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.

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

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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

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

Mozambique
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

Nubian Rest House
A Vineyard in South Africa

South Africa

Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

Where to go

South Africa
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

Angama Mara
Kenya

Kenya

Africa

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

Where to go

Kenya
Adventure Holidays in Tanzania

Adventure Holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania

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.

What to do

Adventure Holidays in Tanzania
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.

Where to stay

Djibouti Palace Kempinski
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

Riding Safaris in Kenya
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

Djibouti
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.

Where to stay

Apoka Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Africa

Zimbabwe is resurgent. Visit this safari classic.

Where to go

Zimbabwe
Botswana Adventure

Botswana Adventure

Botswana

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 do

Botswana Adventure
Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo Lodge

Uganda

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 stay

Mihingo Lodge
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.

Where to stay

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Botswana

Botswana

Africa

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

Where to go

Botswana
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.

Where to stay

Bwindi Safari Lodge
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.

Where to stay

Meroe Safari Camp
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.

Where to stay

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
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.

What to do

Mobile Tented Safaris
Expert-Led Journey: Timkat, History and Heritage in Northern Ethiopia, January 2016

Expert-Led Journey: Timkat, History and Heritage in Northern Ethiopia, January 2016

Ethiopia

Guided by our own Amelia Stewart from Simoon Travel, partnered with a guest lecturer (to be confirmed), 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 do

Expert-Led Journey: Timkat, History and Heritage in Northern Ethiopia, January 2016
Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure

Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure

Tanzania

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.

What to do

Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure
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.

Where to go

Ethiopia
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

Riding South Africa
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

Tanzania
Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge

Uganda

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 stay

Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge
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

Botswana Walking Safari
Sudan

Sudan

Africa

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

Where to go

Sudan
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

Ethiopian Festivals
Madagascar

Madagascar

Africa

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

Where to go

Madagascar
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

Riding Safari Botswana

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