by Jemma Brewitt on September 28, 2017
6 min read

They say that once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote (thanks Michael Palin).  For those infected with this bug we are going to tempt you further, with the biggest lure of all – Africa. So much to see and so little time! Here are some destination combinations to make sure you don’t miss out on all that Africa has to offer. These tours are simply indications of what is possible, at Rhino Africa, everything is tailor made to your own unique taste. From sandy beaches, diverse cultures, safaris, winelands and waterfalls- you’ll be sure to have a favourite tour:

A map, camera and notebook - ready to take on that African wanderlust bug!
Elephants enjoying a sand bath at sunset and some giraffe in the background

Photo credit: David Stone

1. East Africa Bush and Beach Escape

A getaway filled with safaris, lakes, mountains, cultural and historical attractions and to top it off: picturesque beaches. Why pick between a bush and beach holiday, when you can do both? East Africa is the perfect opportunity to see the Big 5 and escape to white sandy beaches. Start in Tanzania‘s Serengeti, with its’ bustling plains, the mighty Kilimanjaro capped with a snow-laden crown, and the Ngorongoro Crater, hiding a wildlife trove. Soak up the sun in paradise. Jet off to the Zanzibar Archipelago, a chain of island paradises. Historically known for spice trading, the islands hold culture, character and, of course, idyllic beaches. This concoction of destinations is the best way to encompass the must-sees of East Africa .

Duration: 12 days.

Hot air ballooning in the Serengeti in Tanzania

Tanzania

Leopard climbing down a tree in the Ngorongoro are in Tanzania

Tanzania

2. From Grizzly Gorillas to the Great Migration

The ultimate dream trip: to search for and meet the mountain gorillas of Africa and watch the Great Migration. Winding on trails through the Rwandan lush forests and stumbling across some of our closest animal relatives is a truly soul enriching experience. The animal encounters don’t end there, embark on game drives through the Masai Mara in Kenya, and in Tanzania‘s Serengeti, home to the Great Migration. Watch this incredible event as the wildebeest’s embedded instincts send them on a clockwise pilgrimage around the Serengeti Plains. And then, finally relax in the tranquility of the Zanzibar Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Duration: 15 days.

A gorilla family in Rwanda, Africa

Photo credit: African Treasures LTD

A young gorilla munches on a plant stalk

Photo credit: Christoffer Vorm

David Ryan and his team trekking A lion attacks a wildebeest in the Serengeti The Great Migration showing wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania

3. Beaches, Safaris, Winelands and Waterfalls

We’ve put together a terrific trio, exploring the best of three African countries. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana showcase Africa’s pearls. The Mother City, Cape Town, a vibrant and diverse metropolis with so many attractions that you may need to extend your stay! Table Mountain, the Cape Winelands and Robben Island are just the tip of the iceberg. Then it’s time for the grandeur of the ‘smoke that thunders’ – Victoria Falls. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is unmissable and dipping into Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool over the Falls, will be the highlight of the trip. All that’s needed, the cherry on top, is a safari in Botswana, completing an epic African adventure.

Duration: 10 days.

Cape Towns's Table Mountain and Lion's Head and city view

Photo credit: Lenise Calleja

Cape Town's peaceful coastline
sunset view victoria falls zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Photo credit: andBeyond

4. Forests, lemurs, birds and the idyllic beaches of Madagascar

Madagascar is the epitome of paradise. Picture this: lush rainforests filling the 250 islands and each circled by white, unblemished beaches with turquoise waters lapping the shores. Search for the leaping lemurs, birds and other curious creatures of the forest, and keep an eye out for whales breaching from the shores. Go on diving excursions discovering the kaleidoscope of fish, whale sharks and graceful turtles being hosted by 450km of barrier reefs or float around ancient shipwrecks sleeping on the seafloor. Madagascar can be visited all year round, with a drier season from May to October. This exotic island is like no other.

Duration: 12 days.

Aerial view of an island in Madagascar, Africa

Photo credit: Viaggio Routard

Lemurs huddling on a branch in Madagascar

Photo credit: Vladislav Jirousek

Zebu forest in northern Madagascar

Photo credit: Dennis van de Water

Aerial view of Sainte Marie Island in Madagascar

5. A Romantic City, Bush and Beach Holiday

A southern African extravaganza! Combining the diversity and culture of the Mother City, Cape Town, with the thrilling safaris of the iconic game-viewing destination,  Kruger National Park , and finally relaxing under the palm trees on the picturesque, white sands of Mozambique. Boasting pristine and palm-tree scattered  beaches, Mozambique is known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. We’ve also squeezed some liquid luxury into this mix by including a trip through the Franschoek winelands, tasting world class wines.

Duration: 12 days.

Sunset with giraffe standing in the dry grass in Africa Mozambique under water ocean life - turtles Canoeing in Mozambique
Romantic sunset dinner in Mozambique

Azura Mozambique

6. Big 5, Meandering Mountains and History in South Africa

This tour combines the hand picked gems of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. With terrain changing from undulating hills and mountain ranges to the sub-tropical beaches and city streets of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal will spoil you for choice. Conquer the ancient Drankensberg mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 30 000 San paintings and 500 caves, it’s a hikers dream come true. Self-drive through the Midlands Meander‘s quaint towns and winding, lush hills and experience the countryside further with horse riding, fishing and cycling. Improve on your history with the Battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spion Kop, telling you South African conflict stories while experiencing the grounds they took place on. It’s then time for the main event, the world renowned Big 5 at a private game reserve/concession. This tour puts all of Kwazulu-Natal’s eggs in one basket.

Duration: 10 days.

Dine at the Oyster Box Hotel

Oyster Box Hotel – Durban

The lush Drakensberg

The Drakensberg – Photo credit: Arno Mientjies

Horses and their reflections in a dam/lake in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Hartford House, The Midlands Meander

Zulu dancers in South Africa at Phinda Rock Lodge

Photo credit: andBeyond

Lion spotting in Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa

Photo credit: andBeyond

7. Feed that Safari Craving

Introducing a quartet of excellence, a four-destination trip for the best safaris and game viewing. Starting in KwaZulu-Natal  in a private game reserve in a luxury lodge, experience exclusive sightings of the Big 5 in seven distinct ecosystems. The journey then continues to the Sabi Sand region of the Kruger National Park. Enjoy seclusion and privacy while staying in heavenly accommodation and become familiar, yet again, with the Big 5.  Then we throw in a waterfall, make your way to to Zambia to marvel at the unrivaled power of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Victoria Falls. Last, but definitely not least, is the great Okovango Delta in Botswana. Be immersed in the untouched wilderness and make your way through the largest inland delta, teeming with birds and wildlife, in a Mokoro (dug-out-canoe).

Duration: 13 days.

leopard attacking position

Photo Credit: Damon Crane

A spectacular view from a suite in Phinda, South Africa

Phinda – photo credit: andBeyond

Victoria Falls

Canoeing in the Okovango Delta in Botswana

Okovango Delta, Botswana

elephant wetlandsLife is short and the world is wide.

Have your own combination in mind? Tailormade itineraries are our forte.
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