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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 Africa Safari Experts and our customers, and have finalised our Top 10 tours in Africa.

Iconic destinations - the Kruger National 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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Enthralling game watching by day & superb accommodation by night: Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania has it all.

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 left to arrange is your international flight. Why not make it extra-easy and have your consultant book your flights too?

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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
River crossings are one of the most exciting aspects of the Great Migration across the Serengeti & Masai Mara.

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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
From Cape Town to Kruger, your journey encompasses South Africa's astonishing natural beauty.

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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
A mokoro is one of the best ways to see the waterways that surround Vumbura Plains in the Okavango Delta.

4. Spectacular Selous & Ruaha Respite

Two of Tanzania's least-visited destinations feature on this 5-day luxury tented safari. Designed for the adventurous traveller, you'll be far removed from daily life as you relax in the heart of the Tanzanian wilderness - the virtually untouched Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Siwandu is a luxurious tented camp in Selous, where the birding is out of this world.

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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Restless beasts & relaxing afternoons are the order of the day at Bateleur Camp in the Masai Mara.

6. Best of Namibia & Botswana

Dividing your time equally between the stark, otherworldy beauty of Namibia and world-class game viewing in private Botswana reserves, this 2-week fly-in safari adventure is one of the best and most luxurious ways to experience the highlights of Southern Africa.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Namibia & Botswana couldn't be more opposite but both desert & delta offer exemplary wildlife experiences.

7. Cape, Kruger & Mozambique Insights

Start your 2-week vacation in Cape Town, Africa's favourite city. Then 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 safari & beach itinerary is perfect as a honeymoon or spoil-me-rotten holiday.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Divide your time between the beaches of Bazaruto & the Big 5 of Kruger for a once-in-a-lifetime 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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Aptly named the Pride of Africa, Rovos Rail's leisurely pace takes you through glorious African landscapes.

9. Scenic Tanzania Safari

Explore some of the most beautiful wildlife regions in Tanzania on this sensational 10-day safari. Start your journey in the Tarangire National Park before travelling to the Ngorongoro Conservation area for some game viewing on the crater floor, then end off your trip in the Big 5 star of the show - the Serengeti National Park.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
The Ngorogoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world's largest unbroken caldera, which teems with game.

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.

Best African Safari Tours: Our Top 10 Picks
Both Banyan Tree & Singita offer unparalleled luxury in exquisite settings...

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

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