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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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.

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Apoka Safari Lodge

Apoka Safari Lodge

Uganda

Apoka is the only lodge in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park in the heart of the Narus Valley.

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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.

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Mountains

South Africa

Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

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Mobile Tented Safaris

Mobile Tented 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.

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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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Private Safaris in Botswana

Private Safaris in Botswana

Botswana

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

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Uganda

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located on the Ntungwe River in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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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.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

Africa

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bwindi Safari Lodge

Bwindi Safari Lodge

Uganda

Bwindi Safari Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore the forests of Bwindi for their elusive inhabitants, habituated gorilla and chimpanzee groups.

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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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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.

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Uganda

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.

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Botswana

Africa

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

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Djibouti

Djibouti

Africa

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

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Africa

Zimbabwe is resurgent. Visit this safari classic.

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Ethiopia

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.

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Kenya

Kenya

Africa

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

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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.

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We certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend you all to friends

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