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.

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Our guide to holidays in 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.


Top picks for Africa

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

Nambian wildlife

Namibia

Africa

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.

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Okuti Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Lying alongside the Maunachira River which meanders through the Xakanaxa Lagoon, is the charming Okuti Camp, set within the famous Moremi Game Reserve and offering guests one of Botswana’s top safari experiences.

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Duba Expedition Camp

Duba Expedition Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

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

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Morocco

Africa

Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Where to go

Colourful lizard in Madagascar

Madagascar

Africa

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

Where to go

Mozambique Islands

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

Lion cub in Tanzania

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

Bracelets, Kenya

Kenya

Africa

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

Where to go

Family at a 'Dead' Termite Mound at Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Footsteps Delta Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Footsteps Delta Camp is a traditional Botswanan safari camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Their ingenious Young Explorers private safari experience is one of the best family focused safari programmes out there and makes this one of our favourite camps to take youngsters to.

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South Africa

Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

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Kings Pool Camp

Kings Pool Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Kings Pool is one of the most luxurious safari camps in Botswana, which in turn is home to some of the most luxurious safari camps in Africa - so that’s quite some feat. Located on the shore of an oxbow lake, overlooking the Linyanti and floodplains, Kings Pool is a peaceful and pretty place to relax between safari activities.

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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.

What to do

Mountain Goat in the Ethiopian Highlands

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

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

Cheetah, 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

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Duba Plains

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Reopened at the beginning of March 2017, Duba Plains camp has been lovingly refurbished to provide visitors with a more luxurious option in the Okavango Delta, overlooking the floodplains of the 30,000 hectare Kwedi Reserve.

Where to stay

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

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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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.

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Sable Alley

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

On the edge of Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai River area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, Sable Alley’s brand new camp boasts a rather enviable location – and a luxurious camp to go with it.

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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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Skybeds

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Deep in the heart of Botswana’s 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve, high up in the trees of the reserve, are the unique lodgings of Skybeds.

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Uganda

Africa

Prime primate spotting, some of Africa's most dramatic landscapes and incredibly friendly people at every turn. What's not to like about Uganda?

Where to go

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

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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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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Botswana

Africa

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

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Chief's Camp

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Escape to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, situated in the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Chief’s Island is one of many islands created by the Okavango Delta’s seasonal flood waters and offers spectacular game viewing, rated as one of the best safari experiences in Botswana.

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