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Africa holidays
Holidays in Africa

A thrill-seeker's paradise and an amazing place of contrasts

From road and flying safaris across East Africa's national parks or luxurious private game reserve stays in South Africa, to stylish city stays in Cape town or scenic flydrives along the famous Garden Route.

We fly to Johannesburg and Cape Town daily

11 hours
M T W T F S S
London Heathrow - Johannesburg
London Heathrow - Cape Town
Seasonal service begins October 2020.
Connect from other UK airports

You can also fly from regional UK airports on one of our partner airlines.

Where to stay in Africa

Our popular tours

Africa-4card

Essential Botswana

Combining the wilds of the Chobe National Park with the peaceful Okavango Delta.

From £2,939pp
Kenya safari-4card

A taste of Kenya

A lodge-based safari taking you from Kilimanjaro to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

From £1,439pp
South Africa-4card

South Africa highlights

Combining all of the must-see destinations of South Africa from the wildlife of Kruger National Park to taking in the beauty of Cape Town

From £1,849pp
Safari-4card

Kruger wildlife safari

The Kruger National Park is the heart of South Africa's big game country. With game-drives in 4x4 vehicles, you'll enjoy the opportunity to escape the crowds.

From £759pp

Hotels in Africa

Retrieving our hand picked hotels...

Highlights of Africa

A land of dramatic scenery, unique ecosystems and a diverse population, a life-changing journey awaits in Africa. Here are its best attractions.

  • Kick back on one of the many sun-drenched beaches of Zanzibar.
  • Head to Mombasa on Kenya’s East Coast for paradise sands and luxury beach resorts.
  • Stay at the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia, right on the banks of the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. 
  • Experience luxury tented accommodation at Governor’s Camp on the Mara River or Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri. During your stay, enjoy champagne picnics and private dining.
  • Discover Arab architecture in the exotic Old Town of Mombasa.
  • Take a guided tour of a Kenyan village and learn about Maasai tribe traditions.
  • See the Dhow building industry, street bazaars and spice farms of Zanzibar.
  • Take the family to Kenya, a major safari destination for seeing the Big Five and spot pink flamingoes on Lake Nakaru. 
  • Go on spectacular game drives in Tanzania across the Serengeti plains.
  • See hyena, wild dogs, lions and herds of buffalo in Botswana.
  • Sail in a mokoro along Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a river that never reaches the sea, and see 400+ species of bird and the endangered rhino in the Moremi Game Reserve.

Seeing as Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, I am sure you can imagine just how many beautiful places there are to see within it. Take a look at some of our most treasured locations that will be sure to offer you the holidays of a lifetime in Africa.

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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