It's a big statement to make but there really is an African safari holiday for everyone; if you're wondering where to go, we can pinpoint Africa's most iconic and popular destinations as well as those hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track hideaways. We're the experts in safari travel so let us guide you on where to go in Africa.
East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Rwanda
Kenya and Tanzania have been the classic safari destinations of choice for decades, thanks not only to their amazing wildlife but also because of their exceptional lodges and tented camps, reliable tour operators and diverse itineraries. Top destinations include the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park, home to the dramatic wildebeest migration and both set close to the exceptional Ngorongoro Crater, boasting the easiest Big 5 game viewing in the region.
For gorilla trekking and unique forest wildlife, we recommend Uganda and Rwanda. Each country offers gorilla and chimp trekking - some of the most memorable wildlife experiences in the world - and Uganda is also home to classic savannah game reserves too.
Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi
As diverse as their northern neighbours, the countries of Southern Africa offer safari destinations ranging from echoing deserts, teeming wetlands and Big 5 reserves to crystal-clear lakes and footprint-free beaches - a multitude of experiences from which you'll be hard-pressed to choose just a few!
For big game safaris, we recommend Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Kruger National Park in South Africa. All deliver amazing game viewing from the comfort of luxury lodges and romantic tented camps. If however you're feeling a little adventurous, a safari into Namibia's majestic deserts is highly recommended while a holiday on a remote island in Lake Malawi or a walking safari in Zambia's big game country is the epitome of getting away from it all.
For iconic destinations, look no further than Victoria Falls, shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia and boasting the title of Africa's adventure capital, or enjoy a few days in Cape Town, home to spectacular scenery, whale watching and elegant wine estates.
Indian Ocean Islands: Zanzibar, Mauritius, the Seychelles & Mozambique
Like sparkling jewels, the islands of the Indian Ocean add a distinctly exotic edge to an African safari holiday. Combine your safari with a few days on a private island in the Seychelles, enjoy a family getaway at a popular Mauritius resort, or discover the remote and romantic beauty of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos in Mozambique.
For a taste of culture, why not explore Zanzibar, an island that's easy to combine with a Tanzania safari? And speaking of safari and beach combinations, it doesn't get much easier than in Kenya where you can mix the Masai Mara with mainland beaches or hideaway islands.
Where to go in Africa for Romantics
If you're on honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or simply enjoying a romantic getaway, an African holiday is just what you need. Our top recommendations include a 5-star safari in the Kruger Park, a spa retreat in the Seychelles or a stay on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Where to go in Africa for Families
Believe it or not but Africa was made for family holidays - there are child-friendly safari destinations, family beach resorts with kids clubs and golf courses plus independent-minded self-drive itineraries. We highly recommend the malaria-free, Big 5 Eastern Cape and Madikwe Game Reserve as well as the got-it-all Sun City Resort and ever-popular Mauritius.