictionary definition hidden gem.
Les Paletuviers is located in the UNESCO world heritage region of Sine Saloum, a mangrove-delta region scattered with islands, rivers and salt water creaks leading to the Atlantic.
Dar Said was once a private home in the charming village of Sidi Bou Said dating from the 19th century before being converted into a riad-style boutique hotel.
Dar Cherait is located close to the desert, overlooking palm groves in the gateway city of Tozeur.
This elegant hotel, on a white sandy beach just 20 minutes from Tunis, is the sister property of the immaculate Residence in Mauritius.
The traditional Cape Dutch farmstead of Babylonstoren is slap bang in the middle of the Cape Winelands, within easy reach of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch and - of course - the world famous vineyards.
This wonderful and quirky guest house is full of unique character and charm, and Arthur and Katherine, the owners are delightful and really help to make guests feel at home.
A Victorian farmstead on its own 10,000 acre private nature reserve, and at the same time a working wheat and sheep farm, all near to Cape Town and the winelands of the Western Cape.
Birkenhead House is a luxurious coastal retreat perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, just outside Hermanus – one of the first stops on the ‘Garden Route’ running east from Cape Town.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof offers the freedom to cycle, walk and enjoy outdoor activities surrounded by spectacular rock formations and seasonal rivers.
British jeweller Laurence Graff bought the Delaire estate outside Stellenbosch in 2003, and has expertly combined art, design, food and wine to create a simply stunning hotel.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a 4,200 acre reserve overlooking Walker Bay, just east of Hermanus on the Cape coast.
There may be smarter places to stay in the Winelands, but we guarantee none have as much character as Hawksmoor.
La Residence is a secluded retreat situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands just an hour from Cape Town.
Le Quartier Français is a small, privately owned country inn situated in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands.
Wild Olive House is situated in the farmlands of Bartholomeus Klip half an hour from the winelands of Paarl and Stellenbosch and offering one of the most exciting new options for families in the region.
Franschhoek is such a picture perfect place to stay, that you may want to settle in and stay for longer than a few days. Hell, it’s so nice you may want to bring the family, and friends.
We do not pretend to know every country in sub-Saharan Africa from tip to toe but we spend huge amounts of time revisiting, researching and continually assessing the places we do know and finding the best guides and new locations. We travel throughout the continent - inland to the great wildlife areas, along the coast, reviewing different regions, habitats, concentration of animals, and variety of birds. We assess safari lodges and camps, their strengths, their drawbacks.
We know the best guides and the greatest holiday adventures, and we are in close contact with the characters and tribal people of Africa. Wherever possible we use small, often exclusive owner-run hotels, lodges and camps and work with expert guides so that you can see the most interesting aspects of each country in Africa.
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