Africa Organised Trips

Abu Simbel by Air

Enjoy a short flight south to Abu Simbel, an archaeological site on the banks of Lake Nasser. During this half day tour, you’ll discover The Great Temple and four colossal statues of Ramses II. On 22 February and 22 October each year – allegedly the king’s birthday and coronation – the sun's rays strike through the temple and illuminate the inner shrine. You'll also learn of the skill used to carve these monuments and the astonishing relocation of Abu Simbel’s temples during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Duration:

Half day (daily departures).

Price: Group prices from £287 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Entrance, flight and transport

Excludes: Food and drink

Transport details:

Scheduled flight and transfers.

Health & Fitness:

Not suitable for those with walking difficulties.

African Queen Sundowner Cruise

Take in a spectacular sunset while floating down the Zambezi River aboard the African Queen, an elegant five-star river cruising vessel. During this wonderful cruise, you can relax with a cocktail out on deck and soak up the rugged charm of the surrounding wilderness, keeping your eyes peeled for crocodiles, hippos, elephants and birds in the last rays of fiery sunlight. With many of the animals here nocturnal, dusk is the perfect time to spot wildlife on the river banks.

Duration:

2 hours (weather permitting)

Other information:

Departs daily (weather permitting)

Apartheid Museum, Newtown & Maboneng Private Tour

Learn about the some of the most important aspects of South African history and culture on this private Johannesburg tour. Visit the Apartheid Museum to learn about the rise and fall of the segregation in South Africa. After lunch, you’ll get to explore Johannesburg’s inner city area of Newtown, known for its graffiti art, and up-and-coming Maboneng where there’s plenty of music, art galleries and dining options. Your local tour guide will be able to introduce you to local residents who you can chat to and hear all about what living in Johannesburg is like.

Included/Excluded:

Includes: Private Newtown and Maboneng tour, guided Apartheid Museum tour, lunch, 2 x non-alcoholic beverages, 2 x water and transfers.

Canopy Tour, Tsitsikamma

Glide among the treetops in this 30-metre-high zip line tour of Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy unrivalled views as you make your way along ten treetop platforms with guides who’ll teach you about the protected forest – one which is populated by giant Outeniqua yellowwood trees up to 700 years old. On your wired flight, you might even be able get a closer look at the park’s brightly coloured birdlife, including the Narina trogon and Knysna loerie. (Ages seven and over).

Duration:

Around 2½ hours

Cape Peninsula Tour, Cape Town

Dipping in and out of the waves, strolling around town and preening on the sand – the penguins at Boulders Beach are a charming sight. During this Cape Peninsula tour, you’ll experience some of the most spectacular views in the world during a drive along the Atlantic Coast. Pass through the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can take an optional boat trip to Duiker Island to see Cape Fur seals, and visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Duration:

Full day (approx. 8-9 hours)

Start time: 9am (collection time 8-8.50am)
End time: 5-6pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Return transfers to City, Sea Point and Camps Bay hotels. Excludes: Food and drink, boat trip to Duiker Island and ticket to Boulders Beach penguins.

Max. group size: 40
Other information:

Departs daily.
Conducted with dual-language commentary in German and English on selected days.

Cape Town scenic helicopter tour

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town from above with the towering form of Table Mountain looming above the city and the tiny speck of Robben Island just visible. Head out from the Atlantico via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak and over the lagoon-laced beauty of Noordhoek beach. From here, you’ll continue out over Sun Valley to the pretty False Bay coastline, following it along to the fishing villages of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay.

Duration:

Up to 30 minutes

Chobe National Park tour

Embark on a morning of game viewing on a river cruise along the Chobe River, trying to spot wildlife including hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, elephant and an abundance of bird life. Enjoy lunch at a riverside hotel before boarding a 4x4 safari vehicle for a thrilling game drive in Chobe National Park, seeking out its resident buffalo, giraffe, lions and leopards. After this exciting full day itinerary, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Livingstone.

Duration:

Full Day

Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transfers from Livingstone hotels only.

Excludes: Chobe National Park fees and any visa fees.

Close Encounter Whale Tour, Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy a breakfast and commence on a venture to get up close and personal to some of the most majestic beings in the animal kingdom. This tour runs between June and November, giving you more chance to see humpback and southern right whales who both visit around these months, alongside the resident Bryde’s whale. (Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.)

Duration:

2 hours

Cradle of Humankind Private Tour

Step back to the beginning of mankind at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, where over 40% of the world’s known human ancestor fossils have been found. Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre, which was designed to capture the four elements – earth, fire water and air – and is where you’ll go on an underground boat ride to retrace the evolution of our planet. Continue to the Sterkfontein Caves, a site where fossils including ‘Mrs Ples’ and ‘Little Foot’ have been found, giving us vital information about our ancestors and helping us piece together the story of where we came from. 

Dolphin & seal catamaran cruise

Head out aboard a luxurious catamaran to spot the spectacular marine life of the Namibian coast. Departing from Walvis Bay, you’ll head out across the waves as you keep eyes peeled for playful seals, leaping dolphins and graceful pelicans. In season, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback and southern right whales as they breach, and enjoy the rare chance to glimpse a pod of orca. And with mola mola and leatherback turtles also spotted in the area, there’s plenty to keep a look out for.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Duration: Half day

Dolphin Marine Eco Tour, Plettenberg Bay

Take a trip around the bay to try and spot various marine wildlife along South Africa’s Garden Route. Wildlife you might spot includes bottlenose and humpback dolphins; Bryde’s, southern right and humpback whales and a Cape fur seal colony. Tour runs January-May. (Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.)

Duration:

2 hours

Egyptian Museum

Housing an impressive collection of ancient Egyptian antiques and many treasures of King Tutankhamen, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo makes for a thrilling half-day tour. From a collection of papyrus and coins to coffins and Tutankhamen's famous gold mask, you'll discover much of the country's ancient past and be visually amazed by the richness of the artefacts on display.

Duration:

Half day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departures).

Price: Group prices from £28 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Entry, guide and transfers.
Excludes: Entry to the Mummies room.

Elephant Experience

The activity encompasses a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi habituated elephants, becoming personally acquainted with them, observing and interacting with them.

Duration:

4 Hours in the morning culminating in a picnic lunch in the bush.

Other information:

This excursion is available from the following hotels:Stanleys Camp, Botswana in Style Safari.

Meals and drinks included:Lunch.

Flight of Angels

See Victoria Falls as Livingstone dreamed they had been – ‘gazed upon by angels in their flight’ with a helicopter ride over the plumes of mist of this Natural Wonder of the World. 

Duration:

12 minutes

Foodies on Foot, Stellenbosch

Experience a taste of historic Stellenbosch on a walking tour and learn about this famous Cape Winelands town with a knowledgeable guide, while sampling signature culinary offerings including South African delicacy beef biltong, artisanal chocolate and wine pairings.

Duration:

3½ hours

Franschhoek Wine Tram

This is the quintessential way to experience the famous Franschhoek wineries. Hop on and off this nostalgic tram on the popular Blue Route and enjoy sensational views as you stop at some of Franschhoek’s award-winning wineries. Each vineyard offers a selection of experiences including wine, cheese and chocolate tastings, cellar tours and picnics (pre-booking required).

Duration:

6 hours

Governors' Hot-Air Balloon Safari

Governors’ balloon safari over the Mara plains could just be the most beautiful balloon flight in the world. After watching the crew inflate their craft at the launch site, take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah; a group of grazing zebra becoming distinguishable from their silhouette forms below; a family of elephants wandering just below you. The photo opportunities are incredible. And wherever you land, a Champagne breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy. It’s one of our most highly recommended safari experiences.

Guests in select camps nearby can also book the Governors' balloon safari. For guests staying at camps in other areas of the Mara, similar hot-air balloon safaris are available - please ask your Personal Travel Expert for details.

Duration:

Around an hour for the balloon ride, drifting wherever the air currents take you

Start time: Before dawn, departing from behind Little Governors' Camp
What to take:

We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a light jacket or jumper.

Half Day Spice Tour

Explore small traditional farms in the rural areas that grow cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices as well as medicinal and ornamental plants and tropical fruits. A rare experience leaving you in no doubt as to why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Minimum of two nights stay required.

Jozani Forest Tour

This guided walking tour is an excellent introduction to Zanzibar’s sole national park: Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. An experienced park ranger will lead you through the forest’s nature trail, where you can hope to spot troops of its most famous resident – the red colobus monkey, an endangered species endemic to Zanzibar – in the treetops. Other species you may see in the forest are the Sykes monkey, bush babies, duikers and a rich variety of birds and butterflies.

Duration:

Half day

Knysna Oyster Cruise

Take a scenic cruise around Knysna and across its famous lagoon. Pass ‘The Heads’, a pair of cliffs that form a natural opening into the lagoon and out into the Indian Ocean. Learn about one of the world’s most decadent foods as you try some of the freshest oysters you can find. A famous delicacy in Knysna, you’ll taste both wild and cultivated oysters and, accompanied with some wine, it’s a luxurious way to experience the local cuisine.

Duration:

1½ hours

Lady Livingstone River Sundowner Cruise

Enjoy a sundowner in style as your cruise along the might Zambezi River, with snacks and beverages included. As you await the sunset, look out for hippos, crocodile and graceful herons and the African Fish Eagle. You might also spot elephant, buffalo and antelope on the banks of the river. The Lady Livingstone departs from the David Livingstone Safari Lodge in Zambia.

Duration:

2 hours

Living desert

Uncover the living desert on a 4x4 adventure through the remarkable landscapes of the Namib Desert. While on first appearance this land appears uninhabitable and lifeless, if – like your expert guide – you know where to look, there’s a variety of extraordinary animals and plants that have adapted to life in this difficult and challenging environment. Exploring the dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, you’ll hop out to track animals and snap some enviable photos.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Duration: Half day

Livingstone Island High Tea

Take high tea on the edge of the world – or at least it might feel that way. Perched on the precipice of Victoria Falls, Livingstone Island offers a unique viewpoint that surrounds you in rushing water as it makes its way over the waterfall's edge. Your guide will lead you to the best spots for photographs and those daring enough can take a swim in Devil's Pool, an infinity-style pool by the edge of the waterfall. Livingstone Island is open in August-March and Devil's Pool in September-December, however this can vary depending on water levels.

Duration:

2 hours

Marine desert adventure

Explore the contrasting landscapes of Namibia, beginning with a hunt for some of the most fantastic aquatic wildlife. Enjoy a hot drink on board as you approach a Cape fur seal colony and the lighthouse at Pelican Point. Between July and November, you might be able to spot southern right and humpback whales. Taste fresh oysters served with sparkling wine before visiting Sandwich Harbour Lagoon (weather permitting), or heading to the top of a dune for wonderful desert views.

Duration:

7 hours

Marrakech Discovery Tour

Take a historical sightseeing tour of the Old Medina of Marrakech with its narrow winding streets and ornate masterpieces. Visit the 12th-Century Koutoubia Minaret, stroll through the Kasbah to the sacred Saadian Tombs, explore the once elaborate, vast remains of the 16th-Century El Badi Palace and indulge in delicious food at Djemma el-Fna Square.

Duration:

Full day (Wednesday & Sunday departures).

Price: Group prices from £33 per person , Private prices from £65 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Lunch.

Meerkat Excursion, Oudtshoorn

Rise early to catch the start of a meerkat’s day on this morning excursion. As a clan (or a gang, or mob) of meerkats come out of their burrows to go about their daily activities, you’ll experience some time up-close to these endearing upright creatures with a knowledgeable guide to fill you in on the goings on. Endemic only to Southern Africa, this is a wonderful way to view these animals in their natural habitat.

Duration:

2-3 hours

Newtown & Maboneng Private Tour

Explore two of Johannesburg’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in this full-day private tour. Begin in Newtown, where you’ll take a tour of the graffiti murals before lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, take a short walking tour of up-and-coming Maboneng where you’ll visit notable buildings like Art on Main and 12 Decades to view local artwork. Your local tour guide will be able to introduce you to local residents who you can chat to and hear all about what living in Johannesburg is like.

Included/Excluded:

Includes: Private Newtown and Maboneng tour, lunch, 2 x non-alcoholic beverages, 2 x water and transfers.

Pretoria City Private Tour

See the key sites of Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, also known as ‘Jacaranda City’ after the blue flowering trees that line its streets. Start your half-day private tour at the Voortrekker Monument to find out about the history of the Afrikaner and enjoy the great city views from its vantage point. Next, visit the Kruger House Museum, the last home of President Paul Kruger, and the historic Church Square where you’ll see the Palace of Justice, where President Nelson Mandela was tried and charged with treason. End with a possible photo stop at the Union Buildings.

Pyramids & Sphinx

Don't miss the spectacular and iconic Pyramids of Giza, guarded by the towering Sphinx lying close by. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remains largely intact, while the Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world. Your guide will give you a personal insight into these magnificent sites.

Duration:

Half day (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departures).

Price: Group prices from £28 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Entry to pyramids arena, transport and guide.
Excludes: Entry to Cheops pyramid.

Royal Livingstone Express dinner run

Travel back in time on a vintage train ride with dramatic views of Victoria Falls as you sit down to a sumptuous five-course meal. Fully restored, the charming interior of the 1930s carriages will whisk you away to a time of finer things. The leisurely pace allows you to really take in the wondrous natural beauty of 'the Smoke that Thunders' as you cross the Victoria Falls bridge.

Duration:

4 hours

Sand boarding

Forget the snow, keen boarders have a new hit destination to head for – the dunes! This unusual activity is fun for everyone – even if your experience only runs as far as hurtling yourself down the beach on a body board as a child. For the more confident, you can stand on a snowboard as the instructor teaches you to glide down the sands (no experience necessary), but if lying down is more your style, there’s the option to either cruise down solo or in tandem.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Duration: Half day

Serengeti Hot-Air Balloon Safari

After watching the crew inflate their craft at the launch site, take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Serengeti; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah; a group of grazing zebra becoming distinguishable from their silhouette forms below; a family of elephants wandering just below you. The photo opportunities are incredible. And wherever you land, a Champagne breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy. It’s one of our most highly recommended safari experiences. Please ask your Personal Travel Expert for details.

Duration:

Around an hour for the balloon ride, drifting wherever the air currents take you

Start time: Before dawn
What to take:

We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a light jacket or jumper.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery, Karen Blixen & Giraffe Centre, Nairobi

Wander around the Nairobi home of Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, who wrote under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa tells the tale of Karen’s life on a coffee plantation in Kenya and her doomed love affair with Denys Finch Hatton. Take a short drive to the Giraffe Centre just outside Nairobi to feed the Rothschild's giraffes, and later visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery (open to the public 11am-midday) provides habitat for elephant and rhino calves whose mothers have fallen victim to poachers. Once the animals are strong enough, they are released into Tsavo National Park. So far, the trust has hand-raised over 150 infant elephants. Spend some time with the inquisitive elephants as they are fed by staff, who are on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants.

If you want to get more involved, it’s possible to foster an elephant through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – a UK registered charity based in Surrey – which also gives you exclusive afternoon viewing times at the orphanage (at 5pm, by appointment). The donation fee to foster an elephant helps cover the long-term commitment of feeding and caring for the little elephants until they are confident enough to join the wild herds. If you'd like to foster an elephant, please ask one of our Personal Travel Experts for more details.

Sidecar tour of the city

Experience a tour of Cape Town like no other – in the sidecar of a decommissioned military bike. Strap in for a ride along the wondrous landscape of the Chapman's Peak Drive via the Atlantic Seaboard, where you'll pass by the scenic sights of Camps Bay, Hout Bay and the Constantia winelands in this unique adventure. Suitable for all ages, there are also longer sidecar tours available with the option to tailor-make your own two, four or eight-hour routes.

Duration:

2 hours

Skeleton coast scenic flight

View Namibia’s Skeleton Coast from the best seats in the house on this scenic flight. Loop from the seaside resort of Swakopmund past mountains, rivers, little towns and a staggering uranium mine before reaching the untouched beauty of the Skeleton Coast. Haunted by the remains of whales and shipwrecks, you’ll sweep over this beautifully harsh landscape where the vast sea ripples against the burnt orange of the desert in this intriguing juxtaposition of nature.

Duration:

2 hours

Stone Town Tour

This guided tour is a great way to learn about Zanzibar’s rich cultural heritage, where Arab, Indian, Persian and European influences blend with local African tradition. Discover historic buildings with elaborately carved wooden doors, shaded by balconies lining the narrow winding streets. You’ll visit the former slave market, pass consulates and explore old forts and gardens. Visit the imposing House of Wonders - the Sultan’s Palace - a museum dedicated to Zanzibar’s history and culture.

Duration:

Half day

Other information:

Minimum of two nights stay required.

Toubkal National Park

A full day in the scenic Asni Valley climbing to the high Atlas mountains to the Berber town of Imlil at the base of Jebel Toubkal which rises to almost 14,000 feet. Lunch is included and will be taken in the Atlas allowing time to enjoy the majesty of your surrounds and Berber culture that has remained unchanged for centuries, oblivious to modern influences.

Duration:

Full Day (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday departures).

Price: Group prices from £54 per person , Private prices from £90 per person
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Lunch

Tour of the Falls

Named Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'the Smoke that Thunders', get the best views of this magnificent display of cascading water on this tour. With a local guide to tell you all about the significance and history of Victoria Falls, make your way through excellent viewing points including Knife Edge Bridge and Boiling Pot. Known for its immense spray, be prepared to get a little wet along the way! Tour is not recommended between November and December when there may be little or no water from the Zambian side.

Duration:

2 hours

Victoria Falls Tour: Zimbabwe

This tour takes you to see the impressive Zimbabwean side of the breathtaking Victoria Falls – the side with the most viewpoints including the Main Falls, with photo opportunities and information on local flora and fauna on this two-hour tour.

Duration:

2 hours

Walk to Freedom Tour

Experience the raw energy of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. You’ll explore the District Six Museum, which chronicles the quashing of this diverse community during the apartheid era, and Tsonga Environmental Gardens. Visit an informal spaza shop, a 'shebeen' (pub) and a hostel for a first-hand taste of township culture, before returning the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a ferry ride to Robben Island, a World Heritage Site where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.

Duration:

Full Day (approx. 7.5-10 hours)

Start time: Collection from 8-8.30am
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: No maximum
Transport details:

Minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Ferry ride depends on weather and ferry being in operation.
Transfers to Camps Bay hotels available at extra cost.
Excursions to Robben Island must be pre-booked as the daily number of visitors is limited.

Waterfront Sunset Cruise

Cape Town boasts one of the finest locations for spectacular sunsets that sink into the sea. Jump aboard a cruiser and sip a glass of bubbly as you take in views of Table Mountain and the city. Your boats – Spirit of Victoria and Esperance – will follow the wind out of the harbour and sail across the bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse. You’ll then return to Granger Bay in the lee of the mountain. A bar will be available for your convenience and a warm jacket is recommended.

Duration:

1½ hours

Start time: 5pm-7pm depending on the time of year
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Glass of sparkling wine and transport. Excludes: All other food and drink.

Max. group size: Varies depending on vessel
Transport details:

Sail boat

Other information:

Departs daily (weather permitting).
Voucher required.
Please ask your hotel to re-confirm your attendance.
Most staff speak English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.

Windhoek city & township tour

Learn more about Namibia’s highland capital during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Starting at the famous Lover’s Hill, your guide will reveal the compelling history of Windhoek and Namibia from the colonial era through to present day. Packed with significant and historic sites, you’ll see everything from the Christ Church to Ink Palace, Parliament Gardens, Rider Memorial and the Old Fort before driving to the Katutura Township to visit Penduka Women’s Centre.

Duration:

Half day

Winelands tour from Cape Town

Gently twirl the wine in your glass, breathing in its fruity aroma during this tour through South Africa’s stunning rolling vineyards. On this full day exploring the beautiful Winelands region, you’ll visit Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, stopping in each for a taster of the superb wine. While at each estate, you’ll also hear a talk from an expert, offering a fascinating insight into the production of the grape and how this becomes wine.

Duration:

Full day (approx. 8-9 hours)

Start time: 9am (collection time 8-8.50am)
End time: 5-6pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport and wine tasting. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: 40
Other information:

Departs daily.
Conducted in with dual-language commentary in German and English on selected days.
Tour may run in reverse.

Zambezi Royal Luxury Sunset Cruise

Cruise the mighty Zambezi at sunset and enjoy canapés and drinks in this leisurely way to end a day at Victoria Falls. On this two-hour cruise, you can immerse yourself in local wildlife as you pass hippos, elephants and crocodiles as well as a rich variety of birdlife.

Duration:

2 hours