Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.

We live on a planet increasingly dominated (and, most would agree, imperiled) by the relentless expansion of one species - homo sapiens - when it's the other residents (and their habitats) that are the planet's real attraction. Those other residents don't get any bigger or better than in Africa.

See the so-called 'Big Five' and assorted others on the savannah or in the rainforest on one of our African safaris and we suspect you will come back more determined than ever to protect them and preserve their habitats.

It's not only the diversity of wildlife and landscapes that will knock your binoculars off but the variety of ways to explore them, from the traditional 4x4 route to horse riding, canoeing, flying and walking. What's more, we have cherry-picked only the very best camps and lodges to suit your requirements, whether you're travelling as a family, with friends or as a couple.

We also know that the single most important thing about an African safari holiday is having a quality guide. Not only for safety purposes, but because the knowledge and wisdom they impart is second to none. Not only will you see incredible things, you will learn a huge amount about the game, the people and the unique ecology of Africa's safari landscapes. Lucky for you, we know the very best in the business across all the African destinations we cover.


Original Thinking

Sleeping Leopard, Zambia
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Original Travel offers trips to see nature ‘red in tooth and claw’ but also at its most beautiful. The quintessential safari experience remains that in East and Southern Africa, where the planet’s biggest beasties still roam, and the Original Travel team has supremely in-depth knowledge of what to see where, and equally importantly – when and how.

Eleanor, Original Traveller

Where to go

Roaring Lion in the Endless Plains

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Tanzania's spectacular equivalent of the Masai Mara, packed with wildlife and often with tourists; but we know how to avoid them.

Aerial of Delta

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.

Shipwreck at Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

A flying safari along the Skeleton Coast takes in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Namibia, and this remains one of Original Travel’s favourite African experiences.

Lion in Kruger

Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

The Kruger is South Africa’s oldest and largest nature reserve, covering an area of 7,700 square miles, roughly the same size as Wales.

Selous Elephants

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls and bridge

Victoria Falls & Kafue

The Victoria Falls are rightly considered one of the natural wonders of the world.

Colourful lizard in Madagascar


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

Reflections in the Zambezi River at sunset

Lower Zambezi National Park

Often described as the 'real' Africa, much of enormous and land-locked Zambia is wilderness, but what wilderness.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Look beyond the (admittedly mind blowing) Serengeti, and there's so much more to Northern Tanzania, from volcanoes to flamingoes and everything in between.

Giraffe, Laikipia, Kenya


Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild and rugged country in the central highlands of Kenya.

Gorilla and baby close up


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

Madikwe & The Waterberg

Madikwe & The Waterberg

There are many fantastic safari options throughout Africa, but South Africa's Madikwe and Waterberg region has the added advantage of being malaria free.

Rwanda Silverback


The Rwandans have put civil war and genocide behind them and, united as a nation, they are keen to show visitors the beauty of their tiny landlocked country.

Desert rocks and dunes

The Namib Desert

It doesn’t get much more dramatic than the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, in the heart of the Namib Desert, and one of the most iconic sights in Africa.

Zebras in South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa

Zambia's Luangwa Valley marks the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of Africa’s great unspoilt wildernesses.

Rocks and mountains in Namibia

Etosha & Damaraland

Northern Namibia has the country’s best game viewing.

View over Kalaharis

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana's Kalahari is a semi-arid desert and the most species rich in the world.

Liuwa Plain

Liuwa Plain

The Liuwa Plain is an immense wilderness area in Zambia, brimming with birds and home to huge numbers of animals.

Baby lions in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara

A safari in Kenya's Masai Mara has one of the densest concentrations of wildlife anywhere on Earth.

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Isabel, Eleanor and Ra are our 'African Safaris' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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