Luxury Holidays in Africa

The variety of holiday destinations for exploration is astounding. From amazing West African music festivals to watching lions on safari 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.

Eleanor, Ra, Louise Fitzgerald and Isabel are here to help give you the inside track.


Our guide to holidays in Africa

HOLIDAYS TO AFRICA

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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Top picks for Africa

Simien Mountains

Ethiopia

Africa

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.

Where to go

Riding Safari Botswana

Riding Safari Botswana

Botswana

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.

What to do

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Africa

Zimbabwe is resurgent. Visit this safari classic.

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Mountains

South Africa

Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

Where to go

Botswana Walking Safari

Botswana Walking Safari

Botswana

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.

What to do

Ethiopian Festivals

Ethiopian Festivals

Ethiopia

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.

What to do

Botswana Photographic Safaris

Botswana Photographic Safaris

Botswana

Botswana is arguably one of the most photogenic destinations on the planet due in no small part to the sheer diversity of its landscapes. From the lunar-like expanses and stark beauty of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, a photographic safari in Botswana will not disappoint.

What to do

Duba Expedition Camp

Duba Expedition Camp

Botswana

The intimate Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta on a wooded island. The exclusive camp offers guests the ultimate opportunity for private wildlife sightings and provides the perfect backdrop for living in luxury in the wild.

Where to stay

Riding South Africa

Riding South Africa

South Africa

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.

What to do

African necklaces

Kenya

Africa

The best 'bush and beach' destination in the world? In our humble opinion - without question.

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Lioness standing

Botswana

Africa

Botswana is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure.

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Djibouti Palace Kempinski

Djibouti Palace Kempinski

Djibouti

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.

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Mozambique

Mozambique

Africa

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.

Where to go

Riding Safaris in Kenya

Riding Safaris in Kenya

Kenya

Due to the sheer variety of its landscapes and places to stay, Kenya remains an unsurpassed riding safari destination.

What to do

Madagascar Safaris

Madagascar Safaris

Madagascar

Stat alert: a whopping 80% of the flora and fauna in Madagascar isn’t found anywhere else on the planet.

What to do

Mont Rochelle exterior

Mont Rochelle

The Winelands and Cape

Mont Rochelle is a wonderful boutique set on a hill above the historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. The property dates back to the 18th century when French Huguenots (many of them winemakers) fled to the Cape to escape religious persecution in France and in 2014, Sir Richard Branson gallantly rode in and gave the place a much needed face lift.

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Meroe Safari Camp

Meroe Safari Camp

Sudan

Located in Bagarwyia - some 140 miles north of Khartoum - the Meroe Safari Camp overlooks the Royal Necropolis and its many pyramids.

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Colourful lizard in Madagascar

Madagascar

Africa

Bizarre beasties and loco landscapes put the 'mad' in Madagascar.

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Sudan

Sudan

Africa

We are now offering trips to Egypt's southerly neighbour, where history and culture are the order of the day.

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Makanyane Safari Lodge

Makanyane Safari Lodge

Madikwe & The Waterberg

Makanyane is a luxurious lodge situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, overlooking the Marico River. Named after the African wild dog in the Tswana language, the lodge is ideally situated in one of South Africa’s premier game-viewing locations - and it is the amazing wildlife of Madikwe that lies at the heart of the experience at Makanyane.

Where to stay

Botswana Camping Safaris

Botswana Camping Safaris

Botswana

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.

What to do

Private Safaris in Botswana

Private Safaris in Botswana

Botswana

Heading out into the African bush with a private guide is the ultimate safari experience.

What to do

Ngala Tented Camp

Ngala Tented Camp

Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

Ngala Private Game Reserve was the first reserve to be incorporated into the game rich Kruger National Park (all 36,500 acres of it), and the tented camp gives guests an authentic safari experience, surrounded by wildlife.

Where to stay

Whale Watching in Madagascar

Whale Watching in Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar’s phenomenal wildlife is not just restrained to land. Head to this wonder-country between June and the end of September to witness one of the most fascinating spectacles on the planet. Large groups of humpback whale make their annual migration from Antarctica and end up in the sea around Sainte Marie on the country’s north eastern coast.

What to do

Djibouti

Djibouti

Africa

Small but perfectly formed, Djibouti is a fascinating and beautiful country with wonderful desert scenery and fabulous snorkelling and diving.

Where to go

Elephants on a Tanzania Safari

Tanzania

Africa

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.

Where to go

Shinde guest tent exterior in woodland

Shinde Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

On an island dotted with palm trees in the northern Okavango Delta, is the welcoming retreat of Shinde Camp. Set on the edge of a lagoon, the camp is surrounded by waterways which are home to a host of magnificent animals and bird life.

Where to stay

Nubian Rest House

Nubian Rest House

Sudan

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.

Where to stay

Angama Mara

Angama Mara

Kenya

The Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’ – Angama – lends itself as the moniker for one of Kenya’s newest, and most luxurious lodges. Situated on the north-west tip of the Mara Triangle, the stunning Angama Mara perches wistfully on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, offering impressive views over the Maasai Mara Reserve.

Where to stay

Twin tent interior

Footsteps Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Footsteps Camp is located in a secluded part of the Okavango Delta. The camp’s three Meru-style tents are the perfect base from which to explore the wilderness on foot, discovering the wildlife and landscapes of Botswana.

Where to stay

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