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South Africa


South Africa is a diverse and beautiful country with a huge amount to offer, from iconic Table Mountain, cosmopolitan cities and superb safaris to historic battlegrounds and picturesque vineyards. With so many fascinating regions it is difficult to know where to start.

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  • City breaks in cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • Self-drive tours along the Winelands, Western Cape and Garden Route
  • Escorted group tours featuring the highlights of South Africa
  • Luxury Rail Journeys with Rovos Rail and The Blue Train
  • Malaria-free safaris in Kariega, Pumba and Shamwari Game Reserves, ideal for family holidays
  • Kruger National Park and Hazyview in the north of the country
  • Historic battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Beautiful scenery and nature walks in the Drakensburg Mountains

Tailor-made holidays

Every visitor has different ideas of a South Africa holiday, we can provide tailor-made quotes beyond those hotels, lodges and train journeys featured in the brochures and online.

When to visit?

The best time to travel is in the UK winter time for the Cape, Garden Route and Eastern Cape. KwaZulu-Natal has hot summers, but more pleasant winters than the Cape. The best time for safaris in Kruger and Shamwari is in the UK summer time, as days are cooler, rainfall is less and grass is shorter.

Hermanus is superb for whale watching, the best time to visit is between June to December.

Where next?

  • A beach stay in Mauritius
  • Combine Cape Town with a visit to Livingstone in Zambia for a few days

Namibia


One of the most sparsely populated countries in Africa, yet home to an amazing diversity of wildlife. Namibia is home to Etosha National Park where oryx, springbok and large herds of wildebeest congregate around waterholes and provide fantastic game viewing. Climb some of the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, witness some of the many shipwrecks on Skeleton Coast and take part in a myriad of adrenaline-filled activities out of the capital, Swakopmund. From the oldest desert in the world to the second largest Canyon, Namibia has a wealth of incredible landscapes, clear skies and opportunities for some serious fun.

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  • Small escorted group tour including Etosha National Park & Sossusvlei
  • A flying safari with magnificent views of the red dunes of Sossusvlei, a fascinating and time efficient way to experience the country
  • Private tours of the country
  • A self-drive holiday, a wonderful way to see the country

Tailor-made holidays

Every visitor has different ideas of a Namibia holiday; we can provide tailor-made quotes beyond those hotels and lodges featured in the brochures and online.

When to visit?

Climate – April to October is warm, sunny and has minimum rainfall. The wet season is December to March.

The best game viewing is during the drier winter months when animal congregate at waterholes.

Where next?

  • Fly on to Cape Town for a stay in the city, or the Winelands for a few nights extra before flying home.
  • Visit Botswana for more safari adventures
  • A beach stay in Mauritius

Must see – Fish River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon. Enjoy afternoon tea and cakes in one of the quaint cafés in Swakopmund.

Botswana

Botswana is often viewed as the ultimate safari destination in Africa. Game is excellent, there are a small number of camps and the scenery is unparalleled. The country is famous for the beautiful Okavango Delta which is the largest inland delta in the world, and provides an ideal environment in which to enjoy boat trips in search of hippos, crocodiles and birds.

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  • Some of the best safari experiences on the continent are available here; the luxurious camps are located in a pristine environment. Safaris are by boat or mokoros which provide a unique insight into the country.
  • Mobile camping can be arranged as an alternative way of seeing the country.
  • The most convenient way of travelling is by light aircraft. Sample these beautiful lodges by flying between them, and enjoying the wonderful scenery.

Places of interest

Okavango Delta – an area of tranquil waterways and lagoons

Chobe National Park – in the north of Botswana with one of the greatest concentrations of game on the continent, famed for its herds of buffaloes and elephants.

Tailor-made holidays

Tailor-made holidays are the most popular option for Botswana. We can provide quotes beyond those hotels and lodges featured in the brochures and online.

When to visit?

The best time to travel is March to November when rainfall is at a minimum and days are cooler

May to August the Okavango Delta is flooded and becomes a maze of lagoons to explore

Where next?

  • Continue the safari experience with a stay in Etosha National Park in Namibia
  • Travel onto Victoria Falls in Zambia for a few days
  • Mauritius – fly onto Johannesburg for 1 night before travelling onto Mauritius

Must see – visit the Okavango Delta between May to August

Zambia


Zambia is one of Africa’s least visited countries. This relatively untouched country is traversed by the Zambezi River, has breathtaking lakes, mighty wetlands and incredible wildlife. Considered to be one of the wonders of the natural world, don’t miss Victoria Falls.

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  • Stay a few nights in one of our Livingstone hotels, which are ideal bases from which to explore the region and its large choice of activities.
  • A private tour to Kafue National Park by light aircraft for a safari

Tailor-made holidays

Visitors can spend as long or as little time viewing the magnificent Victoria Falls, or join in as many of the exciting adrenaline filled activities as they wish by opting for a tailor-made holiday. We can provide tailor-made quotes beyond those hotels and lodges featured in the brochures and online.

When to visit?

June to September is the best time to visit. Early mornings and late evenings can be cool. April, May and September can be very hot, while the rainy season is November to March

Where next?

  • From Livingstone travel across the border by road and boat to Chobe National Park in Botswana
  • Fly via Johannesburg to Cape Town for a few nights in this cosmopolitan city, or the picturesque Winelands region before a return flight to the UK

Must see – Victoria Falls or ‘Mosi Oa Tunya’ (smoke that thunders) is best visited in April. The town is a Mecca for adrenaline sports enthusiasts, all year round. White water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and sky-diving are just a few of the activities available.

Tanzania


Tanzania Is best known for its safaris, it has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves than any other wildlife destination and historically has been one of the most pro active nations in setting aside land for conservation. To the south lie remote reserves where wild dogs reside, buffalo graze and the rivers provide residence for hippos and crocodiles.

In addition, the country is fringed to the east by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the idyllic islands of Zanzibar and Pemba which means it is not only an excellent safari destination but ideal for a beach and safari combination holiday.

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  • Safaris by road are in 4-wheel drive safari vehicles with a maximum of 5 or 7 people, all with guaranteed window seats.
  • Value for money safaris with visits to the well-known game reserves.
  • Full board and usually two game drives per day, one early morning and one late afternoon.

Flying safaris

Allow more ground to be covered in a short time, personal luggage is strictly 15kgs.

There are more flying safari options in Tanzania than in Kenya given the relative size of the Serengeti and Selous National Parks.

Upgrades and supplements

Exclusive use of 4×4 safari vehicle on road – more independence and ideal for families and groups, especially for stops, or for interest in particular wildlife and birds.

Tanzania’s Safari regions can be broadly grouped into three areas;

  • The ‘Northern Circuit’ which encompasses the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Grumeti, Manyara and Tarangire, as well as the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tours to this region usually start and finish from Arusha or Kilimanjaro.
  • The ‘Southern Circuit’ which covers Africa’s largest game reserve, the rugged Selous, as well as smaller parks such as Ruaha and Mikumi. These areas are less popular with overseas visitors, and as a consequence offer wonderful game viewing. These parks are closer to the coast and the capital of Dar es Salaam, making them ideal to combine with a stay on the coast.
  • Western Tanzania bordered to the west by Lake Tanganyika. There are a number of smaller Parks here, including Gombe. This area is home to large numbers of Chimpanzees, which is the main attraction for visitors.

Getting There

For northern Tanzania Kenya Airways operate daily flights to Nairobi with connection flights to Kilimanjaro. For Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania Precision Air provide regular connecting flights

When to visit?

Generally warm all year round with two rainy seasons, the short rains in November and the long rains from February to May reviving the arid grasslands. January is hot and dry and June to October is warm and dry with colder evenings

From about November to July the annual wildebeest migration circles the Serengeti with the calving season around February and March.

Tanzania game reserves

  • Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park and is renowned for the annual wildebeest migration.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area – A World Heritage site is a natural wonder and a world class attraction for visitors to Tanzania. The collapsed volcano has created a crater known as a caldera and is the main reason for visiting the area.
  • Selous Game Reserve – said to be the largest game reserve in Africa, the Selous is a relatively untouched game reserve. It has Tanzania’s largest wild dog population and huge herds of elephants, this is a superb and wild area to explore on safari.

Where next?

After the excitement and adventure of a safari, relaxing on a tropical beach is the perfect way to end a holiday.

Convenient flights and good value for money hotels make combining a safari with either Mombasa or Zanzibar accessible and affordable. Other resorts we offer as beach extensions are Lamu, Seychelles and Mauritius

Don’t miss this! 

The chance to witness the Mara or Serengeti at sunrise with a magical ballooning experience followed by a bush breakfast. From £275 pp in the Mara and £295 pp in Serengeti, pre-book it in the UK as part of a package.

Kenya


Sitting astride the equator on Africa’s eastern coast is Kenya, with its open plains and shimmering lakes.  The country is home to a number of different tribes including the Maasai and Samburu, resplendent in their distinctive red cloaks, beadwork collars and ceremonial Lion Spears.

There are a number of different National Parks and Private Game Conservancies, the most famous being the Masai Mara on the Tanzanian Border. Renown for the annual Wildebeest migration, the Mara is also home to the Big 5 and nowhere on earth can claim such a collection of wildlife be seen in such spectacular surroundings. The wide open plains are particularly suitable as a habitat for cheetahs. The other reserves also have the Big 5 animals and can be a quieter alternative with game viewing that is just as rewarding. The coast with its miles of white sandy beaches is a short flight away, making Kenya an ideal place to combine the thrill and excitement of a luxury safari and a relaxing beach holiday.

Product Highlights

  • A selection of road safaris from 4 to 7 night’s duration
  • Value for money safaris, visiting the popular game reserves
  • Full board and game drives. Two game drives per day, one early morning and one late afternoon
  • Guaranteed window seat, maximum 5 or 7 people per vehicle with game viewing hatch – accessible only from the rear seats
  • Suitable for all markets, couples, groups and families
  • Set weekly departures, allocation of rooms and seats ensure quick confirmation
  • Other days of the week are possible – supplements apply

Flying Safaris – A selection of flying safaris from 5 – 10 nights duration. Cover longer distances between camps in a shorter time. Extremely popular during migration season between July to October in the Masai Mara

Great for tailor-made itineraries. More exclusive than safaris by road.

Private Conservancies – A back to nature wilderness experience away from the crowds. Game drives in open sided 4×4 vehicles. Very limited numbers in parks which are managed by local Masai communities. Camps are designed to have minimum impact on the environment. A more flexible approach includes day and night safaris, guided bush walks, visits to Masai villages. Conservancies can be mixed with lodges and camps in the national reserves. Our camps in the popular conservancies include Porini Camps and Kicheche Mara Camp.

Upgrades – Exclusive use – upgrade to a Premier vehicle on road safaris – more independence and ideal for families and groups, especially for stops, or for interest in particular wildlife and birds.

Getting There
Kenya Airways, Virgin and British Airways operate daily services from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Flight time is approx 8 ½ hours, and Kenya Airways also operate numerous daily connecting flights from Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi and Manda Island near Lamu, these flights take about 90minutes. For more beach combinations fly to Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro, plus further afield to Mauritius and Seychelles

When to visit? –
There are two main seasons. January to March when it’s dry and hot, July to October when you can witness the annual migration in the Masai Mara.
Although the wet season is generally April to June (long rains) and November (short rains), there are some advantages to travelling at this time, as it’s cooler and holiday prices tend to be lower.

Where next?

Convenient flights and good value for money hotels make combining a safari with either Mombasa or Zanzibar accessible and affordable.

Other resorts we offer as beach holiday extensions are Lamu, Seychelles and Mauritius

There are a number of different National Parks and Private Game Conservancies, the most famous being the Masai Mara on the Tanzanian Border, but there are many more besides, below is a brief overview:

  • Masai Mara – the most popular destination in Kenya, the reserve is home to countless species, including the ‘big five’ and home to the incredible annual wildebeest migration
  • Aberdares National Park – this features part of the Aberdares Mountain Range, an area of natural beauty. The park is full of vegetation, streams and waterfalls. Elephants and rhinos dominate the park, but there is plenty more to discover.
  • Lake Naivasha – Over 450 species of birds and been recorded in and around this freshwater lake with the highest concentration between October and March.
  • Amboseli National Park – A popular park with Mount Kilimanjaro as a spectacular backdrop. Home to an abundance of mammals and over 400 species of birds. The flat and dusty landscape provides good opportunities to see a large variety of wildlife including buffalo, lion, gazelles, cheetahs and wildebeast.

For more information on all of the above please call us on 01954 232802

Or email: [email protected]

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