Visit Sub-Saharan Africa
You’ll love Sub-Saharan Africa in all its diversity, giving you opportunity to enjoy amazing landscapes, cultures, and magnificent wildlife. In Zambia explore the Luangwa National Park, or visit the world famous Victoria Falls on the border with Zimbabwe. Namibia offers a completely different experience, with the arid and strangely beautiful Skeleton coast. Come to Africa and you’re guaranteed the most exhilarating holiday of your life.
If you’re looking for some luxury thrown in with your adventure travel, Botswana offers you glamping in all its glory. After a night drive to take in the nocturnal activities of Africa’s big game, return to camp and jump into your very own outdoor ‘star bath’. Breakfast with boisterous elephants nearby, as they head butt trees to eat falling fruit.
If luxury’s not so important and you’re a free spirit, hire your own 4WD for a DIY safari. You’ll still be assured of a blanket of stars and plenty of wild encounters. Botswana is one of the ultimate safari destinations in Africa and its reputation as a premiere safari destination is well deserved. Watch for the ‘rosette’ spotted leopards, bad tempered buffalo, hippos, lions, giraffe, impala, baboon and beautiful bushbuck. The country is home to more elephants than anywhere else in the world, and you can still see wild cats roaming freely.
Our Picks for Botswana
Okavango & Beyond - 9 days from $1586
Botswana Adventure - 14 days from $4995*
*includes return airfares from Australia
Birthplace of humanity, coffee and depending on whom you talk to, Christianity, exhilarating Ethiopia is filled with ancient legends and cultural treasures. In Gonder (the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 to 1855 and also known as the ‘Camelot of Africa’) magnificent stone remains of castles and palaces reflect Portugese and Southern Arabian influences.
In Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, 11 monolithic rock cut churches are unbelievably carved from a single block of granite. Painstakingly excavated with chisels a thousand years ago, legend has it that angels came at night to help out after the workers had left for the day. Commissioned by King Lalibela, interior stone pillars have been worn smooth by worshippers coming here continuously since the 12th century.
Our Picks for Ethiopia
Mysteries of Ethiopia - 13 days from $2889
Ethiopia Uncovered - 23 days from $2942
Ghana is a vibrant country where you’re always assured a warm welcome. A distinct energy exists in the bustling cities, and the coastal forts that dot the landscape give a nod to the past of this diverse nation.
Ghana is a great starting point when you visit Africa. Amazing landscapes and exotic animal populations abound. After all the adventures, the pristine beaches of this beautiful land provide a welcome space for you to relax.
Our Picks for Ghana
Ghana, Togo & Benin - 21 days from $2484
Shipwrecks, pirates, isolation, and…leaping lemurs. You have to see Madagascar to believe it!
Isolated from mainland Africa for 160 million years, the vast majority of Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. Legend has it that this resting place for pirates and European traders was once home to the pirate nation of Libertalia!
Mouth-watering Malagasy cuisine – the ultimate in fusion food - reflects Asian, African, Indian, Chinese and European influences from migrants who have settled here over time. Check out the cloud forests of Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species of large eyed lemurs. Take a night walk when you’re most likely to see nocturnal lemurs such as the rare golden bamboo lemur and curiously long fingered aye-aye; and also reptiles, frogs and chameleons in torchlight. Relax afterwards in a gloriously warm natural hot spring.
Our Picks for Madagascar
Experience Madagascar - 16 days from $3258
Highlights of Madagascar - 14 days from $2299
Kenya is most often associated with wildlife safaris, and is home to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Wonder at wildebeest and gaze at the red elephants at Tsavo. This diverse nation is one of the most popular with visitors to Africa, not just for the wildlife, but for the incredible landscapes too. It’s a land that is home to lush forests and harsh arid deserts, against a backdrop of snow topped mountain peaks.
Make sure you check out a Maasai cultural tour to find out more about the incredibly rich cultural heritage of the brightly bejewelled Maasai people who live along the Great Rift Valley. Incredibly resilient, the Maasai have a deep affinity with their cattle, upon which they rely for most of their sustenance.
Our Picks for Kenya
Kenya Family Safari - 9 days from $5658
Savannah Safari - 9 days from $5198
Masai Mara Walk - 3 days from $1275
Namibia has a landscape that could have leapt right from the pages of a fantasy novel, with the awe inspiring natural architecture of the desert. Lace up your hiking boots and spend a few days traversing the Fish River Canyon that slices through the earth.
A legacy of German colonialism, Namibia’s capital Windhoek has only 300,000 people, but produces over a dozen beer labels exported all over the world. In fact, Namibians insist the quality of their beer prevents hangovers!
Our Picks for Namibia
Cape & Dunes Discoverer - 14 days from $1899
Spirit of Namibia Flying Safari - 9 days from $8700
Namibia in Style - 12 days from $4400
Wild safaris, lush wine country, rugby, extraordinary people, food and culture. There’s lots to love when you visit South Africa.
Set at the foot of iconic Table Mountain, cosmopolitan Cape Town is a great place to start your adventure. Catch the cable car to take in astonishing views from Table Mountain’s summit. Enjoy some sundowners at a concert in Kirstenbosch - the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world – and admire the ‘tablecloth’ of clouds billowing along the mountain behind you. Head to Hermanus to check out the whales or dive with sharks nearby at Gansbaai. Learn more about Nelson Mandela at notorious Robben Island, where he was held for 18 years. It’s now a museum run by ex prisoners.
Safari lovers can head to iconic Kruger National Park for your fill of spectacular African wildlife encounters. Accommodation ranges from wildly luxurious lodges complete with infinity pools, to family style tent camps.
Our Picks for South Africa
Explore Southern Africa - 12 days from $3399
Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town - 2 days from $1339
Luxury South Africa - 9 days from $7350*
African Family Safari - 12 days from $3795*
*includes return airfares from Australia
Sir Winston Churchill declared it “the pearl of Africa”, it straddles the equator, the source of the Nile at Lake Victoria is here, and most famously, it’s a refuge to rare mountain gorillas. Uganda has emerged from a checkered past to become one of the most popular emerging tourist destinations in Africa.
Boasting biodiversity in bucketfuls, Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Don’t miss a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to 350 mountain gorillas who survive by virtue of the fact the place lives up to its name, its impenetrable dense forest is accessible only by foot. Add an impressive selection of lakes, rivers and mountains to the equation, and it’s easy to see why the popularity of this destination has increased in leaps and bounds.
Our Picks for Uganda
Gorilla & Chimpanzee Safari - 6 days from $3980
Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure - 14 days from $2899