It may seem like a world away, but Christmas will be here before you know it, so we’ve picked out a few fabulous “guaranteed to go” tours for your virtual stocking! Book early and you’ll save you oodles of cash by paying our 2017 brochure prices, and you’ll be quids in on your travels too, flights almost always coming in cheaper if you save the date well before the festive season starts.
Once you’ve chosen your dream safari, get ready to soak up the rays, the sunny Yuletide weather often mixed in with afternoon thunderstorms (making your pictures insta-pop) that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.While the fam are feasting on endless rounds of turkey back home, you could be on a game drive in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Tempted? Book yourself on the southbound 7-day African Insight departing on the 20th December.So the “olds” won’t let you off the hook this Christmas? Opt for our 7-day African Insight northbound and travel on a later departure. Kick off 2018 in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park – where the rhino safaris are a thrill a minute! Expect a truly chilled New Years Eve, as we’ll be based at a backpacker paradise in Bulawayo. Cool off in the pool, then grab a few cold ones with your fellow overlanders and end the year with a Zambezi beer. Departing 28 December.East Africa will have your festive season sorted, our 24-day South East Adventure arriving in the Masai Mara the night before Christmas. That’s right, you could be game driving in this world renowned Big Five haven on the 25th and taking five beachside on New Year’s Eve – your tour rocking up to the beautiful Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo. Departing 24 December.Book yourself on the trip-of-a-lifetime and go gorilla viewing with us before the year is out. Our 14-day Gorilla Encounter departs on the 16th of December and as we stop in Jinja on the big day, why not make a splash in Africa this Christmas and raft down the Nile. Are you beach ready for Africa? You could be flippering up at Kande Beach in Malawi this Chrimbo and diving into the blue, our 21-day East African Explorer departing on the 22nd of December. We’ll also be touching down in Zanzibar on New Year’s Eve, and getting the party started on Dar es Salaam’s south beach – 2018 celebratory cocktails in hand! Go wild this Christmas on our 19-day Desert Tracker and watch Etosha’s wildlife round the clock – Namibia’s peak game viewing season running up to the end of December. On New Year’s Eve we’ll be Botswana bound so you can ring in 2018 poolside with Nata’s elephants – our campsite a pachyderm paradise. Departing 16 December. Love the tour, but still can’t get away for Christmas. Opt for a later 19-day Desert Tracker departure. Spend New Year’s Eve in Namibia by the Orange River and chillax as you listen to the soothing sounds of the river drifting by. In the evening up the tempo and get ready to party on into 2018 (live music/DJ still to be announced)! Departing 30 December.
Better than any prezzie under the tree, why not wake up to the sights and sounds of Botswana’s Okavango Delta on Xmas day. Book our 19-day South West Safari, the tour departing on the 20th of December, and you’ll also have the opportunity to get down in the desert on New Year’s Eve. Our top tip: head for Swakopmund’s Tiger Reef as they usually put on a big bonfire and have fireworks to mark the occasion! Treat yourself to some fun in the sun this Christmas and hit the sandy shores of Lake Malawi on the 25th of December. Our 22-day Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger departs on the 19th December and winds its way through to Livingstone on the 31st – the ideal location for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve bash! Do the festive season like a bona fide backpacker and book yourself on our 14-day Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer. Spend the big day chilling in Tofo, the beach bum locale lying on Mozambique’s southern coast, and celebrate the New Year in Bulawayo, the ambience at this Zimbabwean hangout leaving your feeling horizontal. A top tour, start 2018 with a heart racing rhino safari in Matobo National Park!