Places to visit in Africa
Africa is a vast continent, home to 54 countries, ranging from the deserts and pyramids of Egypt in the north to the mountains and winelands of South Africa in the south, with countless game reserves and national parks in between. With seemingly endless choices for your safari holiday, our Africa Experts are on hand to guide you every step of the way. Our team will advise you on the very best safari lodges, day tours and wildlife-watching spots, creating a tailor-made Africa holiday to suit you.
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For those who feel drawn to the African continent, South Africa at its southernmost tip is a good place to start. The country combines the comforts of home with some of the world's most remarkable nature sites. The wildlife in particular is worth the journey in itself; the country’s extraordinarily diverse ecosystems boast everything from the 'Big Five' (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino) at Kruger National Park, to penguins on Boulders Beach and colourful fish and reefs at the St Lucia Marine Reserve. All of which you can easily visit – just tell one of our Experts and we’ll work it into your itinerary and South Africa travel plans.
As a holiday destination, Kenya has it all: the Big Five, spectacular scenery, pristine white beaches and some of the most beautiful safari lodges on the continent. With direct flights from the UK, it’s easy to access, and easy to combine with an Indian Ocean beach break too. For the ultimate wildlife experience, catch the migrating herds of wildebeest as they pass through the Masai Mara from July to November.
With the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro towering above the plains, and the world-famous Serengeti National Park offering plenty of opportunity to spot the Big Five, Tanzania is one of Africa’s favourite safari destinations. Come for the wildlife, the beaches, the people and the spectacular views. Time it right and you might even witness the annual wildebeest migration too. Chat to your Tanzania Expert for advice on the best time to travel to experience this spectacular natural phenomenon.
For eco-conscious wildlife watching, Botswana is the place to be. The low density of safari lodges allows the country to protect its wilderness areas and offer you some of the best game viewing in Africa. Flight Centre’s Africa Experts have first-hand access to the best safari lodges, hotels and day tours in Botswana. So, whether you’re planning an elephant-viewing safari in Chobe National Park or a mokoro trip on the Okavango Delta, they’ll help create your perfect Botswana holiday.
Zambia’s most famous attraction may be Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe, but there’s more to this country than that. As well as 4X4 game drives, Zambia’s national park guides specialise in walking safaris, a great way to get closer to the smaller creatures and insects that live here. Tack Zambia on the end of a South Africa or Botswana holiday, or spend time exploring it in depth; whatever you choose, our Zambia Experts are on-hand to advise.
Namibia isn’t your typical safari destination. Its vast sea of orange sand dunes, moonlike landscapes and wild coastline might have been plucked from another planet, while its sparse population and lack of settlement make refreshing change from the busyness of modern life. Here, it’s not just about safari – walking, exploring and the vast open skies play a huge part in a Namibian holiday. At Round the World Experts our Namibia Experts have climbed the sand dunes and hiked the mountains, so whatever you’re looking to get out of your Namibia holiday, they can help you plan your ideal trip.
Home to some of the friendliest people in Africa, Zimbabwe is seriously underrated. Yes, it’s got the mighty Victoria Falls, but it’s also got some excellent game-rich safari parks. Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks are the stand-out favourites, while the ruins of Great Zimbabwe add a more cultural dimension. Zimbabwe makes a great final stop after a South Africa or Namibia holiday, but if you’d like to spend longer, give our Zimbabwe Experts a call for advice.