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Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks

Planning an African safari? Sometimes it helps to have someone do the hard work for you. We've made a careful selection of our best African safari tours, rated most popular by both our consultants and our customers, and have finalised our Top 10 tours in Africa.

Iconic destinations - the Kruger ParkCape TownMasai Mara and Serengeti - feature highly on these itineraries but so do off-the-beaten-path destinations in Tanzania and Botswana as well as tucked-away beaches in the Seychelles and Mozambique.

Moreover, our top rated African safari tours have been chosen to offer a range of experiences: romantics and honeymooners will enjoy our idyllic 'safari and beach' combinations while families will appreciate the child-friendly nature of our popular South African safari tours. Accommodation, transfers and activities are all part of our tours so the only thing you have to arrange is your international flight. Why not make it extra-easy and have your consultant book your flights too?

Top 10 Tours - Cape Town offers incredible scenery, restaurants, attractions and more
Stay in the heart of Cape Town at the ├╝ber-luxurious Cape Grace Hotel

Browse our best African tours below for inspiration. If something appeals, simply contact one of our African Safari Experts and they'll take it from there.

1. Luxury Migration, Lake & Crater Safari

One of our best African tours, this 9-day safari kicks off in Kenya's Masai Mara before heading south into Tanzania for the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Focused on wildlife, this is a great opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration so ask us about getting your timing right.

2. Exclusive Cape Town & Kruger Romance

Two of South Africa's landmark destinations feature on this classic 8-day combination tour and the accommodation ranks among the best on the continent. Expect fine wine, gourmet food, huge views and all the thrills of a Big 5 safari in an exclusive Kruger reserve.

Top 10 Tours - the wildebeest migration in East Africa is a popular attraction
Visit the Serengeti during the migration & witness dramatic river crossings
Top 10 Tours - a remote African safari can be enjoyed in parks like the Selous & Ruaha in Tanzania
Experience a remote African safari in parks like the Selous & Ruaha in Tanzania

3. Luxury Botswana Wilderness Honeymoon

Three sensational lodges await the romantic traveller on this week-long, fly-in safari and with three of Botswana's prime wildlife hotspots on this fly-in itinerary, the game viewing will be extraordinary. It's one of our best safari tours - ask us about the best time to travel for maximum reward.

4. Selous Safari & Island Escape

Two of Tanzania's least-visited destinations feature on this 8-day safari and beach combination. Designed for the adventurous traveller, your Indian Ocean stay is on off-radar Mafia Island while your big game safari is set in the vast, virtually untouched Selous Game Reserve.

5. Majestic Mara Balloon Safari

Perfect for the traveller who is short on time, this 4-day fly-in safari focuses purely on Kenya's iconic Masai Mara. Enjoy game drives, guided walks and spot-lit night drives before getting up extra early for the big one: a hot air balloon flight over the savannah.

Top 10 Tours - a beach break to Zanzibar is a favourite post-safari activity
Discover a sand-between-the-toes paradise on Mozambique's topical islands
Top 10 Tours - Rovos Rail offers luxury on wheels; from cuisine to en-suite rooms
Journey on the world's most luxurious train
Top 10 Tours - For an unforgettable experience, try a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti
Drift over the Mara in a hot-air balloon

6. Marvellous Cape Town & Kruger

Dividing your time equally between majestic Cape Town and a private Big 5 Kruger reserve, this well-balanced 8-day holiday is ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway but families will relish the action-packed itinerary too.

7. Luxury Kruger & Mozambique Odyssey

Search for the Big 5 in a private Kruger reserve before swopping the binoculars for a mask and flippers as you explore the teeming reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Featuring excellent spa facilities throughout, this 9-day safari and beach itinerary is perfect as a honeymoon or spoil-me-rotten holiday.

8. Epic Rail Journey across Africa

A genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience: ride the world's most luxurious train on a 3-week journey that packs in a Big 5 safari, iconic sight-seeing and a tropical beach getaway as you sweep across the continent from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam.

9. Iconic South Africa: Cape & Garden Route Safari

A Big 5 safari in a private, malaria-free Eastern Cape reserve is the show-stopper of this tour but you've got 12 days to self-drive your way there from Cape Town via the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route. One of our best African tours, and ideal for independent-minded families and honeymooners.

10. Highlights of Cape Town, Kruger & Seychelles

Sensational accommodation in three of Africa's most sought-after destinations is the order of the day with this diverse and highly rewarding 15-day tour. Perfect for a honeymoon or exclusive celebration, this tour blends the Big 5 with dreamy scenery and luxurious barefoot beach living.

Written by Dominic Chadbon. Connect with him on Google+.

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