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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.
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.
The best 'bush and beach' destination in the world? In our humble opinion - without question.
Where to goKenya Add to Ideas+
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 doEthiopian Festivals Add to Ideas+
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 goEthiopia Add to Ideas+
Zimbabwe is resurgent. Visit this safari classic.
Where to goZimbabwe Add to Ideas+
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 doMobile Tented Safaris Add to Ideas+
Bizarre beasties and loco landscapes put the 'mad' in Madagascar.
Where to goMadagascar Add to Ideas+
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.
Where to stayKyambura Gorge Safari Lodge Add to Ideas+
Small but perfectly formed, Djibouti is a fascinating and beautiful country with wonderful desert scenery and fabulous snorkelling and diving.
Where to goDjibouti Add to Ideas+
Apoka is the only lodge in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park in the heart of the Narus Valley.
Where to stayApoka Safari Lodge Add to Ideas+
We are now offering trips to Egypt's southerly neighbour, where history and culture are the order of the day.
Where to goSudan Add to Ideas+
Explore Ethiopia hosted by Jeremy Hunter 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.
What to doExpert-Led Journey: Celebrate Easter in Northern Ethiopia with Jeremy Hunter, 1st - 15th April 2015 Add to Ideas+
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.
What to doExpert-Led Journey: Timkat, History and Heritage in Northern Ethiopia, January 2016 Add to Ideas+
Bwindi Safari Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore the forests of Bwindi for their elusive inhabitants, habituated gorilla and chimpanzee groups.
Where to stayBwindi Safari Lodge Add to Ideas+
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 goTanzania Add to Ideas+
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 goMozambique Add to Ideas+
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.
What to doBotswana Adventure Add to Ideas+
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 doBotswana Walking Safari Add to Ideas+
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.
Where to stayNdali Lodge Add to Ideas+
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.
Where to stayMihingo Lodge Add to Ideas+
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 doRiding Safari Botswana Add to Ideas+
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.
Where to stayDjibouti Palace Kempinski Add to Ideas+
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 stayNubian Rest House Add to Ideas+
Due to the sheer variety of its landscapes and places to stay, Kenya remains an unsurpassed riding safari destination.
What to doRiding Safaris in Kenya Add to Ideas+
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located on the Ntungwe River in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Where to stayIshasha Wilderness Camp Add to Ideas+
Botswana is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure.
Where to goBotswana Add to Ideas+
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.
Where to stayClouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Add to Ideas+
Located in Bagarwyia - some 140 miles north of Khartoum - the Meroe Safari Camp overlooks the Royal Necropolis and its many pyramids.
Where to stayMeroe Safari Camp Add to Ideas+
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.
What to doExpert-Led Journey: Tribal Cultures of the Omo Valley with Jeremy Hunter Add to Ideas+
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Fiona & James
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