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Africa & Madagascar Trips

  • An intense fight between two male Gemsbok
  • Challenge on the horizon
  • The Mighty Gorilla
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Amazing scenes in Etosha NP
  • Kasbah du Toubkal
  • Victoria Falls
  • Huge African Elephant in Kruger National Park

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Our second-largest continent is home to some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and diverse tribal cultures. The only continent that spans not just the Equator but also the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, Africa boasts a remarkable range of climates, landscapes and wildlife habitats. From the Mediterranean north to South Africa's Cape Province in the south, the continent encompasses vast rainforests, wide savannahs, snow-capped mountain ranges and the world's hottest desert, the Sahara.

Africa is probably best known for its wildlife. It is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros) as well as a host of other wildlife. Some of the world's greatest wildlife reserves, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, the Maasai Mara, Moremi, Chobe, the Kalahari and the Kruger, can be found in eastern and southern Africa. As if mainland Africa wasn't enough for wildlife-lovers, off the south-eastern coast lies the remarkable island of Madagascar, home to some of the planet's most unusual species. A wildlife safari in Africa is an experience second to none, whether you're observing the wildlife on foot, by four-wheel-drive or from a boat.

A rich tapestry of cultures and tribes has evolved throughout the continent: there are dozens of ethnic groups each with their own customs, traditions and language. No visit to Africa is complete without meeting its people and witnessing first-hand the extraordinary wealth of the culture, from the Berbers and Tuareg of the north to the Maasai in the east and the Zulus and San Bushmen in the south. Africa's diversity of music, dance, art, architecture, clothing, religions, traditions and beliefs is truly amazing.

Travellers to Africa often fall in love with the continent and return again and again. For us at Explore the combination of world-class wildlife, astounding landscapes and vibrant, living cultures make it one of our favourite destinations. If your passion is wildlife you will find more to enjoy in Africa than perhaps anywhere else in the world; historians will relish exploring the ancient Egyptian and Roman monuments of the north and the early Christian sites of Ethiopia; cyclists will find exhilarating rides in Morocco and South Africa; walkers and trekkers are spoilt for choice, with the Atlas Mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro and South Africa's Drakensburg to choose from. For tropical sunshine and relaxation you could unwind on the spice island of Zanzibar or on the white sands of the Swahili Coast. There really is something to inspire everyone in Africa.

  • Colourful Djemaa el Fna

    Morocco (17 Trips)

    Come to Morocco for its elusive magic and exotic mystery and you will probably leave with more prosaic, yet intimate,...

  • A Lion basks in the afternoon sun

    South Africa (12 Trips)

    South Africa is celebrated, first and foremost, for its incredible natural beauty. It has some of the most varied and...

  • Distant views of Kilimanjaro

    Tanzania (10 Trips)

    With its multitude of uncrowded locations that are home to a staggering variety of animals, Tanzania offers what most...

  • An intense fight between two male Gemsbok

    Namibia (7 Trips)

    Exposed to the mercy of the elements, Namibia’s landscapes are not what you expect to find in Africa. Deserts,...

  • Experience Kwazulu Culture

    Swaziland (6 Trips)

    With an area of just over 17,000 sq km (smaller than the Kruger National Park), Swaziland may be the smallest country...

  • Thirsty Lions

    Botswana (4 Trips)

    Beautiful Botswana is Africa’s triumph. Not only does it deliver in terms of wildlife – spotting the ‘big...

  • Victoria Falls

    Zambia (4 Trips)

    “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. So said David Livingstone upon seeing the...

  • Castle at Gondar

    Ethiopia (3 Trips)

    Ethiopia is a large country both in terms of population and geographical area. It experienced no protracted period of...

  • Brown Lemur

    Madagascar (3 Trips)

    If you have are planning to go to Madagascar, the first thing you should know is that it is like nowhere else on...

  • Young Gorilla, Uganda

    Uganda (2 Trips)

    Uganda, straddling the equator high on the central African plateau and perched on the northern shore of Lake...

  • Gelede Mask Dancers

    Benin (1 Trip)

    Benin many not be the first country people consider when thinking of an African holiday, but it certainly has its...

  • Larabanga

    Ghana (1 Trip)

    You have probably been hearing a lot about Ghana lately. This West African country is often cited as a prime example...

  • Lake Malawi

    Malawi (1 Trip)

    Travel on an adventure holiday to Malawi with Explore and experience a different take on the African Safari.

  • Pelicans at Djoudj, Senegal

    Senegal (1 Trip)

    For a different type of African safari, combine The Gambia with Senegal, where the National Parks are an...

  • Area of Jebel Barkal

    Sudan (1 Trip)

    Even within the African continent, Sudan is known as the great unknown. This vast country was once the land of the...

  • Wassu Stone Circles

    The Gambia (1 Trip)

    One of Africa’s smallest countries, the Gambia is a tiny sliver of land that’s slipped into the...

  • Voodoo dance

    Togo (1 Trip)

    Wedged between Ghana and Benin on the Atlantic Coast, Togo generally conjures up images afro-glamorous beachside...

  • Victoria Falls

    Zimbabwe (1 Trip)

    Though making news for all the wrong reasons in recent years, Zimbabwe was once, and will be again, among the...

  • Beachlife in Sao Tome

    Sao Tome (1 Trip)

    São Tomé and Príncipe is Africa’s second smallest country, made up of two tiny volcanic islands off the coast of...


    Ivory Coast (1 Trip)