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Our Destinations

Africa offers something new and exciting for every traveller, every time - from safari holidays in Tanzania to honeymoons in Mauritius - this continent is as diverse as it is captivating. Each country is unique with its own geographical features, its unique resident wildlife and its own rich history. For a flavour of these amazing destinations simply click on the map or the links below, or speak to one of our experts who can help plan the perfect holiday to Africa or the Indian Ocean.

Africa Map

Please roll over the individual countries for a quick introduction,
or click on them for a detailed exploration of what they offer
Botswana Namibia South Africa Tanzania Malawi Kenya Zambia Mozambique Uganda Seychelles Mauritius Zimbabwe

Botswana

Botswana offers some of the best safari experiences in Africa in the Chobe and Okavango Delta regions.

Best time to visit

  • Wildlife and game viewing all year round.
  • Birding season is from Nov-Mar
  • Botanical season is from Dec-May

Sightseeing ideas

  • Game drives in the Chobe National Park
  • Game view by boat
  • Okavango Delta - the world's largest inland delta
  • Walking safaris
  • Mekoro rides along the delta

Namibia

Namibia is immense even by African standards, but it's what occupies this seemingly endless amount of space that makes it unique. Namibia is filled with rugged, beautiful landscapes creating an otherworldly environment in which an amazing wealth of wildlife has adapted and thrived.

When to go

  • A year round destination; in the cooler winter months there is no rain and days are clear and sunny
  • The summer months from Dec – Mar could see rainfall in certain areas which can make driving difficult, but visitors can be rewarded when the desert blooms and ancient dry river beds flow
  • Day time temperatures are always warm, but in winter temperatures plummet in the desert

What to do

  • Watch the colours and shadows create illusions over mile after mile of some of the highest sand dunes in the world
  • Track desert-adapted elephant and the largest population of free roaming black rhino in Africa
  • Explore the eerie Skeleton Coast, littered with ship wrecks and home to an unbelievable wealth of wildlife
  • Hike the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world
  • See the Big 5 in the famous Etosha National Park and its neighbouring game reserves

South Africa

South Africa has gained the enviable reputation of offering something for everyone. With awe-inspiring mountain ranges, the Big Five, parched deserts and heavenly beaches, the incredible variety of landscape is matched by a melting pot of cultures and a superb array of wildlife.

When to go

  • Being so vast, South Africa does not have as defined seasons as many countries and they can vary greatly between provinces, so refer to the individual province for more specifics on the weather
  • For this very reason, South Africa has something to offer all year round. Whilst it might be raining and blowing a gale in Cape Town, it might be in the 70s and clear blue skies in KwaZulu Natal. In Dec they might be experiencing afternoon downpours in Kruger and be basking in brilliant sunshine in Cape Town

What to do

  • South Africa boasts of being a "World in one country" and this really could not be truer. With such a diversity of habitat and scenery there really is something for everyone. Visitors can be hiking in snow capped mountains in the morning and just a couple of hours away, paddling in the warm, Indian Ocean; be in a desert one day, and move a couple of hundred miles to watch whales and dolphins the next

Tanzania

Tanzania is a unique destination that has yet to be discovered by many. It is a land of many wonders, having an unparalleled diversity of fauna and flora, and perhaps the most famous migration on earth.

When to go

  • It is a superb year round destination and there is somewhere different for all seasons
  • Mar, Apr and May are the long heavy rains and whilst the northern parks can be quite beautiful at this time of year, many consider sustained rains not conducive to an enjoyable safari. Many hotels and lodges on the coast and islands choose this time of year to close, particularly in Apr

What to do

  • The great Serengeti migration is constantly on the move. Speak to one of our experts to find out where visitors should be when, or take a look at the migration map
  • The Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera, is filled with virtually every species of game all year round
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe and Mahale
  • Visit the remote parks of the south including Ruaha, Selous and Katavi

Malawi

Malawi is a warm and welcoming country that offers visitors wonderful scenery, fascinating parks and some of the friendliest people in Africa. It is no wonder that it is known as the "warm heart of Africa." Lake Malawi, nearly 600km long and up to 80km wide, dominates the countryside.

When to go

  • Malawi is a year round destination and whilst the summer months from Nov – Apr is the rainy season, camps remain open and all but the remotest corners are accessible. Malawi had such diverse habitats that bird watching is superb, with over 650 recorded species
  • Lake Malawi offers sun, sand and relaxation year round and is the perfect way to end a safari in Malawi or Zambia

What to do

  • Lake Malawi dominates the country and is a superb freshwater beach destination, but also offers yachting, fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and Scuba diving
  • Safari options are varied and exciting with the famous Liwonde and emerging Majete reserves soon to offer Big 5
  • Malawi has some of the friendliest people in Africa and just meeting them is a rewarding experience in itself

Kenya

Kenya is one of the world's great tourism destinations, known for its remarkable diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures. Kenya is Africa's original safari destination, attracting explorers, adventurers and travellers for centuries. Coupled with this are miles of beautiful tropical coastline.

When to go

  • Kenya has a distinct rainy season which can have an impact on any safari and means that many camps and lodges close as Parks and Reserves become inaccessible
  • There are lighter rains in Nov and Dec but the longer hard rains are from Mar–Jun peaking in Apr and May. Visitors will be rewarded with much lower visitor numbers, lots of young animals and wild flowers

What to do

  • Safari is the first obvious reason for going to Kenya and there are many options to offer a great variety. Every type of safari with the exception of elephant back are available and even then there are camel safaris
  • There are miles of golden sands which line the coast and offer a very appealing extension to a safari
  • Golf, fishing, sailing and water sports abound

Zambia

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's welcoming people live in peace and harmony. The wildlife is superb and some of the finest safaris on the planet are available here. The walking safari was pioneered in Zambia and today remains a highlight. Add to this the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia is a must for lovers of the natural world.

When to go

  • Zambia has the same weather patterns as much of southern Africa with the main rainy season on the summer months from Nov – Mar. Many of the remoter bush camps close during this period and safari options are much more limited. However for keen birdwatchers there is no better time to visit and there are a selection of excellent camps that remain open year round
  • Jun – Oct is the dry season and as permanent water dries up towards the end of the winter, the game becomes more and more concentrated. The Falls are at their most spectacular after summer rains between Mar – Jun when the river starts to drop again
  • Robin Pope Safaris Kasanka Bat safari and Liuwa Plains Safaris offer traditional big game viewing combined with 2 seasonal natural phenomenon in Nov & Dec

What to do

  • Apart from the Victoria Falls, Zambia is primarily a safari destination and offers the visitor some of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa
  • The walking safari was pioneered in the South Luangwa NP and today Zambia remains one of the very best destinations for those wanting to get closer to nature on foot
  • The Lower Zambezi River offers guests the option of canoeing with short half day to multi day trails available. Boat safaris and fishing are also on offer

Mozambique

Mozambique is an increasingly popular destination – especially for honeymooners and those who desire barefoot luxury without the crowds. Visitors are lured by the pristine white beaches and clear, warm waters, ideal for diving and snorkelling.

Whilst Mozambique is becoming known as a hidden jewel for its beaches, the interior offers some wild, untamed safari options where there are literally just a couple of camps with a handful of guests.

When to go

  • The main dry season runs from April to November and during this time, daytime temperatures average 24°C
  • The rainy season is from November to March and temperatures average 27°C; humidity can be high

What to do

  • As little or as much as people want! The area offers complete rest and relaxation, or for those who want to stay active there is lots to do
  • Watersports, Scuba diving and snorkelling, big game fishing, sea kayaking, sailing, dhow cruises
  • Niassa and Gorongosa offer wilderness lovers superb safari options with true untamed African bush. Game viewing is excellent but due the remoteness and lack of visitors the wildlife is that bit more elusive but the rewards greater and the lack of visitors a huge draw

Uganda

Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. This incredibly lush country has open plains and rainforest, as well as channels teeming with hippo and towering mountains shrouded in mist, with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

When to go

  • Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees
  • The rainy season is Mar-May. The light rain season is Nov - Dec. Dry seasons are Jan-Feb and Jun-Oct

What to do

  • With varied habitat, Uganda has much to offer visitors. Traditional safaris on the plains of Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo National Parks, the latter being one of the remotest in Africa with just one camp
  • Uganda is a birdwatcher's paradise with over a 1000 recorded species with the Shoebill Stork seen frequently in Semliki and Central African species also found here
  • Several protected areas have resident populations of chimpanzee along with other rare primates
  • Bwindi is home to roughly half the World's mountain gorilla and the only place where they co-exist with chimpanzee
  • Visit the source of the Nile, Murchinson Falls and part of Lake Victoria

Mauritius

Sheltered from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef, Mauritius offers natural, clear lagoons and pristine beaches. Situated in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has a pleasantly tropical climate.

When to go

  • Mauritius has a year round subtropical climate with two main seasons. Summer runs from Nov to April, with temperatures averaging 30ºC. Winter temperatures average 24°c. Heavy rains, wind and even the odd cyclone can occur between Jan and Mar.
  • Oct-Apr is the best time for big game fishing

What to do

  • First and foremost people visit Mauritius for sun, sea and sand – and this is available year round. There are a superb selection of hotels and resorts right on the beaches
  • Nearly all the accommodation offers water sport facilities, tennis and there are a some championship golf courses for the more active
  • Family friendly resorts always have kid's clubs and restaurants and menus designed for younger travellers
  • Further afield, yacht cruises, diving and big game fishing can be arranged by most resorts

Seychelles

The Seychelles is made up of a cluster of 115 islands that lie scattered across 950,000 sq km of the Indian Ocean. This cluster is surrounded by warm waters and generally hot weather, and epitomises the expression 'tropical island paradise'. Seychelles' magnificent islands possess unrivalled beauty ranging from the verdant forests to secluded beaches and together represent the ultimate tropical destination.

When to go

  • Seychelles' enviable climate is always warm and without extremes. The temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie comfortably outside the cyclone belt
  • During the north-west trade winds in Oct-Mar, the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid with cooling winds
  • In Jan/Feb the islands receive their rains. Between May and Sep the weather is cooler

What to do

  • Tropical islands offer the ultimate escape from the modern world, and for many that is exactly the reason for visiting – to do very little
    • On many of the smaller islands, activities are offered by the accommodation and usually include water sports, fishing, diving, snorkelling, walking and bike trails, and possibly a few land-based sports
  • Mahe and Praslin are much larger islands and offer all of the above along with a more cultural aspect and shopping. It is not unusual to combine Mahe with another smaller island for this very reason

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to the magnificent Victoria Falls and some of the finest big game viewing in southern Africa, including the famous Hwange National Park - one of the finest in Africa. The bizarre rock formations of Matobo Hills offer a complete contrast and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins offer a historical dimension.

When to go

  • The best time to visit is undoubtedly the dry winter months when water levels are low and game concentration is high in Hwange
  • Lake Kariba and Mana Pools have the permanent waters of the Zambezi and they are good year round, although Mana Pools camps close seasonally
  • The Victoria Falls are spellbinding year round, but never more so than in peak flood in Mar – May. Even as water levels drop, the adrenaline sports the Zambezi is famous for become more exciting than ever

What to do

  • Day and night open vehicle game drives in Hwange National Park - with visitor numbers still low, visitors can feel as if they have the Park to themselves
  • No trip to Zimbabwe is complete without a visit to the Victoria Falls whether by foot, helicopter or microlight
  • Canoeing safaris on the Upper Zambezi and in Mana Pools
  • Horse and elephant back safaris and some superb walking
  • Victoria Falls is known as the adventure capital of Africa with some of the wildest white water rafting in the world, bungee jumping and jet extreme, to name just a few

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