AFRICA: Safari and beaches holidays
Luxury Africa safari holidays tailor-made for you by travel specialists with years of first-hand knowledge of Africa.
Migrations, Mountains and Spice Islands
Whether you come for a wildlife safari in famous reserves such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater or Ruaha, to climb Kilimanjaro, to walk with the Maasai, or just to chill out on Indian Ocean islands like Zanzibar, Tanzania will not disappoint you.Explore more
Destinations for Africa safaris
Which is the best country to visit in Africa? It’s an impossible question to answer as each African country has a compelling reason for why you should visit whether you want a safari, beach holiday or adventure. At Tribes, we can recommend the right place for you once we’ve had a chat, but the list below is also a good place to begin.
Go for the unmissable and unique Okavango Delta where lagoons, waterways and islands are the backdrop to truly stunning wildlife viewing. But then there is also the Kalahari Desert, the salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, and Chobe, and a Botswana safari combines easily with visiting Victoria Falls.
A Kenya safari offers superb wildlife watching in the Masai Mara including the spectacular annual migration. But this is just one of the great safari reserves, and then you also have the mountains, the culture, and of course gorgeous Indian Ocean beaches.
Come to this huge island off Africa for creatures which are unique to Madagascar: lemurs such as singing indris, dancing sifakas and the weird aye-aye. Then there are ‘upside down’ baobab trees, fascinating cultures, tsingy rock formation and gorgeous tropical beaches.
Malawi gives you a fascinating and friendly taste of Africa. The vast lake is the focus for water sports and beach, then there are highlands to explore, villages to visit, and, whilst not a first choice for safari, there’s some very good wildlife viewing too.
Visiting Mauritius is nearly all about the beach. The island’s coastline boasts fabulous tropical white sand beach resorts lapped by the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Nearby Rodrigues is said to be as Mauritius was about 25 years ago.
For most visitors, Mozambique is about the beaches. Within easy reach of Johannesburg there is the mainland coast and the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south, while in the north is the Quirimbas archipelago. All offer beautiful tropical beaches for remote basking and watersports.
Namibia’s arid lands offer stunning wilderness to be explored on safari: Sossusvlei dunes, Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast, rock art at Twyfelfontein, plus wildlife and traditional cultures. A great African experience whether you want to self-drive or take a luxury option.
One of the special few places you can visit mountain gorillas whose survival is almost totally reliant on tourism. Rwanda is a stunning country which offers huge rewards for the more adventurous traveller to Africa.
For most travellers, South Africa’s highlights include: incredible wildlife safari reserves such as Kruger and Hluhluwe; Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula and the nearby Winelands; and the beautiful Garden Route. But there really is so much more too.
Whether you come for a wildlife safari in famous reserves such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater or Ruaha, to climb Kilimanjaro, to walk with the Maasai, or just to chill out on Indian Ocean islands like Zanzibar, Tanzania will not disappoint you.
One of Africa’s best kept secrets, Uganda has spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife – including gorillas and chimpanzees – rainforests, river, mountains . . . A holiday in Uganda is diverse and awe-inspiring.
One of Africa’s prime wildlife safari destinations, with stunning parks such as South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue. It is the place for walking safaris. It is an expensive destination but it’s completely worth it. And you get Victoria Falls too!
The draw of Victoria Falls is strong, but this is by no means the only reason to come to Zimbabwe. Beautiful wilderness areas such as Mana Pools, and excellent wildlife reserves like Hwange National Park and Gonarezhou offer wonderful wildlife viewing.
Unmissable things to do on African safari and beach holidays
Join the wildebeest migration, find yourself poling along the waterways of the Okavango Delta, take the Flight of Angels or the Elephant Express . . . Read about some of the best experiences we can include in your luxury tailor-made African safari.
Walking Safari in Zambia
Lemur spotting in Madagascar
Cute, cuddly, funny, adorable, fascinating, curious or downright odd! These are just some of the adjectives used to describe the lemurs of Madagascar.
Mokoro safaris in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
A mokoro ride is the quintessential Okavango Delta experience. Gently glide through the water watching the wildlife from a new perspective.
A scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast
This is a fascinating opportunity to observe our close relatives in the wild,
7 days from £3600pp plus international flights.
This is a classic combination of three top quality safari locations staying at high quality safari camps throughout.
- Wildlife viewing in Amboseli
- Game viewing at Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Visit a chimpanzee sanctuary at Ol Pejeta
- Two nights in a private conservancy of the Masai Mara
- Excellent tented accommodation throughout
The Tribes Foundation
Simply by booking with Tribes, you are making a difference. Every booking helps with The Tribes Foundation, the charity we back with admin and funds. Most clients give additional donations which we always put to very good use with one of the wildlife, environmental or social projects we support.
Read more in our Tribes blog
The Tribes blog brings you regular articles written by our specialists, travellers or partners and conservationists in our destinations. We have a big collection of articles now, so have a mooch to find some interesting short reads.Explore more
Wildlife of the Masai Mara
In the latter half of June 2017, I spent 10 nights in the Masai Mara.
Tribes’ director, Amanda Marks, explored Ruaha for 2 weeks in June 2018 Staying at or inspecting all of the lodges and camps, game driving in the east, west and centre, and talking to the camp owners, managers and guides.
Gombe has a new alpha male
In the primate world, rank is everything Because humans are primates, it’s easy to see how power dynamics and relationships in groups play a massive role in our own societies.