Africa Tours and Safaris
Africa. Travel here is as different from north to south as it is east to west. From Casablanca to Cape Town, Africa offers some of the greatest secrets and travellers' treasures to be found anywhere on earth. The inhabitants, both human and otherwise are no less diverse - Africa is home to modern cities and nomadic villages alike. Whether you're after a peaceful sunrise while on an Africa safari, a camel trek with Berber tribesmen, or a photo op with mountain gorillas, Africa will touch you deeply and beckon you to return again and again.
Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)
Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches—Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll get to embrace local life but still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, there’s always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.
Highlights: Search for lemurs and unique wildlife, learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks, visit local artisan workshops, lounge on the beautiful beaches, savour dinner with a local family
Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)
Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia, and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon and explore Etosha National Park in search if the 'Big 5'. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.
Highlights: See the Big Five in Etosha National Park, try adrenaline activities, tackle the world's largest sand dunes, appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon, get cultured in Cape Town.
Delta & Falls Overland (DNFO)
Feel the splash of the Okavango Delta from a dug-out mokoro canoe and the mists of majestic Victoria Falls—described by the local Kololo people as 'the smoke that thunders'. Experience the colours, culture and scenery of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia on this well-packed 9-day adventure. Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the elephants of Chobe National Park. With a knowledgeable CEO leading the way, travel aboard our overland truck is well-paced and wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Prepare yourself for an utterly unique African experience.
Highlights: Meet the San Bushmen on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert, get into the wild with dug-out canoe rides and wilderness camping in the Okavango Delta, cruise the Chobe River at sunset, feel the mist of the mighty Victoria Falls.
Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls—uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.
Highlights: Track the Big Five in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, gaze at Mt Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls, chill out at Lake Malawi, raft the Zambezi, bliss out on the beaches of Zanzibar.
They're the closest mammal out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda (now quite safe and very enticing to visit) as we take part in numerous treks to see primates, take boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to stay in, your focus can stay on spotting primates in their natural habitat.
Highlights: Get up-close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit the Golden Monkeys, meet local people and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel
Savvy travellers know that a genuine African wildlife safari experience need not be all sweat and struggle. We built this trip for adventurers who want to get right out into the thick of things with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of comfort. Start in stunning Cape Town, a city you may never want to leave! Then tour South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park and Timbavati Private Game Reserve by day and dream of tomorrow’s encounters with the Big Five from the coziest accommodations. With trusty CEOs at the ready, you’re free to focus on the important stuff, like squeezing that rhino into your viewfinder.
Highlights: Explore the stunning Cape Town and Cape Point vistas, visit a Planeterra-supported school and local village, snap amazing photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives in a private nature reserve, continue the safari inside world famous Kruger National Park, enjoy dinner and conversation with a local Afrikaans family
If watching nature shows on TV has gotten a little stale, try getting up close with the wildlife of Southern Africa instead. With a maximum group size of 9, you’ll immerse yourself in the best of Africa's wildlife, visiting the top national parks and private reserves of the region. We also explore the many different faces of culture. Have dinner with a local family, visit a local school project and participate in a homestay along the Chobe River. Prepare for amazement.
Highlights: Fall in love with cosmopolitan Cape Town, visit a Planeterra-supported school project, search for the Big Five on safari in Africa's premiere wildlife parks, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls, snap photos of stunning African sunsets, enjoy a sundowner at a homestay and on a houseboat in Botswana
It's never too late to experience an authentic African safari - especially if it's right in the heart of some of Africa's most famous parks and wildlife reserves. This trip covers such storied locales as Kruger National Park, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the Okavango Delta, and our small group size ensures you get the maximum amount of encounters with Africa's "Big Five". Top it off with unique accommodations; including luxury tented camps, a private home stay on the Chobe River and a 2-night houseboat stay in the Delta and you have a trip to satisfy anyone's need for adventure and comfort.
Highlights: Visit a Planeterra-supported school project, snap stunning photos of the Big Five on safari in open vehicle game drives and boat safaris, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls, enjoy African sunsets and a sundowner on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta, travel in a small group and get even closer to the wildlife
Kruger Encompassed (DSKE)
If you’re not familiar with the Kruger area, you definitely won’t forget it after this. This 7-day South African safari includes visits to a Planeterra-supported school and plenty of chances for wildlife photo opportunities at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Of course, you'll have even more chances to spot elephants, lions and rhinos at Kruger National Park itself. You’ll even have a farewell dinner with a local Afrikaans family, although you won’t want the trip to end.
Highlights: Visit an authentic African village and Planeterra-supported school, search for and snap great photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives in a Private Nature Reserve, continue the safari inside world famous Kruger National Park, take high tea at our luxury tented camp, share dinner with a local Afrikaans family
Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)
Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 8-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. One week now, memories forever.
Highlights: Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool
Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 14-day trip across three countries—South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique—with plenty of time devoted to the region’s amazing national parks and spotless beaches. Wander around the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique, take a traditional dhow safari boat around Bazaruto National Park, track the Big Five in Kruger National Park, drive the legendary Panorama Route to Johannesburg and even stop in at a Planeterra project along the way. Your stories are improving already.
Highlights: Search for the Big Five on breathtaking game drives, enjoy a dhow safari in Bazaruto National Park, indulge in mouth-watering seafood, snorkel in the turqouise waters off Mozambique, visit a local Planeterra-supported preschool, experience the Portuguese flavour of the port towns.
At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and this adventure along the Marangu Route will get you to the top safely, quickly, and with your budget in mind. Overnight in mountain huts and awake ready to conquer the slopes. As a leader in Kili treks, we'll take you to new heights in adventure on your way to the roof of Africa. Affectionately known as the "Coca-Cola Route," Marangu covers forests, moorlands and "the Saddle," a high-altitude desert, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the easiest route to summit – with a catch. The trail is well maintained but because of the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as other routes.
Highlights: Sleep in mountain huts on the way to the top, witness Africa from atop its highest mountain.
Conquer Africa's highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai Route, climbing the mountain from the North and descending via the popular Marangu Route with its diverse climate zones and stunning views. This route's gentle approach has a high success rate due to the slow ascent. You'll camp beside the only lake on the mountain and enjoy spectacular views over Kenya's Amboseli Plains. Local guides, cooks and porters will provide support during your trek and at campsites along the way.
Highlights: Follow a lesser-trekked path up Kilimanjaro, walk through ever-changing ecosystems towards the summit
From the soaring heights of Africa's highest peak to the endless plains of the Serengeti, discover the best of Tanzania. In the company of our expert guides, explore the world's best game parks in pursuit of Africa’s Big Five and climb iconic Mt Kilimanjaro. Our agile 4x4s will get you close to some of the planet’s most amazing wildlife. And, with full-service camping, you can stay close to the action without having to worry about the chores—so you can focus on the magnificent terrain and fantastic views. If you're craving a physical challenge and wildlife encounters that will leave you breathless, here's your fix.
Highlights: Conquer Africa's highest peak, explore Tanzania's best game parks, dance with the Masai, savour local specialties with traditional meals, meet local artisans on a village tour.
Experience the splendour of Kili with an extra day to acclimatize on your way to the summit of Africa's highest peak. Considered by many to be the most scenic path to the summit, the Machame boasts different routes to the summit and back. Known as the "Whiskey Route," this path leads you through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp. Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters. As a world leader in Kili treks, we'll take you to new heights in adventure!
Highlights: Stand atop the world's highest free-standing mountain, take in all the stunning scenery that Africa's highest mountain has to offer, use an extra day to acclimatize.
Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)
Summit, safari and relax on the beach—this is an all-in-one adventure for those seeking the ultimate African experience. As a world leader in Kilimanjaro treks, we’ll help you conquer Africa’s highest peak and then show you the world’s best game parks. Small groups and safari vehicles not only allow for a more authentic travel experience, but ensure great views so that you’ll be able to capture the perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet—Africa’s elusive Big Five. Finish up your adventure on the historic and alluring spice island of Zanzibar and take in the beauty of its pristine beaches.
Highlights: Conquer Africa's highest peak, search for the Big Five in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, meet local artisans and sample traditional cuisine, inhale the aromas of a Zanzibar spice plantation
Tanzania Camping Safari (DTWA)
Witness big game on open savannah and experience the beauty of the Rift Valley. Led by a certified safari guide, you'll journey to Tanzania in search of phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat. Full-service camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife and is an economical way to gain insight into local culture in a short amount of time. Our vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of Africa’s elusive Big Five.
Highlights: Photograph incredible wildlife on game drives, interact with the Masai people, savour a traditional lunch in a local community
East Africa Overland (DUAE)
From the incomparable wildlife of Uganda to the source of the Nile and onto the sunny beaches of Zanzibar, journey overland across East Africa on this thrilling 3-week adventure. Track mountain gorillas through remote forest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and pursue the elusive Big Five across open savannah on an unforgettable game drive. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Discover the diversity of wildlife, landscape and people on your journey through these fascinating countries.
Highlights: Track the Big Five in three different ecosystems, meet mountain gorillas, tempt fate with adrenaline-inducing activities, view wildlife in our 4x4 safari vehicles in Tanzania, discover Zanzibar's spice plantations and crystal-clear waters.
Botswana Safari (DZBT)
It’s one thing to watch nature documentaries from the comfort of your couch–it’s definitely another thing to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Botswana. During this unparalleled safari experience, you’ll travel in open jeeps and boats in search of elephants, giraffes, lions and exotic birds before resting up in our comfortable tented camps, house boat and even a home stay. Be sure to pack your camera—it might just be the most important piece of gear you bring with you.
Highlights: Enjoy the safari experience in open jeeps and boats-searching out the Big Five, photograph African sunsets and enjoy a sundowner with our local host at a homestay, cruise a more secluded section of the Okavango Delta by houseboat in search of wildlife, travel in a small group of 9 for more up-close and personal views
Delta and Falls Overland (DZFO)
Feel the splash of the Okavango Delta from a dugout mokoro canoe and the mists of majestic Victoria Falls—described by the local Kololo people as "the smoke that thunders". Experience the colours, culture and scenery of Zambia, Botswana and Nambia on this well-packed 9-day adventure. Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the elephants of Chobe National Park. With a knowledgeable CEO leading the way, travel aboard our overland truck is well paced and wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Prepare yourself for an utterly unique African experience.
Highlights: Meet the San Bushmen on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert, get into the wild with dugout canoe rides and wilderness camping in the Okavango Delta, cruise the Chobe River at sunset, get soaked at the mighty Victoria Falls.
Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)
Delta & Falls Overland (DNFO)
Kruger Encompassed (DSKE)
Tanzania Camping Safari (DTWA)
East Africa Overland (DUAE)
Botswana Safari (DZBT)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)||14 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Delta & Falls Overland (DNFO)||9 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV)||20 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cape Town & Kruger Encompassed (DSCK)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)||19 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Kruger Encompassed (DSKE)||7 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route (DTKM)||7 days||Active||Basic||
|Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route (DTKR)||8 days||Active||Camping||
|Mt Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure (DTKS)||14 days||Classic||Camping||
|Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame 9 Day Route (DTM9)||9 days||Active||Camping||
|Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)||17 days||Classic||Basic||
|Tanzania Camping Safari (DTWA)||8 days||Classic||Camping||
|East Africa Overland (DUAE)||22 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Botswana Safari (DZBT)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Delta and Falls Overland (DZFO)||9 days||Yolo||Camping||