Do you think the idea of a white Christmas is overrated? Then, go green on one of our responsible adventures through Southern and East Africa, and choose from our Yuletide overland tour list. No wrapping required!
We’ve lined up festive experiences for every type of safari-goer, with opportunities to enjoy game drives, thrilling adrenaline antics or simply chill beachside. And, as many of our departures incorporate the New Year, where better to begin YOUR 2019 than in life-changing Africa.
Sundowners, Xmas Safaris & Insta-buzz
How does Christmas Eve in Botswana sound? Chill poolside or by the bar with a sundowner, the prelude to a massively memorable walking safari with the San Bushmen on the 25th. Add in a visit to Swakopmund, Namibia’s very own adventure capital, on the 31st of December – the bucket list location bound to get your insta-feed buzzing!
Grassroots Gifting & The Spirit Of The Smoke That Thunders
Give back on your tour and enjoy Christmas at Chitimba Beach in Malawi. We’ll hook you up with the locals, the range of grassroots activities including visits to the witch doctor, woodcarving and Malawian jewellery making lessons and hikes to the Manchewe Falls. You’ll be spending your New Year’s Eve in lively Livingstone so get
ready to party in Zambia against the backdrop of the stunning Smoke That Thunders!
Star Safaris & Sands
For a festive season you’ll never forget, kick off Christmas with a game drive in Kenya’s world renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. The following tours will also take you beachside for a more chilled New Year. Get horizontal in Dar es Salaam and go beach camping on the 31st of December, Tanzania’s unspoilt white sandy beaches surrounded by Insta-inviting turquoise waters.
Xmas: Fully Loaded!
Feel your heart pumping on the banks of the great River Nile and explore Jinja, Uganda’s adventure capital on the 24th and 25th of December. It’s adrenaline on tap in this East African town – white water rafting, jet boat adventures, kayaking, horse riding, quad biking, and mountain biking available. In the spirit of the season, you will also have the option to volunteer with non-profit, SoftPower – their mission to help build and uplift local schools.
Festive Adventures On Africa’s Sands
There’s nothing quite like celebrating Christmas on the shores of the shimmering Lake Malawi, and Kande Beach is wish list territory for adventurers. If topping up the tan doesn’t quite make the mark, why not go horse riding, take a village walk or flipper up on a snorkelling or dive trip. Meander down the streets of StoneTown on New Year’s Eve, visit a Zanzibari restaurant and feast on mouthwatering seafood dishes before heading to the beach for the countdown.
Animal Advent Calendar
Give yourself the gift of a game drive this Christmas and overland through Namibia’s best-loved wildlife park, Etosha’s main game viewing season running through the month of December. Saving the best ’til last, opt for a more relaxing New Year’s Eve and savour the sights and sounds of the Chobe National Park (known to have the largest population of elephants in the world) on a Fish Eagle river cruise.
Beaches & The Big Five
With its tropical climate, crowd-free beaches and spectacular underwater safaris, Mozambique is the perfect place to flipper up. Spend your Christmas in warmer climes, Tofo, best known for its manta ray and whale shark sightings, and Vilanculos – the Gateway to the famous Bazaruto Archipelago. Safari back on dry land on New Year’s Eve, Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park a “must-visit” Big Five haunt.
Already have plans for NY? Book one of these festive departures…
Have A Very Wild Christmas
For a truly wild Christmas Day, head for Tanzania’s Endless Plains, the unfenced Serengeti National Park home to all three of the big cats, an impressive number of animals and birdlife and the famous annual migration. A teaser of what is to come, grab lunch on the rim on the Ngorongoro Crater on the 24th.
Go walking with Botswana’s San Bushmen on Christmas Day: 12-day Desert & Delta Express departing 19 December
Game drive in the Kruger, South Africa’s premier national park on 24 December: 22-day Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger departing 04 December
Treat yourself to some Christmas Eve wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara: 18-day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara departing 08 December
Enjoy 24/7 animal encounters on December 24th – Namibia’s Etosha’s National Park complete with floodlit waterholes: 11-day Cape Desert Safari northbound departing 15 December
Can’t get away for Christmas, try these New Year only options…
Watch the sun set over Namibia’s Fish River Canyon (the second largest in the world) and end the New Year under the starriest of skies with a few cold beers at the one-of-a-kind Canyon Roadhouse.
OR, sip on a sundowner, poolside in Bulawayo after a day’s walking safari in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park…