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There are few holiday experiences that beat the sheer thrill of seeing exquisite animals in their natural habitat.  And Africa is the most popular destination for such a holiday.  See the ‘Big Five’ – leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant – so called because in the days when big game hunting was in vogue these five stunning animals were deemed – thankfully - the hardest to hunt on foot.  But the great continent of Africa offers so much more, including hippos, gorillas, giraffes, antelopes, pink flamingos and zebras. 

You will be taken on game drives to locations that are the stuff of legend.  The endless savannah and grassy plains of the Masai Mara, the original home of the safari (a Swahili word meaning journey) and still with the most lions in Kenya.  The awe-inspiring Great Rift Valley, with its rugged hills, deep lakes, volcanoes and, of course, prolific wildlife.  The huge plains of the Serengeti, where the annual migration of wildebeest is classed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.  And not forgetting Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world and just off the coast of Africa, with a vast amount of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth, including lemur and many species of baobab and chameleons. 

Accommodation varies from one location to another, from spacious and well-equipped hotels with pools, restaurants and beautifully landscaped gardens to comfortable safari lodges and tented camps (with en-suite facilities, of course).  Many meals are usually included, as are the services of an experienced and knowledgeable local guide.  Group sizes, too, rarely exceed 20.  And be sure to end each day’s fascinating adventure with a sundowner, strictly speaking a term for any drink enjoyed, not surprisingly, at sundown, but more famously a cocktail with the principal ingredients of cognac and Van Der Hum, a tangerine-flavoured liqueur from South Africa. 

Exodus Classic Kenya Safari
Whether it’s exploring Lake Nakuru N.P., an excellent small park in East Africa, or the emblematic Masai Mara, wildlife abounds year-round in Kenya.
from £2799 (per person)
Travelsphere Kenya: Safari and Savannah Sunsets
Track Africa’s most thrilling animals, including the ‘Big Five’, as you head off on safari across the vast savannahs of Samburu National Reserve and the Masai Mara. You’ll also soak up the scenery around beautiful Lake Naivasha and relax in lodges where you’re surrounded by wildlife and luxury.
from £2299 (per person)
Cox & Kings Madagascar Wildlife Adventure
Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth. This tour offers an opportunity to discover the island’s extraordinary wildlife, natural history, stunning scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture.
from £3495 (per person)
National Geographic Journeys Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery
Join this unforgettable nine-day expedition to the forests of Rwanda and Uganda to track gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife.
from £4949 (per person)
Tauck Botswana, South Africa & Zambia
Discover a celebration of Southern Africa’s natural world. Embark on a Botswana safari to explore the national parks of Botswana and Zambia.
from £9550 (per person)
Titan South African Safari Adventure
People often talk of the emotional power of seeing creatures like lions and elephants in their natural habitats. And there are few better places to experience it than South Africa. Travelling to four different reserves, we give you the chance to see the Big Five, plus antelopes, hippos, hyena and countless bird species. In between, we’ll cross dramatic mountain landscapes and learn of the area’s ancient civilisations.
from £3599 (per person)
National Geographic Journeys Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls
Enjoy a nine-day highlights tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Go on safari in the Greater Kruger area, spotting and photographing elephants and lions on their own turf.
from £1655 (per person)
Cox & Kings Tanzania Wildlife Solo Travellers Tour
Explore Tanzania’s northern circuit on this excellent value tour of the country’s most renowned wildlife reserves. Visit the huge plains of the Serengeti, the open grasslands of the Great Rift Valley and the strikingly beautiful Ngorongoro Crater.
from £4295 (per person)
Saga Gorillas of Uganda
Join this 9-night adventure tour of Uganda, a country christened the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill. Discover wild mountain gorilla as you trek through Bwindi National Park and track chimpanzee in Kibale National Park. You will also drive among herds of zebra and impala in Mburo National Park, perhaps spot the rare climbing lions of Ishash and tick off some of the Big 5 as you navigate the waters of Kazinga Channel.
from £3899 (per person)
Cosmos India's Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore
Discover the glittering royal past of India’s Golden Triangle on this exciting and diverse tour. You’ll begin and finish your holiday in Delhi, with overnight stays in Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambore National Park.
from £1486 (per person)